Aadhavan Dheetchanya is a Tamil poet and author. He has to his credit collections of poetry, short stories and essays. He is also the General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers' Artists Association and the State Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front. His works include Meesai Enpathu Verum Mayir and Liberalpalaiyam Kathaikal.
Aamer Hussein, born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, spent 18 months at school in Ooty before moving to London for further education. He graduated from SOAS and began to write in the mid-1980s. His first volume of stories, Mirror to the Sun, appeared in 1993. His works of fiction published in India include the volumes of short stories The Blue Direction (1999), Insomnia (2009), and 37 Bridges (2015); and the novels Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011). His most recent collection, Hermitage, has just appeared in Pakistan. Hussein was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004. He writes in both English and Urdu and spends his time between London and Karachi.
Aanchal Malhotra is a New Delhi-based artist and oral historian working with memory and material culture. She is the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory, a digital repository tracing family histories and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and antiques from the Indian subcontinent. Her debut book, Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory, was published by HarperCollins India in 2017.
Abdullah Khan is a Mumbai-based novelist, screenwriter and banker. Born in a village near Motihari, Bihar, he was initially educated in a madarsa and Urdu medium school. In mid-1990s, he discovered that George Orwell was born in Motihari. Orwell’s connection with his home district drew him towards literature. Abdullah’s writings have appeared in Brooklyn Rail (New York), Wasafiri (London), The Hindu, and Friday Times (Pakistan) among others. He is also a screenwriter and his debut film, Viraam, was released in December 2017. His first novel, Patna Blues, was published in September 2018.
Aditya Mukherjee retired as Professor of Contemporary Indian History, JNU, New Delhi. He was Dean, School of Social Sciences, JNU, and President (Modern India) of the Indian History Congress. He has been Visiting Professor at Duke University, the US, the Universities of Rome and Tokyo, and Fellow at the Institutes of Advanced Study at Nantes, France, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Lancaster, UK. He is the author of Imperialism, Nationalism and the Making of the Indian Capitalist Class, and has co-authored the best sellers Struggle for India’s Independence and India Since Independence and RSS School Texts and the Murder of Mahatma Gandhi: The Hindu Communal Project. He has edited several volumes of the Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru, and Volume V of A Centenary History of the Indian National Congress, 1964-84.
AJ Thomas is an Indian English poet, author, translator and editor. He was Editor of Indian Literature and is its Guest Editor now. He taught English in Benghazi University, Ajdabiya, Libya from 2008 to 2014. He was also a Senior Consultant at IGNOU. Some of his major contributions include Germination (Poetry, 1989); Aagami Pal Ka Nirman (his poetry in Hindi translation, 2010); Bhaskara Pattelar and Other Stories, (1993) and Reflections of a Hen in Her Last Hour and Other Stories, both collections of Paul Zacharia's stories in translation along with others; translations of the important works of Jnanpith awardee Malayalam poet ONV Kurup; Best of Indian Literature, a four-volume anthology of Indian literatures in 1600 pages, which he co-edited; Like A Psalm, translation of Perumpadavam Sreedharan’s iconic novel, Oru Sankeerthanam Pole; and several others. His poems and essays have appeared in national and international anthologies and publications. He is the recipient of the Katha Award, the AKMG Prize (which enabled him to tour USA, UK and Europe in 1997) and the Vodafone Crossword Award (2007). He is a Senior Fellow, Department of Culture, Government of India and Honorary Fellow, Department of Culture, Government of South Korea. He has been invited as a speaker in writers’ conferences and readings in South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Nepal.
Akhila Ramnarayan (Dr) is a writer, independent scholar, theatre actor, and trained Carnatic vocalist with a PhD in postcolonial studies from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, the US. She has taught at the University of Dayton (US), and Asian College of Journalism (Chennai), was Learning and Development Manager at Pramati Technologies, Chennai and the Krea University. A key member of JustUs Repertory and founder member of Sahrdaya Foundation, she performs a variety of roles in both: acting, writing, dramaturgy, research, singing, music composition, production, social media design/marketing, and administration. She has received national recognition for theatre (acting) as the 2013-2014 awardee of the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar.
Amitabha Bagchi is the author of four novels. His most recent work Half the Night is Gone (2018) has been shortlisted for the JCB Prize 2018 and The Hindu Prize 2018. Bagchi lives in New Delhi with his wife and son.
Anamika Haksar graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, with a Bachelor's in History, and from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, where she studied under BV Karanth. Between 1982 and 1988, she studied at the State Institute of Theatrical Arts, Moscow (USSR), and specialised in Direction and received the Diploma of Excellence in Theatre Direction. In 1995, she received the Sanskriti award for contribution to new theatre language. In 2013, Anamika directed her debut short film Pagdandi. Her Composition on Water was a performance and installation based on texts from Dalit writers, including Namdeo Dhasal's Water, was part of the Kochi Muziris Biennale. Her debut film Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon was selected for the MAMI and Dharamshala International Film Festivals. She has directed many theatre productions, taught and conducted workshops across the country.
Anjum Hasan is the author of the novels The Cosmopolitans, Neti, Neti and Lunatic in my Head; the short story collections A Day in the Life and Difficult Pleasures; and the book of poems Street on the Hill. Her books have been nominated for various awards including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, The Hindu Prize and the Crossword Fiction Award. Her short stories, essays and poems are widely published.
Anita A Thomas is an author, blogger and a website designer. Her first book, Senserly, Amako, was launched in Singapore in January 2018 at the ASEAN-PBD Writers Festival and later showcased at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC 2018). It was also launched in Lucknow, India at the SRMU Kitaab Literature Festival and featured in the Gold Coast Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference in Australia. Anita has worked as a media producer, owned a film production company and freelanced in India, Indonesia and Singapore in production and writing for advertising, design and public relations agencies, corporate clients and non-profit organisations. Anita designed, set-up, co-owns and maintains (since 2004) www.singaporeforkids.com, a website for residents in and visitors to Singapore. She has an abiding interest in everything new and intriguing that impacts the way we think and live and her passions are the theatre of the absurd, travel, photography, animals, food, music and children (in no particular order). She is currently working with young professionals in Singapore to capture the spirit of her book in a song and a short-animated film.
Anuradha Roy is the author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing and The Folded Earth, as well as Sleeping on Jupiter, which won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Her latest novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, was published worldwide in 2018 and has won the Tata Book of the Year Award. It has also been nominated for the DSC Prize, the JCB Prize, and The Hindu Prize. Roy won the Economist Crossword Prize for The Folded Earth, which was longlisted for the Man Asia Prize. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing was picked as one of the Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, Huffington Post and Seattle Times. Her books have been translated into over 15 languages including French, Italian, Russian, German, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and Portuguese. She works as a designer at Permanent Black, an independent press she runs with Rukun Advani. She lives in Ranikhet, India.
Anushka Ravishankar used to write computer programmes before she switched to writing absurd verse for children. She has written over thirty books for children, including picture books in verse, chapter books, retellings of folk tales and non-fiction. Several of them have been published internationally and have won awards. Some of her books are: Catch That Crocodile, Moin and the Monster, To Market To Market and Tiger on a Tree. She has worked in an editorial capacity at Tara Books and Scholastic India. In 2012, she co-founded Duckbill Books, which publishes funny, edgy and exciting Indian books for children and young adults.
AR Venkatachalapathy, historian, author and translator, is Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai. He has taught at universities in Tirunelveli, Chennai, Chicago and Singapore. Chalapathy writes in Tamil and English, and has published widely on the social, cultural and intellectual history of colonial Tamil Nadu. His publications include Tamil Characters: Personalities, Politics, Culture; Who Owns That Song?: The Battle for Subramania Bharati’s Copyright; In Those Days There Was No Coffee: Writings in Cultural History; The Province of the Book: Scholars, Scribes, and Scribblers in Colonial Tamilnadu; Chennai, Not Madras (ed); and In the Tracks of the Mahatma: The Making of a Documentary (ed). He has translated Sundara Ramaswamy’s J J.: Some Jottings and, in collaboration with M.L. Thangappa, has published two volumes of classical Tamil poetry in the Penguin classics: Love Stands Alone and Red Lilies and Frightened Birds. He is the winner of the VKRV Rao Prize (2007). He is now writing a biography of Periyar.
Arun Shourie is among India's best-known commentators on current and political affairs. Born in Jalandhar, Punjab (1941), he studied at St. Stephen's College in Delhi and obtained his doctorate in Economics from Syracuse University, the US. Among other portfolios, he held the office of the Minister of Disinvestment, Communications and Information Technology in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet. He was acclaimed as a “Star of Asia” by Business Week in 2002, as “The Business Leader of the Year” by The Economic Times jury for his pioneering and dogged work on privatisation. In a poll of Indian CEOs, he was acclaimed as “The Most Outstanding Minister” of the Vajpayee Government in early 2004. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Magsaysay Award and the Padma Bhushan. He has been an economist with the World Bank, and Editor of the Indian Express. He is widely regarded as the initiator of Investigative Journalism in India. The International Press Institute, Vienna, acclaimed him as one of 50 “World Press Freedom Heroes” whose work has sustained freedom of the press in the last half-century. He has written over 25 books on a variety of topics ranging from constitutional law, modern Indian history, religious fundamentalism, governance in India, to national security. His book, Does He Know a Mother’s Heart?: How suffering refutes religions examines explanations for suffering in the basic religious texts; shows how they do not stand scrutiny; and why his own experience in serving his spastic child for 35 years has led him to the Buddha’s teaching. His book Two Saints: Speculations around and about Ramakrishna Paramhamsa and Ramana Maharshi examines the experiences of these saints in the light of neuroscience, psychology and sociology. His latest book, Anita Gets Bail: What are our courts doing? What can we do about them?, is a critique of the functioning and judgments of the Supreme Court and High Courts, and suggests what should be done to salvage this vital pillar of our constitutional system.
Aruna Sairam is a Padma Shri awardee and widely acclaimed as the one of most illustrious exponents of classical Carnatic music. She is a composer, collaborator, mentor, humanitarian, and speaker. In addition to her performances in India, Aruna has taken Carnatic music to the global arena, to prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Currently Vice Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Delhi, Aruna works towards the musical education of underprivileged students through the Nadayogam Trust, which she founded in 2011. Aruna is grateful for the training she received under her mother Rajalakshmi Sethuraman, legendary vocalist T. Brinda, and the mentorship from several other masters throughout her musical journey. Her music erased geographic borders when she incorporated Abhang, a Western Indian musical form, into a traditional South Indian concert. Aruna sings in 14 Indian languages. She has recently been nominated the Sangita Kalanidhi designate 2019 by the Music Academy, Chennai.