ILF Samanvay Jury

ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman Jury

Arundhathi Subramaniam 2

Arundhathi Subramaniam is the author of four books of poetry, most recently When God is a Traveller, which won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize for Poetry, the International Piero Bigongiari Award and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her books of prose include The Book of Buddha and the bestselling biography, Sadhguru: More Than A Life. As editor, her most recent anthology is Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry. She has been Head of Indian Classical Dance and Chauraha at the NCPA, Mumbai, for several years, as well as Editor of the India Domain of the Poetry International Web since its inception.

She will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 29, 2015 at 04:30 pm.

Mangalesh 2

Mangalesh Dabral is a writer and critic who spent all his adult life as a literary editor in various newspapers published from Delhi and other north Indian cities.His books include five collections of poems, two collections of literary essays and socio-cultural commentary, and a book of conversations, Upkathan.
He has also published a travel account, Ek Baar Iowa, based on his experiences in Iowa, USA. He has translated into Hindi the poems of Pablo Neruda, Bertolt Brecht, Ernesto Cardenal, Yannis Ritsos, Tadeusz Rozewicz, Zbigniew Herbert, to name a few. He has also worked as a consultant to the National Book Trust, India, and has received a number of awards, including Shamsher Sammaan, Pahal Sammaan and the Sahitya Akademi Award.


Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and classical vocalist who lives and works in Guwahati. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, two novels, The Collector’s Wife and A Monsoon of Music, and a collection of fifty of her columns, Guwahati Gaze. Her short stories have appeared in various journals and translated into several Indian and European languages. As a translator, she has put across the works of some of the best known contemporary writers of fiction in Asomiya into English.
She edits NEW Frontiers, and is an active member of Aradhana, an organization that takes music to the underprivileged sections of society.

Sachin Ketkar

Sachin C. Ketkar is a bilingual writer, translator, editor, and blogger.  He has two collections of Marathi poetry,Jarasandhachya Blogvarche Kahi Ansh and Bhintishivaicya Khidkitun Dokavtana to his credit. A selection from these collections is available in English translation as Skin, Spam and Other Fake Encounters: Selected Marathi Poems in Translation.  He has extensively translated present-day Marathi poetry, most of which is collected in an anthology he edited, titled Live Update: An Anthology of Recent Marathi Poetry. He has also translated extensively from Gujarati. He works as Professor in the Department of English, MS University, Baroda.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 27, 2015 at 02:00 pm. and 06:30 pm. respectively.


K. Satchidanandan (Chair) has authored 23 collections of poetry of which Misplaced Things and Other Poems won him the Sahitya Akademi Award for Malayalam in 2012. He writes poetry in Malayalam, and prose in Malayalam. He is a Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and has won 32 literary awards and fellowships including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (five times: for poetry, drama, travelogue, translation, criticism), and the Senior Fellowship from the Government of India, besides Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy and India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland. A film on him, Summer Rain was released in 2007.

He will speak at ILF Samanvay on November 27, 2015 at 06:30 pm.