Festival Advisory Members - Samanvay 2014

Arunesh Neeran

Arunesh Neeran is secretary general, Vishwa Bhojpuri Sammelan. Hailing from Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, he has several publications in Hindi and Bhojpuri and is a noted academician in his field.

Nirupama Dutt

Nirupama Dutt is a poet, literary/art critic and journalist of many seasons, and has worked with leading newspapers and journals. Nirupama’s first anthology of poems won a Punjabi Akademi award. She has edited several fiction and poetry anthologies and translated into English major writers of Punjabi and Hindi. She works as the editor of The Sunday Indian (Punjabi) at Chandigarh.

Pankaj Chaturvedi

Arunesh Neeran is secretary general, Vishwa Bhojpuri Sammelan. Hailing from Deoria, Uttar Pradesh, he has several publications in Hindi and Bhojpuri and is a noted academician in his field.

Radhavallabh Tripathi

Radhavallabh Tripathi is a well-known poet, short-story and playwright of Sanskrit. He has 25 books of original writings in Sanskrit, including six collections of poems, two plays and one collection of one act plays. He has translated more than 25 plays from Sanskrit in Hindi.
Widely acclaimed for his original contributions to the study of Nāṭyaśāstra and Sāhityaśāstra, Prof. Tripathi has published 162 books, 221 research papers and critical essays as well as translations of more than 30 Sanskrit plays and some classics from Sanskrit into Hindi.
He has been referred in various research journals on Indology. Research for Ph.D. has been completed as well as is being carried on his creative writings in Sanskrit in a number of Universities. Three Journals brought out special numbers on his writings. Seven books comprising studies on his creative and critical writings by other authors have been published.
He has received 33 national and international awards and honours for his literary contributions.
One of the senior-most professors of Sanskrit in the country, Prof Radhavallabh Tripathi has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan at Delhi for five years (2008-13), as Vice Chancellor on additional charge at Shri Lal Bahadur Shasri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth for six months and as Vice Chancellor in charge of Dr. H.S. Gour University on a number of occasions. He worked as Visiting Professor at Silpakorn University, Bangkok for three years. He retired as Professor from Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar (M.P., India) as Professor in February, 2014.

Raj Liberhan

Raj Liberhan served in the Government of India’s financial services for thirty years, before moving to the non-governmental sector to head the India Habitat Centre in 1995.
He has varied experience with a wide range of responsibilities at the senior level in government, public sector and NGO environments, building and sustaining organisations, programmes and missions with sector specific objectives and services.
His profile includes creating and sustaining economic and financial systems for large organizations, financial evaluation and negotiation of contracts, budget formulation and management, resource mobilisation and fund management; processing of project approvals vis-à-vis their feasibility, economic viability and funding patterns, monitoring their implementation, and identification and finalisation of organisations’ investments
As Chief Executive of the India Habitat Centre, for nineteen years, he has helped create a unique institutional mechanism where various professions and institutions dealing with different facets of habitat function, interact, and attempt to resolve habitat related problems in a coordinated manner; and cooperate and collaborate with other national or international institutions. He has created numerous cultural and intellectual platforms to anchor societal discourse on issues of concern and has sought to integrate governance paradigms for institutional performance.

Rizio Yohannan Raj

Rizio Yohannan Raj is a bi-lingual writer, translator and educationist. Her works include three collections of poetry in English—Eunuch, Naked by the Sabarmati and Other Guna Poems, Exchanges with the Thinker, and two novels in Malayalam—Avinasom and Yatrikom, the first of which is translated into English as A Tale of Things Timeless (Harper Collins 2012). She has translated major 20th century Malayalam writers into English, and introduced seminal works from other languages in Malayalam. Her academic works include a pioneering volume on Comparative Literature, Quest of a Discipline: New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature. She has also been a journalist, an editor and a publisher. Her last assignment in publishing was at ‘Katha’, New Delhi, as Head of Publishing. She is the founder-director of a trust dedicated to the cause of education and life appreciation, LILA Foundation For Translocal Initiatives, and presently works towards developing LILA as a cultural think-tank, and action platform and a dynamic conservation space.


Salma is a well-known name to readers of contemporary Tamil literature. With two volumes of poetry – Oru Maalaiyum Innoru Maalaiyum and Pacchai Devadai, and a Novel—Irandaam Jaamangalin Kadhai—all of which have been translated to several languages, Salma has made her mark as a distinctive literary voice. Lakshmi Holmstrom’s English translation of her novel, titled The Hour Past Midnight, was recently shortlisted for the Crossword Book Prize. Salma’s poetry and fiction have carved an undeniable place in the Tamil literary terrain for the articulation of desire and sexuality as well as the emotions that animate the domestic space every day, subjects that are often considered beneath literary consideration.
Salma has been the recipient of several awards and honours, and has also been a special invitee to several book festivals and seminars. She was the only representative of Tamil literature at the London Book Fair in 2009. In 2007, the University of Chicago organized a two-day seminar, as part of the annual Norman J.Cutler Conference, to discuss her literary works. Channal 4’s film on her life, lilted ‘SALMA’ released at many international film festivals and received several awards.
Besides being a woman of letters, Salma has also been a committed public servant. She was the elected President of the Ponnampatti Panchayat, 2001-2006, and served as the Chairman of the Social Welfare Board, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, during which time she was instrumental in establishing several welfare schemes, including the welfare of the Aravani/Hijra community in Tamil Nadu.

Subodh Sarkar

Subodh Sarkar has published 27 books of poems in Bengali, two books in English. He edited `Beyond the Brown`, an anthology of essays on Indian-American writings in English. He has participated at international readings in France, Germany, America, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Greece and Canada. He is the former Editor of ` Indian Literature`, Sahitya Academy’s journal. At present, he is the Editor of Bhashanagar, a literary magazine, 25 years on, to celebrate Indian literature.
He received the Sahitya Academy Award in 2013.
Sarkar currently teaches English in City College under Calcutta University.