Dayanita Singh is an internationally renowned artist whose medium is photography. Most recently, she has premiered her Museum Bhavan (a collection of seven mobile museums) at the Hayward Gallery in London, at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt and at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago. She has represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and has also premiered her File Room work at the Venice Biennale in 2011. She was awarded the Chevalier dans l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2014, was the recipient of the Prince Claus Award in 2008 and received the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at the Harvard University that same year. She has also published twelve books, most recently Museum of Chance with Steidl. She is represented internationally by Frith Street Gallery, London.
“Kitchen goddess, mother, cookbook author.” With these words Kornelia Santoro describes herself. Two decades ago, she gave up her career as political journalist at a newspaper in Bavaria. After two years of riding an Enfield Bullet through India, she married her Italian husband and soon after a son was born. Nowadays, she channels her literary ambitions and her experiences as a passionate foodie into writing cookbooks and managing a website and a blog. Both her books, Kornelia’s Kitchen – Mediterranean Cooking for India and Kornelia’s Kitchen 2 – Cooking for Allergies, have won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Her new book, dealing with the mood influencing qualities of food, will be published by HarperCollins India in June 2016.
Janhavi Acharekar is the author of the novel Wanderers, All (HarperCollins 2015), a collection of short stories Window Seat: Rush-hour stories from the city (HarperCollins 2009) and the travel guide Moon Mumbai & Goa (Avalon 2009) - the first Indian destination guide by the American travel book series Moon Handbooks. A writer of both fiction and travel, she is a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller India. Her short stories appear in various anthologies of short fiction while her features on travel, books and the arts appear in leading Indian and international publications. She has curated literary festivals like the Crossword and Kala Ghoda litfests (Mumbai) and Lit.mus (Bangalore). Janhavi was awarded the Charles Wallace Visiting Writer’s Fellowship at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 2009. Website: www.janhavistories.com
Narayan Ramchandran is father of two girls, husband of writer, social entrepreneur, columnist and emerging market investor in that order. He worked on Wall Street (mostly at Morgan Stanley) for over 20 years, most recently as head of global emerging market investing and then country head of Morgan Stanley in India.
Ângela Barreto Xavier is an Historian of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. A PhD in History & Civilisation of European University Institute, Florence, lecturer at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and ISCTE-IUL, Maître de Conférences Invitée at EHESS, Paris, and Visiting Scholar at the History Department of Harvard University, she has also taught at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research privileges the cultural and political history of early-modern Portuguese empire,as well as forms of social and cultural exclusion, about which she has published intensively. Her new book is co-authored with Ines G. Županov, Catholic Orientalism; Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge, 16th-18th centuries (OUP, New Delhi, 2015). For more, see http://www.ics.ul.pt/instituto/?ln=p&pid=12&mm=5&ctmid=2&mnid=1&doc=31809901190
Indu K.Mallah is a writer, poet, literary critic, and social activist living in Ooty.Her articles, travel-pieces, and book-reviews have been published in all the leading publications of the country. Several of her short-stories have been broadcast over BBC, and two of her screen-plays have won national awards. Her novel, "Shadows in Dream-time", published by Affiliated East West Press, has won wide critical acclaim,and has been translated into several languages, including German, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese. Several scholars have based their theses on it, and it has been compared to "Finnegan"s Wake ", by James Joyce. Some years ago, a cross-section of her writings was show-cased on a B.B.C. web-site on S.Asian Women writers. Recently, a collection of her poems, entitled "B(r)oken Moon And Other Poems" was published by Authorspress, and has been well-received by the media. A memoir , and a collection of folk-tales compiled by her are in the pipe-line. Indu K.Mallah is currently working on her second novel.
Dr. Rajay R. Pawar is working as Associate Professor & Head of the department of Konkani at Govt. College, Quepem. Publications: His interests and publications include poetry, gajals, drama & essays in particular and creative literature in general. His published includes Pavasfullam (poems: 1995), Anta Anta Shirimanta (drama: 2006), Aamcho Haath Jagannath (drama : 2007), Darne Ka Naay (drama: 2008), Jamle Re Jamle (drama: 2009), Girmeet (collection of essays: 2009) & Natak eka Natkache (drama: 2010), Tension Free (drama: 2013), Oli – Suki (essays: 2014), Konkani Kavitecho Itihas (criticism: 2014). He has penned lyrics for the several Konkani Music Albums. His research papers about Konkani literature are published in the several research publications. Appraisal - Awards: Recipient of साहित्य पुरस्कार of Konkani Bhasha Mandal for पावसफुलां (1996), ‘साहित्य पुरस्कार’ of Goa Konkani Academy for आमचो हात जगन्नाथ (2009), ‘विनोदी साहित्य पुरस्कार’’ of Bimb Parivar, युवा साहित्य पुरस्कार of Yuva Konkani Sahitya Sammelan, (2010), युवा सृजन पुरस्कार of Govt. of Goa awarded by Directorate of Art & Culture, साहित्य पुरस्कार of Goa Konkani Academy for टेन्शन फ्री (2014), He is the recipient of prestigious National Award titled युवा साहित्य पुरस्कार -2009’ of Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, Kolkata - the first ever for Konkani Language in the history of Parishad. Recently he has been conferred with the prestigious National Award काव्य पुरस्कार - 2012 of Kavita Trust, Mangalore.
Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights activist. She grew up in the UK, and studied Molecular Cell Biology at Cambridge. She now lives in Dhaka, where she is involved in various initiatives, including her travel and arts management company, Jatrik. She is also Festival Director and Producer of Dhaka Lit Fest. Her debut poetry collection, Sari Reams, was published in November 2013 by UPL. Her series of monologues, ‘That which cannot be said’, based on Bangladeshi women’s experiences, has recently been performed in various locations in Bangladesh. She is currently working on a novel.
David de Souza grew up in an era when girls did arts, boys science and gujarathis, commerce. That was pretty much it, by default he started out in life, as a biochemist. He bought his first second hand camera in 1977. The camera was like a magic talisman, it started to dictate why, where and what he should do with his life thereafter. He discovered much to his amazement that science at its creative core is Art, not unlike Art itself, and he is discovering with the likes of Damien Hirst that economics at its creative core could be Art too. This blurrs all denominations and has made him a proponent of DeSchooling. He did advertising photography for 15 years and in the last 7 years has decided to dedicate himself towards his own monographs, collaborating with his wife on 2 books. He has 7 commissioned books and has 10 of his own monographs ready for publication. He currently lives in Moira
A reporter and writer who lives in Bangalore, Halarnkar is the author of “Nirvana Under the Rain Tree”, an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution, and “A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking -- And Other Dubious Adventures. He is the editor of Indiaspend.org, a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit. He also writes on social and economic change in India, science and technology, the treatment of women and religious affairs. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and most recently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. A journalist for 24 years, his last full-time job was Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times, where he took a special interest in creating teams of reporters to cover issues of public importance, such as urban renewal, hunger and poverty. A native of Goa, Halarnkar is an enthusiastic cook, the fallout of his culinary experiences finding their way into a popular cooking column that runs in Mint.
The International Centre Goa, Goa Writers Group and Goa 1556 co-organised the Book Release of "From Mind to Keyboard" A collection of essays by writers of their journey(s) edited by Sheela Jaywant on 9th July 2016. This was the first Curtain Raiser Programme for VIIth Edition of Goa Arts & Literature Festival 2016.