Advisors

Programme Advisory Committee

Jerry Pinto

Jerry Pinto is the author of Em and the Big Hoom for which he won the Hindu Lit for Life Award and the Crossword Award. It is being translated into Marathi, Italian and French. He has also written Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb for which he won the National Award. He translated Sachin Kundalkar’s first novel Cobalt Blue which was shortlisted for the DSC Fiction Prize. With Garima Gupta, he crafted a graphic novel When Crows are White, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Award for Children’s Fiction. He has just finished translating Daya Pawar’s autobiography, Baluta.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 27, 2015 at 12:00 p.m., and November 28, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

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Raj Liberhan is a former Director of the India Habitat Centre, before which he served as a member of the Financial Services in the Government of India. He was the Chief Executive of IHC for nearly twenty years, and 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. He writes regularly for magazines and newspapers on urban issues and governance frameworks for delivery of quality living. He currently anchors Urban Dialogues and is helping to build a Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security in India and the Freedom from Hunger’s India Trust. He is also associated with the Community of Democracies.

Rajashri Dasgupta

Rajashri Dasgupta is an independent journalist based in Kolkata specialising on issues related to gender, health, human rights and social movements. She started her career in Business Standard before she moved to political and social issues as a senior editor in The Telegraph. She was awarded the Panos Fellowship and exposed the unethical drug trials with quinacrine to sterilise women in West Bengal. She has contributed articles in edited volumes on health, women and violence. She is on the editorial board of the Kathmandu-based Himal Southasian. She is a co-author of Our Pictures, Our Words – A Visual Journey through the Women’s Movement with Laxmi Murthy.

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh is the co-founder of a new independent publishing house, Speaking Tiger, with Manas Saikia who was the founding partner and managing director of Cambridge University Press India. Singh was co-publisher of Aleph Book Company, and the publishing director of Rupa Publications. Before this, he was the publisher and editor-in-chief at Penguin India where he worked for 17 years, and assistant editor at Delhi Diary magazine. Since the mid-1990s he has worked with many of the biggest names in South Asian literature.

Veena Gupta

Veena Gupta is a writer, linguist, grammarian, translator, and editor. She is former Professor in Dogri, and has served as the Dean of the University of Jammu. She has more than twenty books to her credit. She has edited the Dogri Magzine Nami Chetna, a research journal Dogri Shodh and twenty literary collections of various genres. She is a member of various academic and literary organisations. She served as the General Secretary of Dogri Sanstha, Jammu from 1993 to 2014. She has also served as the Convener of the Dogri Advisory Board, Sahitya Academi.

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A.R. Venkatachalapathy, historian, author and translator, is Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies. He writes in Tamil and English, and has published widely on the social, cultural and intellectual history of colonial Tamil Nadu. His publications include In Those Days There Was No Coffee: Writings in Cultural History, The Province of the Book: Scholars, Scribes, and Scribblers in Colonial Tamil Nadu; and Chennai, Not Madras. He has also published two volumes of classical Tamil poetry in collaboration with M.L. Thangappa. He is the winner of the V.K.R.V. Rao Prize (2007) and is currently writing a biography of Periyar for Penguin.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., and on November 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. respectively.

ILF Bhasha Samman Advisory Committee

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Arunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and non-fiction into English. Thirty-one of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), respectively, he has also been shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He lives and writes in New Delhi.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 27, 2015 at 02:00 p.m.

G-Kuppuswamy-Advisor

G. Kuppuswamy is a Tamil translator of contemporary world literature. He has translated modern classics such as Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things, John Banville’s The Sea, and several of Orhan Pamuk’s works including My Name is Red for which he received the Best Translation Award from Toronto Tamil Literary Garden, and Tamil Perayam Award from SRM University, Chennai respectively. He has also translated numerous short stories by Raymond Carver, Haruki Murakami, Chimamanda Adichie and others, and has 12 books to his credit. He was awarded with a translator’s bursary by Ireland Literature Exchange. He is currently translating Norwegian writer Dag Solstad’s Shame and Dignity.

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Margaret Ch. Zama is Professor of English at Mizoram University, Aizawl. Besides publications of her own academic works, her translations of Mizo fiction and tales are to be found in edited volumes published by Katha, Oxford University Press and Sahitya Akademi. Her areas of specialization are fiction and critical theory while her research interests include cultural and literary studies, tribal folklore and translation. She has authored Emerging Literatures from Northeast India and Northeast India: The Insider’s Definition.

Nagnath-Kottapalle-Advisor

Dr. Naganath Kottapalle is a Marathi writer, poet, short story writer, novelist, critic and thinker. He has published several collections of short stories including Sandarbha, Rajdhaani, Kavichi Gosht, and Dewaache Dole. His novels Gaandhareeche Dole, Kalokhaache Padgham and Madhyaraatra have been translated into many Indian languages. Moods, his first collection of poems received State Award of the Government of Maharashtra for Best Poetry. He worked as the President of Maharashtra State Language Advisory Committee for three years and was elected as the President of 86th Akhil Bharateey Marathi Sahitya Sammelan.  He was also appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb  Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad.

Nirmalkanti Bhattacharji

Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee taught English literature at Gauhati University and Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He was Secretary of Sahitya Akademi’s Eastern Regional Office at Kolkata after which he joined the National Book Trust as its Director. He also served as the editor of Sahitya Akademi’s journal Indian Literature. In 2007 he joined as Director of K. K. Birla Foundation. At present he is working as the Editorial Director of Niyogi Books, New Delhi. An accomplished translator from Bengali into English and vice versa, Bhattacharjee was honoured with the IBBY Congress at London for his nuanced translation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Dreadful Beauty in 2012.

Veena Gupta

Veena Gupta is a writer, linguist, grammarian, translator, and editor. She is former Professor in Dogri, and has served as the Dean of the University of Jammu. She has more than twenty books to her credit. She has edited the Dogri Magzine Nami Chetna, a research journal Dogri Shodh and twenty literary collections of various genres. She is a member of various academic and literary organisations. She served as the General Secretary of Dogri Sanstha, Jammu from 1993 to 2014. She has also served as the Convener of the Dogri Advisory Board, Sahitya Academi.

Vijay Verma

Vijay Verma is a Dogri poet, author, translator and broadcaster. He has four books to his credit including one collection of Dogri poems. Verma’s writings aptly reflect deep affiliation with his Dogri roots. He is member of Advisory board at Dogri Sahitya Academy, New Delhi; and Bhasha Smiti Dogri for Saraswati Samman (K.K Birla Foundation), New Delhi. He represents Dogri at regional, national and international literary institutions. Presently he is in charge of the Dogri Unit at News Services Division, All India Radio, New Delhi.

vishram-gupte

Vishram Gupte is a Marathi writer and translator. He won the prestigious Tarkateerth Laxmanshastri Joshi award for Translation instituted by Maharashtra Government for translating Pavan Varma’s book The Great Indian Middle Class in Marathi. He has translated architect K.A. Sadhales’ Marathi book on struggle by anti-nylon groups against the multinational company Thapar-DuPont’s Nylon 6, 6 plant; he has also translated Pune based Dr. Anil Awachat’s Manasam. He has authored a novel Al Tamir based on his experience in Saudi Arabia. He has taught at V.N.S. Bandekar College, Goa.

AR-Venkatachalapathy-Advisor

A.R. Venkatachalapathy, historian, author and translator, is Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies. He writes in Tamil and English, and has published widely on the social, cultural and intellectual history of colonial Tamil Nadu. His publications include In Those Days There Was No Coffee: Writings in Cultural History, The Province of the Book: Scholars, Scribes, and Scribblers in Colonial Tamil Nadu; and Chennai, Not Madras. He has also published two volumes of classical Tamil poetry in collaboration with M.L. Thangappa. He is the winner of the V.K.R.V. Rao Prize (2007) and is currently writing a biography of Periyar for Penguin.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., and on November 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. respectively.

Design Advisory Committee

Aman-Nath-Advisor

Aman Nath is a historian by education and the co-author of fourteen illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won National Awards. Changing Skylines, his latest book, is a corporate and family history of the Shapoorji Pallonji group, one of India’s largest building conglomerates. Aman Nath is involved in the restoration of India’s unlisted architectural ruins, now run as the 28 Neemrana ‘non-hotel’ Hotels, which have won awards from UNESCO, the Indian travel trade industry and National Awards. He was also the curator of Art Today, the gallery of India Today. As an inveterate traveler, he regularly contributes to travel magazines.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 29, 2015 at 05:30 p.m.

Priya-Ravish-Mehra-Advisor

Priya Ravish Mehra is a textile artist and weaver, researcher and designer based in Delhi. She is Founder, Nasheman, a space to facilitate partnerships and cultural exchange for artists visiting India working in various creative mediums and disciplines. She has presented her research on textile traditions in various international forums and her work has been featured in exhibitions and shows across the world. She is co-author of Saris of India: Bihar and Bengal and research author for Saris, Tradition and Beyond. Making the Invisible Visible, and One Thread Only: Rafoogars of Najibabad are part of her ongoing project on ‘Rafoogari’, the darning tradition in India.

Riyas-Komu-Advisor

Riyas Komu is a multi-media artist and activist working towards reviving art education and developing art infrastructure in India. His works have been exhibited extensively in India and abroad. He was one of the two artists from India chosen by Robert Storr for the 52nd Venice Biennale. He co-founded the Kochi Muziris Bienalle in 2012, and initiated segments such as Children’s Biennale, Students Biennale, and Artists Cinema. He is currently working as Director of Programmes for the Kochi Biennale Foundation and developing projects focusing on Art Education in India. He has been presented with numerous awards in recognition of his work including Maharashtra State Art Prize and Bombay Art Society Award. In October 2015, ArtReview ranked Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari among the 100 most influential people in the art world.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 29, 2015 at 03:00 p.m.