Mr. Satyanand Nirupam
Satyanand Nirupam is editorial director, Rajkamal Prakashan Group, and creative director, Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages’ Festival. In the past, he has worked with Delhi Press as associate editor and with Penguin Books India as editor. In his years with Penguin, he steadily built a list of important titles, by established as well as emerging authors, focusing exclusively on original works. These offbeat titles spoke to the evolving needs of Hindi readership, which he continued to serve through Rajkamal's many imprints.
Nirupam plays an active role in promoting a book-reading culture and debates-discussions in Hindi through all possible media channels. As member, programme advisory committee, India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), he coordinates a poetry reading series called Kavi ke Sath. He has also been coordinator and co-concept developer for Bahastalab, a popular debate series.
With a deep understanding of the tradition of Hindi writing and a strongly felt need for innovation in it, he works with authors. His interaction with various kinds of Hindi readers is an effort to appreciate their concerns and expectations better. He believes in constantly striving for novelty in Hindi literature to keep pace with a fast-changing world so its rich works can be widely appreciated. He wants to work for a continued dialogue between Hindi writing and the young generation, so both learn to love each other and an increasing number of youth enter the world of publishing. Bringing literature and litterateurs to people is what Nirupam loves doing best.
Mr. Giriraj Kiradoo
Poet and fiction writer Giriraj Kiradoo is founder-editor of the widely acclaimed bilingual journal Pratilipi, and founder-managing director of the avante garde publishing initiative Pratilipi Books. He has edited three books, and published poetry, fiction and translation in numerous reputed journals. Some of his work has been translated into Urdu, Marathi, Catalan and English. A recipient of the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Smruti Poetry Award and the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for fiction, he is a translator in Hindi, English and Rajasthani.
A university teacher by profession, he has also worked with the Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi as associate editor, with Siyahi as consultant, with the Sangam House International Writer's Residency Program as advisor, and is currently a regular collaborator with the French poetry journal Recours au Poème. Kiradoo is a passionate organizer of many literary events; he is one of the two creative directors of Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages' Festival, an event he curates and coordinates with Satyanand Nirupam. With fellow poets Bodhisattva and Ashok Kumar Pandey, he co-founded and organized the biggest independent poetry event in Hindi, Kavita Samay, for two years (2011-12).