Resource Persons

m.i.l.a.p. 2017 will comprise of curated events to facilitate thoughtful and sustained interactions between writers, artists, readers and the audience. We are thrilled to announce the names of some of the speakers who will be joining us this year.

Aleix Ruiz Falques


Aleix Ruiz Falques graduated in Classical philology and holds masters in Sanskrit from the University of Pune, India. His doctorate work with University of Cambridge focuses on the Pāli grammatical tradition in Myanmar, from XII to XV centuries A.D (Read More).

Ananya Kasaravalli

Ananya Kasaravalli

Ananya Kasaravalli has a masters degree in film making from L V Prasad Film and TV academy, Chennai. Born into a family of film makers, her interest in film making comes naturally to her (Read More).

Anjum Katyal

Anjum Katyal

Anjum Katyal is an editor, writer, translator and critic. She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre and Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience (Read More).

Anuradha Kuber

Anuradha Kuber

Anuradha is a promising vocalist of the young generation and one of the very few performers of the “Bhendi Bazar Gharana” gayaki. Anuradha was initiated into music at the tender age of 6. She has been trained in the gharana gayaki for fifteen years by the veteran musician and Guru Late Pandit T.D. Janorikar (Read More).

Arunaraje Patil

Arunaraje Patil

Arunaraje Patil is a writer, editor, critically acclaimed award-winning film-maker and producer. She is the author of the book Freedom: My Story. She was the first female technician to be trained at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) forty-nine years ago (Read More).

Bharat Gupt

Bharat Gupt

Prof. Bharat Gupt, a retired Associate Professor from the University of Delhi, is a well known figure in the field of arts. He is a classicist, theatre theorist, sitar and surbahar player, musicologist, cultural analyst, and newspaper columnist (Read More).

Chandrakanth Pokale

Chandrakant Pokale

Chandrakant Pokale was a professor of Kannada at Jr. College, Bedkihal District in Belgaum, where he also eventually became the Principal. His service to the college lasted for 35 years, across which he published many translations from Marathi to Kannada (Read More).

Jnanpith Chandrasekhar Kambara


A man of many talents, Chandrashekara Kambara is not only a modern Kannada novelist, dramatist and academician but has also successfully ventured into film making and acting. He is the recipient of the Jnanpith Award, 2011, Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri by the Government of India, Sangeet Natak Academy award, among many others (Read More).

C N Ramachandran

CN Ramachandran

Dr. C N Ramachandran is an award-winning Karnataka-born writer, translator and academician. His life’s work has primarily involved literary criticism and translation. He has over 30 books to his name in both English and Kannada (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. Her book on the doyen of Hindustani music Gangubai Hangal, “A Life in Three Octaves” has been published by Three Essays.  (Read More).

Diya Naidu

Diya Naidu

Diya Naidu studied ISTD jazz, classical ballet, choreography techniques, Kathak and physical theatre before graduating from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2007 (Read More).

Girish Kasaravalli


A pioneer in Parallel Cinema, Girish Kasaravalli is a legendary Kannada film director with an international repute. He has to his distinction fourteen National Film Awards and has been awarded the Padma Shri. His riveting works include films like Ghatashraddha, Tabarana Kathe, Thaayi Saheba and Dweepa (Read More).

Hemachandran Karah

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM), Dr Hemachandran Karah wrote a Ph.D thesis on the writings of Ved Mehta, the Indian-American author of the acclaimed cycle of autobiographical works called Continents of Exile, and earned his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, UK (Read More).

Ira Pande


Having worked for the Indian Express, Seminar as well as the editor of the book review journal Biblio followed by positions as the Managing Editor of Dorling-Kindersley and Chief Editor of Roli Books and the Publications Division of the India International Centre, Ira Pande has established herself has a writer, translator and editor (Read More).

Jayant Kaikini

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, is also a much sought-after award-winning lyricist,  script and dialogue  writer  for  Kannada  films (Read More).

K Satchidanandan


K Satchidanandan is a well-known Malayalam poet, bilingual critic, and translator. He has been honoured with several literary awards such as the Indian National Academy Award, Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy, and India-Poland Friendship Medal from the government of Poland (Read More).

K V Akshara

Akshara K V

Born 24th April 1960, K V Akshara 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).

Kamala M R

Kamala Ramaswamy

Kamala M R was born in the year 1959 in Metikurke, a village in the district of Hassan to parents M H Ramaswamy and Smt. Vishalakshi. An M.A and LLB graduate from Bangalore University, she was awarded the “B.M. Shree Gold Medal” for excelling in Western Literature (Read More).

Kiran Nagarkar


Kiran Nagarkar is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravan and Eddie, Cuckold (for which he won the Sahitya Akademi Award), God’s Little Soldier and The Extras, a sequel to Ravan and Eddie. His first book, Saat Sakkam Trechalis, written in Marathi and translated into English as Seven Sixes are Forty-three, is considered a landmark in post-Independence Indian literature (Read More).

L Subramani

Journalist and author L Subramani works with the Deccan Herald and has written the book Lights Out: A True Story of a Man’s Descent into Blindness (2014). He has extensively written about disability issues, particularly about the need for accessible books, the merits and applications of accessible technology and software testing (for accessibility) (Read More).

Mallepuram G Venkatesh

Mallepuram G Venkatesh is a well known scholar of Sanskrit language and literature. He is known for his Sanskrit Dictionary, which contains a detailed study of the terms of Kavya Shastra (Read More).

Mukund A N

a n mukunda

A N Mukund can be characterized as a ‘photographer-lyricist’ because of his extremely special style of capturing images of personalities as seen by his eyes, using, however, the lens of his camera as a tool. The photographic skill is transmuted into very expressive art by means of his special style of capturing personality images (Read More).

N Manu Chakravarthy


N Manu Chakravarthy teaches Critical Theory, Post-Colonial Theory and Film Theory to post-graduate students at the National College Basavanagudi, Bengaluru. He was earlier Professor and Head of the Department of English at NMKRV College, Bangalore (Read More).

N S Gundur

N S Gundur

Dr N S Gundur, Professor, Department of Studies and Research in English, Tumkur University, has been a bilingual writer. His areas of research interest include Literary and Critical Theory, European Philosophy, Liberal Education, Kannada Literary and Cultural Studies (Read More).

N T Bhat


Dr. N T Bhat (Born 1939) interim Project Director of the Regional Resources Centre for Folk Performing Arts in Karnataka, since July 2000, is an alumnus of MGM College (B.A.-1959).  Between 1960 and 1968 he was Tutor in English in the college (Read More).

Nalini Thampi

Nalini Thampi

Dr. Nalini J. Thampi  has  been  teaching  French  language  and civilisation as  well  as  francophone  literatures   for  more  than 35  years.  She  has  many  publications to  her  credit,  specially  on  women  writing  amongst  others (Read More).

O L Nagabhushana Swamy

O L Nagabhushana

O L Nagabhushana Swamy is not only a renowned translator and Kannada author who has authored 37 books but also a person of diverse talents. He has ventured into writing film scripts, directing and acting in plays and sharing his expertise and passion through workshops in creative writing and film appreciation (Read More).

Sajal Dey

Sajal Dey

Poet, translator and russologist Dr. Sajal Dey hails from Kolkata, West Bengal. He received his education at the universities of Calcutta, Santiniketan (Visva-Bharati) and Hyderabad (CIEFL/EFLU) (Read More).

Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy

Sandip Roy’s debut novel Don’t Let Him Know which was longlisted for the DSC South Asian prize and the Green Carnation Prize in the UK and won the APALA honour title for Asian Pacific American Awards for Literature in 2015 in the USA and the Likho prize in India (Read More).

Shanta Gokhale


Shanta Gokhale is a writer, journalist, theatre critic and translator of Indian origin. She published her stories in a variety of publications in the 1970s, eventually transitioning into the publication of her novels and plays (Read More).

Shilpaa Anand

An Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad, Dr Shilpaa Anand is a disability studies scholar (Read More).

Shivarama Padikkal

Shivarama Padikkal is a professor at Hyderabad Central University. His research interests centre on translation studies, interdisciplinary studies, and cultural studies (Read More).

U Maheshwari

U Maheshwari is a Kannada professor at Mysore University. Her specialization is in early Kannada women novelists. She is known for her important work titled Manushiya Matu, which is an extensive archival research of the early writings of women (Read More).

V B Tharakeshwar

V B Tharakeshwar is a professor at the English and Foreign Languages University. He has worked on early Kannada adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays to study how translations have played a key role in shaping the language and literature (Read More).

Velcheru Narayana Rao

V N Rao

Velcheru Narayana Rao taught Telugu and Indian literatures for thirty eight years at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also taught at the University of Chicago, and is currently Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature and History at Emory (Read More).


vaidehi - photo by netraraju-

Vaidehi (Janaki Srinivasa Murthy) is one of the most significant and prolific writers of modern Kannada.  Being an author of 43 works Vaidehi’s creativity is multi-faceted. Starting as a serious writer of short stories during the early eighties she has written short stories, poetry, fiction, reminiscences, essays, children’s plays, and translations (Read More).

Vivek Rai

Vivek Rai

Professor B A Vivek Rai, former vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore and Kannada University, Hampi, is an eminent writer. He was invited by Wusburg University, Germany, as a research scholar in 2009 (Read More).

Vivek Shanbhag

Vivek Shanbhag

Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies, one of them in English. For 7 years from 2005 to 2012, he published and edited the literary journal Desha Kaala (Read More).