Resource Persons 2018


Abhiram Bhadkamkar

Abhiram Bhadkamkar graduated from the National School of Drama specialising in acting. Currently, he is an actor, director and writer in both Hindi & Marathi films and plays. ‘Hasat Khelat’, ‘Pahuna’, ‘Jyacha Tyacha Prashna’, ‘Ladi Najaria’, ‘Dehbhan’, and ‘Sukhanshi’ are some of his major works (Read More).


Achyuta Kumar

Achyuta Kumar is a well-known actor in the Kannada and Tamil film industries. Basically, a theatre person, Achyuta was trained in Ninasam Theatre Institute. He went on to form the Protheu theatre (Read More).


Alok Rajwade

Alok Rajwade is an Indian actor, director, singer and painter. He has appeared in Marathi and Hindi films, and experimental plays. Rajwade’s first major play was in Abhraham Lincolnche Patra (Read More).


Atamjit Singh

Atamjit is a Punjabi playwright and theatre director active for the last 40 years. His main concerns in his plays are the displacement/migration of people of Punjab, exploitation of marginalized groups (Read more).


B. Surendra Rao

B. Surendra Rao (1948) is formerly Professor of History, Mangalore University. His special interest is Modern Indian History, Philosophy of History and Historiography (Read More).


Champa Shetty

Champa Shetty has acted in several major theatre productions in Kannada such as ‘Mante Swamy Katha Prasanga’, ‘Huchcheeriya Hesarina Prasanga’ ‘Santhe yalli Nitha Kabira’, and ‘Siri Purandhara’ to name a few (Read More).


Charu Nivedita


Charu Nivedita is a postmodern, transgressive Tamil writer, based in Chennai. There is an invisible ban on his writings in the Tamil milieu, whereas he is widely translated into Malayalam in nearby Kerala (Read More).


Chintan Modi 

Chintan Girish Modi describes himself as a traveller, writer and peace educator. His home base is Mumbai but work has taken him to faraway places in USA, Nepal, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He earned his BA in English Literature with (Read More).


Damodar Mauzo

Damodar Mauzo is a novelist and short fiction writer, scriptwriter and critic. He has over 15 books to his credit. His 1983 Sahitya Akademi award-winning novel Karmelin has been translated into over a (Read More).


Deepa Ganesh

Deepa Ganesh works as Deputy Editor at The Hindu, Bangalore. A student of literature and the arts, Deepa has been closely involved in translation work (Read More).


Ganesh Devy

G N Devy, writes in three languages –Marathi, Gujarati and English. He is engaged in three disciplines–Anthropology, Linguistics and Literature (Read More).


G Rajashekhar


G Rajashekhar is a writer and literary critic based in Udupi. His works include Kagodu Satyagraha: An account of peasants’ movement of 1948 (Read More).


H.S. Shivaprakash

Author of 9 books of poems, 15 plays and 3 critical works in Kannada, which are widely discussed, performed and translated into several Indian languages and into English (Read More).


Jayant Kaikini


Jayant Kaikini, Kannada poet, short story writer, columnist and playwright with six short story volumes, five poetry collections, three collections of non-fiction, and three plays to his credit (Read More).


K. Chinnappa Gowda

K. Chinnappa Gowda (born 1955) is formerly a Professor of Kannada, Mangalore University and was, for a while, the Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Folklore University (Read More).


Keatan .P. Jadhav

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Keatan. P. Jadhav has performed as an actor in over fifty-five plays staged across India, he has also directed and written plays in Hindi, Marathi and Konkani (Read More).


Keshavchaitanya Kunte

Dr Keshavchaitanya Kunte (usually referred to as Chaitanya Kunte) is a Harmonium player, composer and musicologist. Dr Kunte is founder director of ‘Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade Archives of Performing Culture’, Pune. He is currently working as (Read More).


Kunzang Choden

 

Kunzang Choden is the first Bhutanese woman writer to write a novel in English, a publisher of books for children, and is the curator for the Ogyen Choling Museum, Bhutan. Her first novel (Read More).


K V Akshara


Born 24th April 1960, Akshara K V got his BA in literature at Sagara, and then got theatre training at National School of Drama, New Delhi and MA in theatre arts from the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, UK (Read More).


Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and a trained classical vocalist who lives in Guwahati, Assam. Her published literary works include (Read More).


Nadeem Shah

Nadeem Shah has been a dastangoi performing artiste since 2010. The art form is an extension of Nadeem ’s interest in medieval history and  Urdu literature. He teaches medieval (Read More).


Prasenjit Biswas

Prasenjit Biswas is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Besides he has taught Philosophy at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Indian Institute of Philosophy, Mumbai and Guwahati, Assam University (Read More).


Patricia Mary Mukhim

Patricia Mary Mukhim is an Indian social activist, writer, journalist and the editor of Shillong Times, known for her social activism and her writings on mining in Meghalaya and (Read More).


Ramakrishnan Ramanathan

 

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan known as Ramu Ramanathan is a Mumbai-based journalist, playwright and poet. His book 3, Sakina Manzil and Other Plays is a collection of eight Indian plays in English which has been published by Orient Blackswan (Read More).


Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is a leading Anglophone Indian poet, and has also been acclaimed as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism. His collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), and, most recently, Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018) (Read More).


Rajendra Chenni

Rajendra Chenni, Professor of English at Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka, writes in Kannada and English. He has authored 12 books in Kannada and four in English. He has received (Read More).


Ravindra Katoti

Ravindra started learning Hindustani classical Harmonium at the age of eight. Since then he has been the disciple of Pandit Rambhau Bijapure, a Harmonium (Read More).


S Diwakar

Diwakar, a well known Kannada writer, has published over 30 books of short fiction, poetry, essays, columns, translations and literary criticism. As a journalist, he has served as a reporter (Read More).


Sameer Dublay


Sameer Dublay is a professional vocalist of the Hindustani classical tradition. He has performed extensively in India across major cities like Pune, Mumbai, Baroda, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Bengaluru, etc (Read More).


Sandesh Bhandare

Sandesh Bhandare is an award-winning freelance photographer and photojournalist who contributes to various magazines and newspapers such as Heritage India, Hindustan Times, Outlook, Outlook Traveler, India Today, etc. He is a visiting lecturer (Read More).


Sanjeeva Suvarna

Sanjeeva Suvarna is regarded as one of the foremost artists specialising in Yakshagana of the northern style. Sanjeeva is well-versed in traditional Yakshagana of Badagu Thittu style. He has mastered all the steps and techniques of (Read More).


Sanjoy Hazarika

Sanjoy Hazarika, human rights activist, scholar, author, journalist, filmmaker and policy adviser is International Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an international (Read More).


Shaili Sathyu

Shaili Sathyu is the Artistic Director of Gillo Repertory Theatre, an organization that specializes in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has directed and produced more than 15 plays for different age groups (Read More).


Sushama Deshpande

Sushama Deshpande has been an active theatre practitioner for more than forty years. She is a writer, director and actor known for portraying strong women characters. Her notable works (Read More).


Tenzin Tsundue

Tenzin Tsundue was born to a Tibetan refugee family in India. He is a Tibetan writer and activist. The author of four books of poetry and stories, he won the first ever Picador-Outlook Non-Fiction Contest in 2002. He is now working on his fifth book, a book of (Read More).


Tejashree J. N.

Tejashree J. N. is a well-known poet, translator and educator from Hassan, Karnataka. She has a post-graduate degree in English and a Post Graduate Diploma in translation. She has taught English for more than a decade (Read More).


T P Ashoka

T P Ashoka is a well-known critic and scholar in Kannada who has been teaching and writing on literature, film and theatre for the last four decades. Apart from teaching English language and literature in an autonomous college in Sagar (Read More).


Veena Srinivas 

Veena Srinivas is an artist from Mangalore known for her efforts in propagating and creating a renewal of interest in Kāvi mural paintings, a form of painting on the inner and outer walls of temples in the Konkan coast of India (Read More).


Vidyanidhee Vanarase

Vidyanidhee Vanarase, (Prasad), completed his post graduation from the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi. He has designed and directed more than (Read More).