Sandesh Prabhudesai is an author, a journalist and a cultural activist, based in Goa. He has been writing for the last four decades, since 1979, street plays, radio plays, columns, articles as well as literary and cultural reviews in Konkani, Marathi and English, besides his journalistic writing. He has published five books of his ‘original writings’ ??????, ???, ????? ?????? ? ?????? ?????? (Konkani); ????? (Marathi) and Clear Cut (English). He has also translated Bhagat Singh’s ‘Why I am an Atheist’ in Konkani, for the National Book Trust. Since 1978, he has worked in the Student, Youth and Workers’ movements. He initiated the Street Play movement in Goa, in 80s, writing over 20 scripts and songs. He edited and wrote for Student and Youth magazines. He has been actively participating in organising cultural and literary festivals, especially for the students and youth. Sandesh joined professional journalism in 1987, and has since worked in local Konkani, Marathi and English dailies in different positions, from Reporter to Editor. He has also worked for national and international media, including rediff.com, The Sunday Observer, The Pioneer, BBC etc in Print, Radio and Internet. He has also headed Goan TV channels, anchoring debates, election analysis as well as interviews. He edits Goa’s first news website goanews.com, since 1999. He writes opinion columns throughout his career for several newspapers, periodicals as well as Internet portals in Konkani, Marathi and English. He sometimes also plays with Poetry. He has bagged several awards in Journalism as well as Literature, besides Theatre. Presently, he is the Consulting Editor of Goan TV Channel Goa365.
Antara Dev Sen is the founder editor of The Little Magazine, an independent journal of ideas and letters, and the first Indian magazine to focus on contemporary South Asian literature and offer it in English translation. Sen is also a literary critic and translator, a newspaper columnist and commentator on the media, politics and culture. She has edited several books including the TLM Short Stories from South Asia series. Earlier, Sen was Senior Editor of the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express in Delhi. She has also been a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University. Sen is associated with other media, literary, educational, and voluntary organisations in India and overseas. She lives in Delhi.
Sujatha Fernandes is a writer and professor at the University of Sydney. She is the author of several academic monographs, including most recently Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling (Oxford). Her literary work includes a memoir on a global hip hop life, Close to the Edge (Verso), and a forthcoming collection of essays entitled The Cuban Hustle (Duke). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, New Ohio Review, Maine Review, and Aster(ix), among other places. She is currently completing a collection of interlinked short stories entitled Shadow People and is working on a novel about Goan migrants in coastal Karnataka during the colonial wars of the eighteenth century.
Anand Teltumbde is a writer, columnist, political analyst, and civil rights activist associated with many civil society organizations. He is published regularly by all popular newspapers and progressive periodicals including EPW in which he wrote a column “Margin Speak”. His recent books are Republic of Caste (Navayana, 2018) and The Radical in Ambedkar (Penguin, 2018), Mahad: The Making of the First Dalit Revolt (Aakar, Delhi 2017) and Dalits: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2017). An alumnus of IIM, Ahmadabad, he has held top management position in the corporate world. As an academic, he taught in IIT, Kharagpur, and currently heads Big Data Analytics Programme at Goa Institute of Management.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1979, Santiago Lusardi Girelli is an Argentinian-Italian Music Conductor, Composer and Scholar of the music and philosophy of the traditions of the East and West. Dr. Lusardi Girelli has worked as lecturer and choir and orchestra conductor and in more than 20 countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia for the last 20 years. He holds Master degrees in Orchestra, Choir Conduction, Philosophy, and a PhD in Music Aesthetics and Philosophy. As the result more than ten years of research on Indian Philosophy he has published his Thesis on Buddhist Phenomenology and Hindu Ritualism and its links with Western Music & Art Tradition. Santiago has conducted choirs and orchestras, professional and amateurs, around the world throughout more than 300 concerts, and leaded music tours in several countries, from the Amazonas Rain Forest to Leipzig-Germany (J.S. Bach´s city); and from Peruvian Machu Pichu to the Indian Himalayas. His enthusiasm, leadership and passion for music, philosophy and cultures have led him to accomplish several important achievements and recognitions that have earned him the esteem of the local and international press alike. Currently located in India, Santiago holds the Anthony Gonsalves Chair as Visiting Research Professor at the Goa University in India, and he is the conductor of the Goa University Choir -the very first University choir of India-, he also collaborates as Lecturer, Composer and Guest Conductor with different Universities and professional orchestras and choirs from South America, Africa, Europe and India.
Author and journalist, David Devadas is an authority on Kashmir. His books, `The Generation of Rage in Kashmir’ (OUP, 2018) and `The Story of Kashmir’ (2019) are eye-openers. Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Social Sciences, he has been Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Visiting Professor at Jamia Millia Islamia, and Political Editor of Business Standard. He has made critically acclaimed presentations at international conferences at the universities of Heidelberg and Zurich, and has been an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Professor Devadas’s predictions have proved consistently accurate during more than three decades of reporting and analysing Kashmir. He has lived with families in rural, urban, and suburban Kashmir for long periods over the past quarter-century.
As a journalist, he covered the first Reagan-Gorbachev detente summit in Geneva in 1985, the Conference on Disarmament which drafted the CTBT in 1996, the UNGA in 1997, and the Vajpayee-Sharif Lahore summit in 1999.
Clarice Vaz born in Kampala, Uganda in 1964 returned to Goa - Moira ,her ancestral home with her family in 1970. Although she excelled academically .....she chose nursing as a profession after desiring a career in serving others working in Bangalore and Mumbai briefly, eventually going back to her childhood passion of painting due to a health condition
Being self taught she has had several solo exhibitions in Goa. Today she is a contemporary Abstract Artist working primarily with acrylics constantly experimenting with colours, textures, mediums, gels using non traditional tools and even tools of her trade namely the syringe and different gauge needles, tubes etc. Her unique style of syringe painting which involves caressing the surface of the canvas with short bursts of spirals, dots, lines and curves have become popular with her clients. It's a tedious process. She also uses acrylic paste giving her paintings a 3D effect. Her creative endeavours include photography, writing short real life stories about village life.
Her love for her heritage drove her to create her first visual story book " A Song for Saligao."
She now resides with her family and two dogs in her pristine village of Saligao.
Hanuman Kambli teaches art at the Goa College of Art. He is one of India’s foremost print makers and widely regarded as an outstanding artist, painter, and teacher. His works address his personal experiences of Indian mythology and philosophy. Hanuman enjoys an international reputation, and his works have been exhibited in major centres in India and abroad. He is the recipient of several awards and honours. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Western Michigan University (1999); an Artist-in-Residence at the Wimbledon School of Art (1994-95); Lincoln University (2003); and the Central TAFE, Western Australia (2005); and an International Visiting Scholar at the Montclair State University (2009). In 2012, he was conferred with the Rashtriya Swasti Samman (Ujjain, M.P.) for his consistent contributions in the field of visual art form; the Goan Achievers Awards by Navhind Times and Viva Goa for his contributions in the field of art and culture; and in 2013, the Government of Goa conferred its highest award for cultural excellence in the field of fine art. He was a juror for the Seventh Bharat Bhavan International Print-Art Biennial (2006) at Bhopal; and for the 53rd National Exhibition of Art organised by Lalit Kala Academy. Hanuman prepared the original artwork for the eighth edition of the Goa Arts & Literature Festival (GALF).
Dr. Miniya Chatterji is CEO of Sustain Labs, a company based out of India, France, and New Zealand that turns around large traditional organisations to make them more sustainable. Sustain Labs’ current portfolio consists of large infrastructure companies, leading universities, government infrastructure projects in India, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Miniya was Chief Sustainability Officer of Jindal Steel & Power group of companies 2014 - 2017, and prior to that she was in the senior management of the World Economic Forum 2011-2014 in Geneva where she led the WEF in Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Before that, Miniya was managing a Eur 200 million hedge fund in Paris for a few years. She started as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in 2006 in London. Earlier, Miniya worked as policy analyst with Jerome Monod the Chief Counsellor to the President of France Jacques Chirac 2003 - 2006. Miniya is a frequent speaker at Davos and at other World Economic Forum regional summits. She is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and for The Circulars award that is given away each year at Davos. Miniya is a member of the parliament of Francophone writers.
She is a columnist for The Harvard Business Review, The Indian Express and The Pioneer.
Indian Instincts - essays on freedom and equality in India is Miniya Chatterji’s first book. The book was published by Penguin Random House and launched in India in March 2018. The book is a best seller in India and was reviewed by all leading publications. Additionally, it was launched and distributed in Switzerland, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. The book is being translated in to several languages. The Bengali language edition of the book, published by Sampark Publishing House will be out in November 2019. The French language edition of the book, published by Penguin Random House will be out in April 2020.
Miniya has a PhD from Sciences-po Paris. She was a research fellow at Columbia University and Harvard University. She is a Global Leadership Fellow alumna of the World Economic Forum.
Dadu Mandrekar is an Ambedkarite activist, writer, poet, photographer, journalist, and editor of two journals Prajasattak and Paryavaran. He has authored many books, including Bahishkrut Gomantak (a survey and study of Goan Dalits), Shapit Surya (a poetry collection), Satyacha Shodh (a study of the Buddha), Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Antarashtriya mahatva ani mahatmya (a study of Dr B R Ambedkar), Bharatiya Savidhan: Antarashtriya Prabhav ani Parinam (On the importance of the Indian Constitution) and two more poetry collections: Umbartha and Onjal Lavachi. His book Shapit Surya won the Goa Marathi Academy literary award, while Bahishkrut Gomantak won the Mahatma Phule ani Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Vichar Pracharak Sanstha literary award. He has won many other awards, for literary works, civil rights, and handicraft production as well, including the Namdeo Dhasal Kavya Puraskar for poetry, Sanvidhan Ratna Puraskar for work on the constitution, Goa Sudarop America award for civil rights, Norman Dantas award for transformative work in Goa, Samrat Ashoka Smriti Mahanayak award from the Mahanayak newspaper, and First Class Award in Handicrafts from the Directorate of Industries and Mines, Goa.