Speakers
26 Panels | 70+ Participants 3-Days of ILF Samanvay 2016
Abhina Aher
Abhina Aher Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? | Nov 5

Abhina Aher

Abhina Aher has worked as programme manager with India HIV/AIDS Alliance on sexual minority initiatives such as Pehchan and Wajood. She has been engaged in the transgender and HIV advocacy for the last two decades in India and globally. For the last three years, she has been the chairperson of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network. She is also an executive member of the International Reference Group on Transgender women and HIV (IRGT). A leading transgender activist, Abhina Aher has been instrumental in the trans-movement empowerment and addressing core issues around family support with help of her mother.
Aditya Nigam
Aditya Nigam Can we run from big media? | Nov 7

Aditya Nigam

Aditya Nigam is a political theorist based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. His work attempts to theorise contemporary politics in the non-West. He is particularly interested in understanding mass politics, populism and the popular. Nigam is a member of the editorial collective of Pratiman - Samay Samaj Sanskriti, the Hindi research journal published by CSDS. He is founder member of the collective team blog, kafila.online where he comments regularly on current political issues. He is the author of The Insurrection of Little Selves: The Crisis of Secular Nationalism in India (2006), Power and Contestation: India Since 1989, with Nivedita Menon, After Utopia: Modernity and Socialism and the Postcolony, and Desire Named Development .
Ajita Rao
Ajita Rao Enter PASSWORD: Touch the idiom of Caste | Nov 7

Ajita Rao

Ajita Rao’s journey as an activist journey started with Saheli which is a voluntary women’s organization, in the year 1996. Prior to that she completed her MBBS and worked in hospitals such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. She was, for a brief period, a faculty member at the Jamia Hamdard University. Ajita has been associated with many organizations, focussing on the issues related to women and caste, particularly Dalit, Adivasi and minority women. She identifies herself as a Dalit feminist. She is currently associated with Women against Sexual violence and State repression (WSS) and People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR).
Alka Ranjan
Alka Ranjan Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d | Nov 6

Alka Ranjan

Alka Ranjan’s day job entails making books for both children and adults. She is currently employed with Dorling Kindersley India (DK for short), where she manages their local publishing programme and in the last few years, they have brought out an eclectic range of books, which includes an illustrated guide on Gandhi, Indian history, mythology, cookery, and travel, for children and adults. As and when she manages to snatch some time from her very demanding day job, she catches up on her reading, travel, and does a bit of theatre.
Alok Rai
Alok Rai It's not just about competition: bhasha ke sansar aur sanskar | Nov 6

Alok Rai

Alok Rai is a man who likes his fingers in many pies and language is one of them. A person with a definitive sense of humour and constantly alludes to his current unemployment. He has been involved with the business of writing, with language in society. His interests include, Modern English Literature; cultural processes in modern North India, with particular reference to issues of language and literature. He has taught at Allahabad, IIT Delhi, Delhi University and, very briefly, at the University of Pennsylvania. Alok Rai has written a couple of books, and he insists that only one of which, Hindi Nationalism, seems relevant in this context.
Aniket Jaaware
Aniket Jaaware Enter PASSWORD: Touch the idiom of Caste | Nov 7

Aniket Jaaware

Aniket Jaaware completed his Phd at the Department of English, University of Pune, and has taught at South Gujarat University, Surat, and University of Pune. He currently teaches at the Shiv Nadar University. His research interests include fantasy and science fiction, elements of European philosophy, literary theory. His publications include Simplifications: An introduction to structuralism and post-structuralism, and a book on caste is forthcoming from Fordham University Press, New York.
Ankur
Ankur Emergent Expressions: Roo-ba-Roo with first generation learners | Nov 7

Ankur

For over three decades, Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education has been working in the field of experimental pedagogy with children, young people and the community in under-served worker settlements of Delhi. Ankur sees the children and young people it works with as collaborators, together with whom it builds dynamic spaces for companionable learning. Engaging in diverse and experimental practices of sharing and generating knowledge, questioning accepted practices and wisdom, Ankur has over the years witnessed the emergence of new narratives and perspectives that would have hitherto been lost.
Anurupa Roy
Anurupa Roy Mahabharata | Art as imaging: Sites under re-construction? | Nov 5

Anurupa Roy

Anurupa Roy is a puppeteer, puppetry director and the Founder and Managing Trustee of The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, a puppet theatre group based in Delhi, India since 1998. She has directed performances for Katkatha, National School of Drama and Jana Natya Manch. She has a Diploma in puppet theatre from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, and has been trained in traditional glove puppetry, from La Scoula Della Guaratelle in Naples, Italy, under Bruno Leone in 2002. She is the 2007 recipient of the Ustad Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar for contribution to puppet theatre.
Apoorvanand
Apoorvanand Colliding thought bubbles: Speaking One’s Mind | Nov 6

Apoorvanand

A renowned writer and professor of Hindi at the University of Delhi. He began his teaching career at T.P.S. College, Patna, a constituent unit of Magadh University. In 1999, he was invited to join Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, a Central University set up by the Government of India, and was instrumental in developing the University’s vision plan and first academic programmes. In 2004, Apoorvanand joined the Hindi Department at the University of Delhi where he was instrumental in redesigning the department’s academic programme. Apoorvanand has worked with the Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education in India under the Chairmanship of Professor Yash Pal. He is also the editor of the Hindi journal Aalochana.
Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi Inaugural Session | Nov 5

Ashok Vajpeyi

Ashok Vajpeyi, a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist, is a major cultural figure of India. With more than 14 books of poetry, 10 of criticism in Hindi and 4 books on art in English to his credit, he is widely recognised as an outstanding promoter of culture and an innovative institution-builder. Over the years he has worked tirelessly to enhance the mutual awareness and interaction between Indian and foreign cultures. He has raised his voice for the autonomy of literature and arts as against contemporary tyrannies of ideologies, markets and fundamentalism. As editor of many prestigious journals he has done much to promote critical awareness of contemporary and classical arts and young talent in poetry and criticism. He has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman, Kabir Samman and awarded D.Lit. (honoriscausa) by the Central University of Hyderabad. He is presently the managing trustee, The Raza Foundation, New Delhi.
Ashutosh Bharadwaj
Ashutosh Bharadwaj Conversing Conflict: The Chattisgarh Experience | Nov 5

Ashutosh Bharadwaj

Ashutosh Bhardwaj is a journalist and a fiction writer. He has extensively reported on the Maoist insurgency in Central Indian forests, and has won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism on three occasions. He was among the eight journalists from across the globe shortlisted for Reuter's Kurt Schork award for exemplary journalism in 2015. He has published a story collection, Jo Frame Men Na The, besides several other stories and critical essays in Hindi. He has received the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for his fiction. At present, he is an assistant editor with The Indian Express.
Atul Bhalla
Atul Bhalla Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Atul Bhalla

Atul Bhalla frequently combines photography, installation, sculpture, video and performance to question the human relationship with the natural and constructed environment. Atul's prolific and diverse activity is not limited to the creation of artwork. His work often invites audiences to engage directly with otherwise overlooked elements of urban and metropolitan spaces, in particular water courses, in his home town, New Delhi, and those he visits during the course of international exhibitions and residencies. An extensive analysis of his work can be found in You always step into the same river, Vadehra Art Gallery Publications. He lives and works in New Delhi and is an Associate professor at the Shiv Nadar University.
Bela Bhatia
Bela Bhatia Conversing Conflict: The Chhattisgarh Experience | Nov 5

Bela Bhatia

Bela Bhatia, a researcher and human rights activist, has worked mainly
in rural areas for three decades. During the last decade, she has been
a close observer of the ongoing war between the Indian state and the
CPI(Maoist) in Bastar, where she now lives. Her doctorate on the
Naxalite movement in Bihar, subsequent studies of the movement in
Telengana and on the tribal condition in other states provide her with
understanding into the subject's history and context. Educated in
social work, law, social and political sciences, she was a full-time
activist for many years in rural Gujarat, Iraq and Palestine.
Boro Baski
Boro Baski Santhali: Speaking from Multiple Locations | Nov 7

Boro Baski

Boro Baski has been interested in Santhal culture and in the improvement of Santal village life. Having been a student of Tagore’s Visva-Bharati, he also imbibed the pedagogy of Rabindranath Tagore. Still an under-graduate student, he started a kindergarten and an evening-school in his hometown Bishnubati and founded the registered society Bishnubati Adibasi Marshal Sangha (BAMS) for the development of his village society. He is also a trustee of the Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust. His Santhali translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Bengali play Raktakarabi, was published by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Dhrubo Jyoti
Dhrubo Jyoti Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? | Nov 5

Dhrubo Jyoti

Dhrubo Jyoti is a journalist and editor based in New Delhi, who writes from the intersection of caste, gender and sexuality. When not drowning in his formal job with a major English daily, they* are involved with many of India’s anti-caste and LGBT movements – an engagement that forces objectivity supremacists to brand them with the ultimate slur – activist.
They report on questions of Dalit-bahujan cultural assertions and history, besides helping run independent publications such as Gaylaxy Magazine; they have worked in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal with LGBT groups before moving to Delhi and trying to forget a past life as a trained astrophysicist. Queer, sex-positive, fat, genderqueer, Dalit are some of the tags they are interested in carrying.
* Dhrubo Jyoti uses gender-neutral pronouns.
Ela Bhatt
Ela Bhatt Inaugural Lecture Empowerment as Verb: The Power of Voicing | Nov 5

Ela Bhatt

Ela Bhatt is an Indian cooperative organiser, activist and Gandhian, who founded the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) in 1972, and served as its general secretary from 1972 to 1996. A lawyer by training, Bhatt has won several national and international awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1977), Right Livelihood Award (1984) and the Padma Bhushan (1986).She is the Founder Chair SEWA Cooperative Bank. Ela Bhatt is involved with The Elders, a group of world leaders such as Nelson Mandela that was formed in 1987 to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. She is particularly involved in the Elders’ initiative on equality for women and girls.
Flavia Agnes
Flavia Agnes Law as language: All but the truth? | Nov 5

Flavia Agnes

Flavia Agnes, a pioneer of the women’s movement, is a legal scholar and women’s rights advocate. Her widely published writings have provided a vital context for feminist jurisprudence, human rights law and gender studies in India. Her autobiographical essay on domestic violence titled, `My Story Our Story ... Of Rebuilding Broken Lives’ is an important marker of the Indian women’s movement and has been translated into several languages. She is the co-founder of MAJLIS and director of its legal centre which provides legal advocacy and litigation support to victims of sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Agnes is a prominent advocate of legal pluralism, particularly in the realm of family law. Her writings on this issue have provided a complex framework for protecting the rights of minority women within the rubric of legal pluralism and the continuation of personal laws. Invoking the premise of ‘reforms from within’ she has played an important role in reforming the Christian Personal Laws as well as advancing the rights of Muslim women.
Francesca Orsini
Francesca Orsini It's not just about competition: bhasha ke sansar aur sanskar | Nov 6

Francesca Orsini

Francesca Orsini is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, University of London. Her research interests span modern Hindi literature, book history, and multilingual literary history. She has published The Hindi Public Sphere and Print and Pleasure, and edited Love in South Asia, and Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture. After Timur Left and Tellings and Texts came out of a multilingual project on North Indian literary culture and history. Another recent project with Ravikant (SARAI/CSDS) was on Hinglish. She is working on the multilingual literary history of Awadh and leading an ERC-funded project on “Multilingual locals and significant geographies: for a new approach to world literature.”
Gautam Bhan
Gautam Bhan Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? | Nov 5

Gautam Bhan


An academic, researcher and activist, Gautam Bhan works on the politics of poverty, inequality and development in Indian cities. He teaches at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. He is the author of In the Public's Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi and co-author of Nakshe se Bahar: Dilli me Bedkhali aur Punarvaas ke baad Zindagi. He has been part of queer movements for many years with Voices against 377 and PRISM, is the co-editor of Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in Indi, and series editor of Sexualities at Yoda Press.
Ghanshyam Shah
Ghanshyam Shah Gujarati today: What difference does it make? | Nov 6

Ghanshyam Shah

He is an independent researcher based in Ahmedabad. Formally, Professor at JNU, Delhi, National Fellow, ICSSR, Delhi (2013 -15); Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2010- 2012); Fellow in Residence at Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2003-04). As a visiting Professor, he taught at South Gujarat University, Surat, MS University, Baroda, LB National Academy, Mussoorie, University of Chicago etc. He has authored several books including,Social Movements in India, Urban Development and Public Health, Surat Plague, Economic Differentiations and Dalit Identity, A Restudy of Chudhris. Edited books including, Re-reading Hind Swaraj: Modernity and Subalterns (2013), Dalit Identity and Politics (2003), and Dalits and the State.
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Gulammohammed Sheikh

Gulammohammed Sheikh is an artist, writer and educationist. As a painter of more then five decades he has pioneered an engagement with historical forbears and a social and political investment in art practice. In his tenure as teacher of Art History and Professor of Painting at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, he has contributed to a renewed understanding of cross cultural themes in artistic pedagogy, in an Indian and international context. Through practice as artist, educator and curator he has contributed to an appreciation of world art history within contemporary art and discourse. Sheikh bridges a historical appreciation of art and art practice with an engagement with contemporary socio-political concerns. He has been prominent in policy and institutional advocacy, participating in cultural organizations and on national committees.

Gulam has been awarded honours by the Indian state, the Padmashri in 1983 Padmabhushan in 2014 by the Government of India, Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh Government in 2002, D.Litt. by Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata, Ravi Verma Puraskaram by Government of Kerala in 2009, Gaurav Puraskar, 1996-97 and Ravishankar Rawal Award by the Gujarat Government in 1998-99 along with the National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1962, Bombay Art Society (1961, 1963) and Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad in 1961. The artist lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat.
Jayesh Solanki
Jayesh Solanki Gujarati today: What difference does it make? | Nov 5

Jayesh Solanki

Jayesh Solanki is a poet, singer and political activist. A resident of Bhuvaladi village in Gujarat, he is an active leader of the Dalit movement in the State. He trains theatre activists and NGO workers and educates the people of the villages on the need for a holistic understanding of caste, class and gender in the struggle against casteist forces.
Jignesh Mevani
Jignesh Mevani Gujarati today: What difference does it make? | Nov 6

Jignesh Mevani

Jignesh Mevani, a lawyer and activist, is the convener of the Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti (Una Dalit Fight against Atrocities Committee). His scholarly tome on one of Gujarat’s finest poet Mareez, is due next year. His nonconformist expositions on Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries sets him apart. An english literature graduate from HK Arts College in Ahmedabad, Jignesh Mevani’s inspirations are Sanjay Bhave and Saumya Joshi.
José Luis Paniagua
José Luis Paniagua Mi Casa Tu Casa: Dictating Spanish | Nov 5

José Luis Paniagua

With over 15 years of experience in the international field, Jose Luis Paniagua has been the Chief at South Asia Efe News Agency Bureau since October 2014. As a correspondent he built a long career, always in the Spanish Agency, in the Latin American region. He was the bureau chief in Venezuela, head of the news desk for Central America and later in Cuba too. Prior to that he was in charge of the Paraguay office and also was part of the Efe team in Buenos Aires. He has worked as correspondent all through the continent including Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Panama, El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Chile and others. He covered the 2003 and 2005 Bolivian crisis, was in charge of Venezuelan Hugo Chavez´s funeral coverage, and Cuban Fidel Castro´s resignation. He was in Honduras during the 2009 coupe, and in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake, also managed and covered Nepal 2015 quake.
Kalpana Kannabiran
Kalpana Kannabiran Conversing conflict: The Chhatisgarh Experience | Nov 5

Kalpana Kannabiran

A sociologist who has written extensively on questions of justice. Among her ten books is Tools of Justice: Non-Discrimination and the Indian Constitution (Routledge 2012); and her edited collections Violence Studies; The Violence of Normal Times: Essays on Women’s Lived Realities; Women and Law: Critical Feminist Perspectives. Kalpana has written specifically on law and literature, gender, caste, tribe, violence, disability, law and free speech; she is recipient of the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research (2003) and the Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists (2012), both for her work in the field of law.
Karuna Nundy
Karuna Nundy Law as language: All but the truth? | Nov 5

Karuna Nundy

Karuna Nundy is a Supreme Court advocate and International lawyer. Her focus areas include constitutional law, commercial litigation and arbitration, media law and legal policy. She argued and won the '66A judgment' on online speech rights with co-counsel. At the Supreme Court of India, she is leading a litigation concerning the rights of the Bhopal Gas victims against the Government of India, State Government of Madhya Pradesh, the Union Carbide Corporation and the Dow Chemicals Corporation. She has contributed to the 2013 ‘anti rape laws’, class actions on sexual harassment and was on the drafting committee for the Right to Food Bill.
Kumar Rana
Kumar Rana Santhali: Speaking from Multiple Locations | Nov 6

Kumar Rana

Kumar Rana works with the Pratichi (India) Trust, an organization that has been carrying out meaningful action researches in the fields of primary education, health delivery and gender equality. Rana has been involved in leading many of those researches. Also he has been instrumental in organising several public discussions on the issues. Having been born and brought up in a predominantly Santal village he is well acquainted with the Santal life – language, culture, and political economy, and has written on these issues. At present he is pursuing his Masters in Medical Sciences in Global Health at the Harvard medical School.
Mahendra Majhi
Mahendra Majhi Santhali: Speaking from Multiple Locations | Nov 7

Mahendra Majhi

A retired Indian Forest Services officer, Mahendra Majhi devotes his time to explore the heritage, in addition to assessing the present and future of Santhals through the Santhal Research Foundation. The organisation works to promote the Santhali literature in the Ol Chiki script. He hopes to encourage and preserve the traditional heritage including socio-cultural institutions of Santhals and educate people regarding social evils and the harmful practices of society. Mahendra Majhi works to bring together talents and resources available to organise and encourage research on Adivasi heritage, with a special thrust on Santhals.
Makarand Paranjape
Makarand Paranjape Nation-Notions: The Great Indian Language/s | Nov 7

Makarand Paranjape

Makarand R. Paranjape is the author of six volumes of poetry, two novels, and a collection of short stories. Currently Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, he has served twice as Chairperson, Centre for English Studies, JNU. He has produced critical editions of the work Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobinodo, and Sarojini Naidu. Also a critic, he has published over forty monographs and edited books, in addition to over 150 academic papers. His latest books include The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi, Cultural Politics in Modern India, and Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (2016), an Indo-Brazilian volume of poems.
Maneesha Taneja
Maneesha Taneja Mi Casa Tu Casa: Dictating Spanish | Nov 5

Maneesha Taneja

Maneesha Taneja teaches Spanish at the University of Delhi. She did her Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University. A keen follower of world literature she has been teaching for the past 20 years and her area of specialization is translation studies, having translated in to Hindi authors such as Garcia Marquez and Pablo Neruda from Spanish.
The Hispanic world, its history and literature have been of special interest to her and she teaches Spanish as well as Latin American literature courses at the undergraduate and post graduate levels. Her other interests include theatre and travelling.
Martin Suaya
Martin Suaya Mi Casa Tu Casa: Dictating Spanish | Nov 5

Martin Suaya

Martin Suaya graduated in Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires. He was as a foreign desk journalist for an Argentine newspaper before joining his country’s foreign service. He has served in the UK and is currently posted as cultural attaché for the Embassy of Argentina in India.
Mihir Pandya
Mihir Pandya Indian Cinema (Right) Now: Margins in the Centre? | Nov 6

Mihir Pandya

Mihir Pandya is an avid reader, but a reluctant writer. But when he writes, mostly he writes on cinema. His debut non-fiction book on cinema, Shahar Aur Cinema: Via Dilli examines representations of the city, specifically Delhi, in Hindi cinema over the decades. He has written regularly for Nav Bharat Times, Jansatta, Tadbhav, Alochana, Hans, Pratilipi among other publications in the past. He has also worked with magazines like Tehelka and Kathadesh and news websites such as NewsYaps and The Lallantop as their film critic. Currently, Mihir teaches Hindi literature at University of Delhi.
Munni Hembrom
Munni Hembrom Santhali: Speaking from Multiple Locations | Nov 7

Munni Hembrom

She is one of the co-founders of the Ayo Aidari Trust, which works for the empowerment of the women of Santhal tribe to which she belongs. She lives and works in the Dumka district of Jharkhand. The trust works for the empowerment of women through women’s organizations, fights for women’s rights-such as property rights-and targets retrograde practices like witch-hunting, forced marriage, and bigamy among the Santhals. It promotes sustainable agriculture, tree-planting, forest protection, and protection of the environment by the community. It has set up mothers’ committees to promote the education of children and helps establish primary health services at the village level.
Neha Dixit
Neha Dixit Collaborator: Guftagu Speaking of Women: The Language of Control | Nov 6

Neha Dixit

Neha Dixit is an an independent journalist based in New Delhi, India. She covers politics, gender and social Justice in South Asia. She has worked with multiple mediums and reported for Al Jazeera, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Caravan, Outlook and others.

She has won the PII-ICRC Award for Best report on Humanitarian Subject 2015, Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism 2014, Trust Women Honorary Journalist of the Year 2013, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism, 2011, Asia-Pacific Region among others. She is a contributor to the UNESCO Casebook of Investigative Journalism 2011.
Orijit Sen
Orijit Sen Oneness | Nov 3-18

Orijit Sen

Orijit Sen studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He has worked on several exhibitions and museum design projects in India, the UK and Russia. He also works as a freelance graphic designer, comics creator, and illustrator, in addition to functioning as the Creative Director of People Tree, which he co-founded with his wife Gurpreet Sidhu in 1990. His published works include The Rive of Stories, Imung, and the award winning collaboration Trash! His colleagues guarantee that he brings a brilliant combination of wit, imagery, and acute social sensitivity to his multi-faceted work on comics, book covers, posters, t-shirt, and so much else!
Parvez Imam
Parvez Imam Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Parvez Imam

Parvez Imam is a Filmmaker and a multidisciplinary practitioner of arts. He took to filmmaking about two decades ago learning on the job. He has directed and scripted numerous videos and conducted filmmaking workshops. His journey however began at a medical school, after finishing which, he worked in general medicine and psychiatry for a few years. His experiences in these places pushed him towards media as he sought ways of expressing his thoughts. He penned a weekly column for a national newspaper, The Financial Chronicle, for 5 years (2009-2014) in which he wrote on the social psycho-dynamics of the mundane and commonplace.
Patricia Mukhim
Patricia Mukhim Voices to record: Khasi & Tripuri | Nov 5

Patricia Mukhim

She is currently Editor, The Shillong Times, Meghalaya's oldest and largest circulating English language daily. She writes regular fortnightly columns for The Telegraph and The Assam Tribune. Prior to her assignment as editor, Ms Mukhim has been a gender activist and has stood firm against armed insurgencies in her state of Meghalaya and in the North Eastern region. Ms Mukhim is founder President of Shillong We Care, an NGO started in 1998 to counter the culture of violence. She has been on the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) for two terms from 2010- 2014. She was also conferred the Padmashri for social service in 2000.
Pehchan
Pehchan Emergent Expressions: Roo-ba-Roo with first generation learners | Nov 7

Pehchan

The organisation, which is based at Jaitpur Ext in Okhla, began its operations in 2010. Pehchan works with families around the area to educate their children. Over 40 girls have passed their high school and 12th from Pehchan study centre so far. This year 24 girls have appeared. The girls who have dropped out from schools are taught at the centre by the permanent staff teachers and volunteers. As part of the curriculum, English, Hindi, Urdu, Home Science and other subjects as per Jamia Senior Secondary School are taught to the students. They then appear for Class X and XII examinations as private candidates from Jamia Milia Islamia.
Apart from imparting education Pehchan has given vocational training to many women and girls in the area. Pehchan students are regularly taken to attend seminars, conferences, workshops.
Pradyot Debarma
Pradyot Debarma Voices to record: Khasi & Tripuri | Nov 5

Pradyot Debarma

Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debburman is the head of the royal house of Tripura and the editor of The Northeast Today, the premier news web portal from the region. He is also the working president of the Congress party in Tripura and the chairman of the Royal Tripura Foundation, which actively promotes education amongst tribals in the state.
Pramada Menon
Pramada Menon Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? | Nov 5

Pramada Menon

She is a queer feminist with diverse interests and multiple identities. Pramada has worked in the women’s rights and social justice field for more than two decades and is the co-founder of CREA, a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi. She performs Fat, Feminist and Free – freewheeling conversations around gender, body, sexuality, identity. Her first documentary film And you Thought you Knew Me explores the lives of five people and creates a tapestry of images that invites one to re-engage with and rethink the notion of the other - the queer.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta Valedictory address: Satya, Bakwas aur Janatantra | Nov 7

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is the president, Center for Policy Research, Delhi. He has taught political theory at Harvard, NYU and JNU. He has published widely in fields of political theory, constitutional law and contemporary Indian poltiics. His most recent book is The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (co-edited with Madhav Khosla and Sujit Choudhary). He is recipient of the Infosys Prize 2011. He is also editorial consultant to the Indian Express.
Priya Ravish Mehra
Priya Ravish Mehra Oneness | Nov 3-18

Priya Ravish Mehra

Priya Ravish Mehra is a Delhi-based textile artist and weaver, researcher and designer. She graduated in Fine Arts (with a specialization in textiles) from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, and later studied tapestry weaving at West Dean College, Sussex and an advanced tapestry course at the Royal College of Arts, London under the aegis of a Commonwealth Fellowship and Charles Wallace Trust (India) Scholarship.

Priya’s textile work has been featured as solo exhibitions: British Council, Delhi, Commonwealth Institute, London, Harley Gallery, Nottingham, Eicher Gallery, Delhi (1997) and Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1997), as well as in group shows. Priya has researched extensively about the textile tradition in India. She co-authored Saris of India: Bihar and West Bengal (National Institute of Fashion Technology and Amr Vastra Kosh), and was research author for Saris: Tradition and Beyond.
Purwa Bharadwaj
Purwa Bharadwaj Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d | Nov 6

Purwa Bharadwaj

A Sanskrit scholar, Purwa Bharadwaj has authored Bhaya Naha Khed Nahi, a book on life and work of Pandita Ramabai and compiled and edited Kalame Niswan, a selection of writings of Muslim women in Urdu published in the early twentieth century. She works in the field of gender, sexuality, language and education as educator, researcher and writer. She has been part of committees of several language textbook committees. She was part of an extensive study on school textbooks Textbook Regimes, a feminist critique of nation and identity. More recently she has edited Kaleidoscope series of booklets for school children. At present she is working independently. Raschakra, an informal group for creative performances is her new passion.
Rahul Pandita
Rahul Pandita Layers of Wounds: How Memories Unfold | Nov 7

Rahul Pandita

He is a Yale World Fellow. He is the author of three bestselling books: Our Moon Has Blood Clots: A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir, Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement and The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance [co-authored]. He has reported extensively from various theaters of war, including Iraq and Sri Lanka.
In India, Rahul is mostly known for his reportage on Maoist insurgency in central and eastern India, and on the turmoil in Kashmir. He is the recipient of the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting. A former Opinion and Special Stories Editor of The Hindu, Rahul has been a speaker at international forums such as the Carnegie Endowment Center, Princeton University, State University of New York, Michigan University, and the World Affairs Council.
Ravish Kumar
Ravish Kumar Colliding thought bubbles: Speaking One’s Mind | Nov 6

Ravish Kumar

Ravish Kumar, a senior executive editor with NDTV, hosts the channel's weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report. Known for his unbiased interviews and reports, Ravish Kumar has received the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010 from the President of India. He won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year 2013.
Ritu Menon
Ritu Menon Collaborator: Guftagu Speaking of Women: The Language of Control | Nov 6

Ritu Menon

Ritu Menon is a publisher and writer who has been active in the South Asian women's movement for over 20 years. She is co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first and oldest feminist press, and founder of Women Unlimited. She is co-author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition. Her edited book No Woman's Land: Women from Pakistan, India & Bangladesh Write about the Partition of India was published by Women Unlimited in 2004. As part of the core group of Women's WORLD, India, Ritu has co-edited Just Between Us: Women Speak About their Writing and Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers.
Rizio Yohannan Raj
Rizio Yohannan Raj Nation-Notions: The Great Indian Language/s | Nov 7

Rizio Yohannan Raj

A writer, educationist, translator and governance thinker, Rizio’s multi-dynamic professional experience spans two decades of work in journalism, book publishing, academics and institution-building. She is the Founder and Executive Director of LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives, a renowned cultural think-tank (www.lilafoundation.in). She has been a long-time associate of the Indo-Swedish translation project, and was part of the International Visitor Leadership Programme – 2010 of the US Department of State.
Rizwana Fatima
Rizwana Fatima Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d | Nov 6

Rizwana Fatima

Rizwana Fatima, who is currently pursuing Ph.D from the Department of Hindi at the Delhi University, has always been interested in the feminine. Her research topic, Stri Lekhan Me Yatra: Kathetar Gady Vidhaon ke Sandarbh me, drew her towards the feminist writings complied in Kalame Inswan. Along with an active interest in drama, Rizwana Fatima is deeply involved in the current social issues and language and literature.
Rohini Devasher
Rohini Devasher Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Rohini Devasher

Rohini Devasher has trained as a painter and printmaker, and works in a variety of media including sound, video, prints and large site-specific drawings. Her current body of work is a collection of ‘strange’ terrains, constructed by observing, recording, fictionalizing, and re-imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between science, nature and culture, perception and production. Rohini’s work has been shown at the MAAT Museum of Art and Technology, Lisbon, ZKM (Karsruhe), Singapore Art and Science Museum, Dhaka Art Summit 2016, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, among others. She was the recipient of the Forbes India Young Contemporary Artist of the Year (2014), Skoda Breakthrough Artist Award (2013) and the Sarai Associate Fellowship (2010).
Sadanand Menon
Sadanand Menon Art Appreciation Workshop | Nov 7

Sadanand Menon

Sadanand Menon is a nationally reputed arts editor, popular teacher of cultural journalism, widely published photographer, arts curator and writer on politics, ecology and the arts. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai; and at the Humanities Department of IIT, Madras. He is member of Apex Advisory Panel, National Museum, Delhi; of Apex Advisory Committee, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru; of Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi; of the General Council, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla; and Managing Trustee of SPACES, Chennai.
Sanket Jadia
Sanket Jadia Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Sanket Jadia

Identity has been a consistent area of inquiry in Sanket Jadia’s work. Experiemnting with medium, form and audience engagement, his works reflect a conscious effort to look around for visible and non-visible politics involved in constructing identity; visible is obvious or external, whereas the latter is the layers of complexities these so called ‘obvious’ things are product of. His works attempt to deconstruct the visible by constructing the invisible, to expose the optical unconscious of our perceptive world. Sanket trained at Ambedkar University Delhi and the South Gujarat University Surat. He has participated in Lalitkala workshop (2010) and was also a part of Peers Share, Khoj (2013).
Saroop Dhruv
Saroop Dhruv Gujarati today: What difference does it make? | Nov 6

Saroop Dhruv

Saroop Dhruv is a cultural activist, poet, playwright and an academician. She has published collections of Gujarati poems - Maara Hath Ni Vaat, Salagati Havao,Hastakshep and Sahiyara Surajna Khojma. They have been translated into Hindi, English and Punjabi. In addition to writing 15 plays in Gujarati and Hindi, she has published a document on Pre-censorship and Freedom of Expression, along with Hasmukh Baradi and Hiren Gandh. She has published Ummeed Hogi Koi, a collection of narratives based on interviews of 2002 Gujarat Carnage victims and has received Hellman and Hammit Award from Human Rights Watch, USA, for courageous writing in 2008.
Satish Chandar
Satish Chandar "What people are you?": Telugu Identityspeak | Nov 5

Satish Chandar

A newspaper editor, a poet and an inimitable satirist, Satish Chandar is known for launching and reviving newspapers in Telugu. He revived Andhra Prabha, the oldest newspaper, in 2004 as the Chief Editor. This had been the Telugu language publication of Indian Express for many decades. He still heads the editorial team of this daily. He founded AP College of Journalism in 1997 at Hyderabad. He has published 17 books in varying genres, including poetry, short stories, literary criticism, lexicography and political analysis. His satirical columns on contemporary politics, social relations and human values have made him a household name in the two Telugu speaking states.
Satish Deshpande
Satish Deshpande Enter PASSWORD: Touch the idiom of Caste | Nov 7

Satish Deshpande

Satish Deshpande teaches Sociology at Delhi University. His most recent books are the edited volumes Beyond Inclusion: The Practice of Equal Access in Indian Higher Education; and The Problem of Caste. His areas of interest include caste and class inequalities; the theory and practice of social justice; and higher education and social science teaching, especially in Indian languages.
Satyanarayana
Satyanarayana "What people are you?": Telugu Identityspeak | Nov 5

K. Satyanarayana

Dr. K. Satyanarayana is the professor, Department of Cultural Studies, at English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad, India. Coming from an activist background, he is involved in teaching and research in the new field of Dalit Studies. His areas of interest include Dalit studies, literary history, Indian Literatures and Cultural Theory. He has co-edited (with Susie Tharu) two volumes of New Dalit writing from South India: No Alphabet in Sight, Steel Nibs Are Sprouting and also a short anthology: The Exercise of Freedom. He has recently co-edited (with Ramnarayan Rawat) a new volume of research work titled Dalit Studies.
Seema Chishti
Seema Chishti Can we run from big media? | Nov 7

Seema Chishti

Seema Chishti is deputy editor with The Indian Express and writes on identity, politics, tries to make sense of events and connecting them. She is currently obsessed with providing context somehow to fragments of news and slivers of information being taken to mean news.
She started backwards on the technology curve, with TV then went onto do Radio journalism and is currently in Print. A Delhiwala essentially, is looking to learn, grow and read some more. She has spent some years with the BBC and is interested in India and change that is happening and not happening in India and beyond. She is, currently, fed up of people railing against Donald Trump.
Shailaja Bajpai
Shailaja Bajpai Can we run from big media? | Nov 7

Shailaja Bajpai

Shailaja Bajpai is a media critic and associate editor with The Indian Express. She has written about television since 1985 and her weekly column, Telescope, in The Indian Express, began in 1991. She is the former Director (Academics) at the Express Institute of Media Studies (EXIMS) and is the author of the novel Three Parts Desire. She has watched TV change, grow, grow and grow into what is today, the elephant in the room that cannot be ignored. In her case, it would be true to say that she is paid to watch television!
Shiv Visvanathan
Shiv Visvanathan Nation-Notions: The Great Indian Language/s | Nov 7

Shiv Visvanathan

He is a public intellectual and social scientist best known for his contributions to developing the field STS, and for the concept of cognitive justice, a term he coined. He is Professor at O P JGU, Sonepat, and the Director of Centre for the Study of Knowledge Systems. He has held the position of senior fellow at CSDS in Delhi. He has held visiting professorships at Smith College, Stanford, Goldsmiths, Arizona State University, Maastricht University and holds SAARCHI chair at University of South Africa. He is the author of Organizing for Science, A Carnival for Science, and Theatres of Democracy. He has co-edited Foulplay: Chronicles of Corruption. He is a regular columnist, who writes on themes such as science, cricket, anthropology and development.
Shubhra Gupta
Shubhra Gupta Collaborator: Guftagu Speaking of Women: The Language of Control | Nov 6

Shubhra Gupta

work. She has a huge capacity to sit through terrible Bollywood movies, but no patience at all with bad Hollywood. And world cinema has to be really cutting edge to grab her attention, and keep it. In her reviews and columns, she lets you into what she likes, and doesn’t, and invites you to be bewitched. And to know how to choose between the good ones and the turkeys, and how you can take away something from even the really ghastly ones. Because life is a movie, isn’t it? Bahut picture baaki hain, mere dost.
Shweta Tripathi
Shweta Tripathi Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d | Nov 6

Shweta Tripathi

Shweta Tripathi has been involved in the documentation of various grassroot initiatives and peoples’ movements on matters of natural resource rights and socio-economic concerns such as governance, Panchayati Raj Institutions, food security and gender. She has taken up advocacy and campaign roles related to land, forests, agriculture and education. She is currently working as Director, SRUTI (Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiative). SRUTI is a non-profit organization founded in 1983, and runs the flagship fellowship programme for grassroots activists across the country.
Sohail Hashmi
Sohail Hashmi Langscaping Delhi

Sohail Hashmi

A man because of whom many in Delhi know its history. He makes documentary films, conducts heritage walks writes about Delhi, its languages, food, water bodies and monuments and loves Urdu, music, Delhi, travel, photography, cooking and talking. He completed his Post Graduation and M.Phil, in Regional Development from JNU and gave up his Ph.D. mid-way to work full time with the CPI (M). But, he began working for a living at the age of 41 with PTI TV. Sohail Hashmi writes and blogs irregularly on issues of education and communalism, has conceptualised and produced documentaries on pioneers of women’s education and lesser-known freedom fighters. He is the founding trustee of SAHMAT (Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust).
Suchitra Gahlot
Suchitra Gahlot Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Suchitra Gahlot

Suchitra Gahlot's installations are emotional apparatuses that use mixed material to present distressed feelings. Her works are personal narratives that deal with complexities of contemporary life and relationships, rendering them contextual and relatable. Which also explains why many of her installations rely on crowd-sourcing or deploy group dynamics in on way or another. In One Thousand Tears (2009), she curated a thousand one-word anonymous responses to a single query of what made people cry, whilst in Shut Up Internet! (2013) the installation was more personal, as an amassment of forty thousand emails people had written to her over many years.

Her installations are an assortment of 'nothing new' presented in a surprising manner. Nondescript objects like jars, fabric, boxes, items of nostalgia are painstakingly remodeled and presented with some flamboyance. Her installations enjoy a rich chemistry with text, the titles of her work magnify the emotionally fragile pieces they represent. Suchitra lives and works in Gurgaon, India.
Sujatha Surepally
Sujatha Surepally "What people are you?": Telugu Identityspeak | Nov 5

Sujatha Surepally

Sujatha Surepally is an activist-cum-academician. She is the principal of the University College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce with Satavahana University, Karimangar, Telangana. She has been teaching Sociology for over 14 years. She has written articles on caste, SEZs, anti Polavaram dam movement, and extensively on the Telangana movement. She edits a quarterly magazine namely Desi Disha. Her interests lie in the struggle against caste and gender disparity, government education, minority rights, environmental issues and Telangana. She holds a Masters in Sociology and has completed her PhD on Dalit Women’s Empowerment at Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Swara Bhaskar
Swara Bhaskar Indian Cinema (Right) Now: Margins in the Centre? | Nov 6

Swara Bhaskar

An outsider to the Hindi Film Industry, Swara has in a short period acquired an impressive, award winning and diverse body of work, which includes commercial hits and content driven independent projects. Apart from being a film star, Swara is also an active cultural activist. She is a founding member of the artists collective Swaang that creates and performs protest music, theatre and poetry on burning and uncomfortable social and political issues of our time. She has written research papers based on primary archival and ground research. Her research was on the Anti Nautch debates in late colonial India, culminating in 2007 in a research paper titledEnd of the Eternal Wife: Marriage, Morality and Modernity in the Anti Nautch Debates, 1927-1936. In 2004 she was awarded an Independent Fellowship by Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, for a six month long research project titled 'Of Riots and Ruins: Space and Violence in Vatva, Ahmedabad.
Tushar Joag
Tushar Joag Video Box

Tushar Joag

Tushar Joag (b. Mumbai,1966) trained in Sculpture from Sir J. J. School of Arts (1988) and Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara (1990). He received a Fellowship at the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, and an artist-residency at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1998-2000). Tushar was one of the co-founders of the Bombay-based artist-collective, Open Circle that sought to engage with contemporary socio-political issues via an integration of theory and practice.

He has convened/curated international events, screenings and exhibitions individually and in collaboration. He has also participated in many prominent national as well as international shows. Currently he is founding faculty and Associate Professor, Department of Art Design and Performing Art, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University. Tushar lives and works in Delhi.
Udita Upadhyaya
Udita Upadhyaya Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Udita Upadhyaya

Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her body as a primary material for making. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, and text. Her current interests center around equal citizenship, walking in the global city, and inheritance of memory. Upadhyaya studied International Relations and Film Production at Boston University before obtaining an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently teaches. She also has an MBA from S.P.Jain Institute for Management and Research, Mumbai, following which she investigated the rise of materialism, labor and urban migration in the rural community in western India. Upadhyaya has performed and exhibited in the India, United States, United Kingdom and Czech Republic. Upadhyaya currently teaches and researches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More information on her work can be found at www.uditaupadhyaya.com
Upendra Baxi
Upendra Baxi Law as language: All but the truth ? | Nov 5

Upendra Baxi

Emeritus Professor of Law at the Universities of Warwick and Delhi, Upendra Baxi has taught at Sydney, Delhi, New York Law School, Washington Law College, Duke University, and University of Toronto, among others. He was the Vice Chancellor, Universities of South Gujarat and Delhi. He has many publications to his credit including the Bhopal Catastrophe, a trilogy and the Future of Human Rights. Currently, he is working on climate change law and justice
Urvashi Butalia
Urvashi Butalia Layers of Wounds: How Memories Unfold | Nov 7

Urvashi Butalia

She is the founder and CEO of Zubaan, a leading independent publishing house based in New Delhi. She co-founded Kali for Women in 1984. With over 35 years of experience in feminist and independent publishing, Urvashi Butalia has had a long involvement in the women’s movement in India, and is a well-known writer, both in academia and in the literary world. Her path-breaking study of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has received many awards, among which are the Pandoraaward for women's publishing, the French Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres, and the Padma Shree, the highest civilian honour awarded by the Indian government.
Vasudha Thozhur
Vasudha Thozhur Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Vasudha Thozhur

Vasudha Thozhur studied at the College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, and at the School of Art and Design in Croydon, UK. She lived and worked in Chennai between 1981 – 1997 and in Baroda between 1997 – 2013. Besides participation in exhibitions/workshops in the country and abroad, institutional work has involved lectures/teaching/juries at MS University, Baroda, NID, Ahmedabad and IICD Jaipur.

Two grants from the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, between 2002 – 2006 and 2009 – 2011, supported a research project 'The Himmat Workshops'. The project looked at ways of rooting art practice in ground and other realities as experienced in the country, with particular reference to conflict zones. It involved collaborating with Himmat, an activist organization based in Vatva, Ahmedabad, between 2002 – 2007.

Among grants received earlier are the French Government Scholarship to work at the Cite des Arts, Paris and the Charles Wallace Grant to work at Gasworks, London. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts at Shiv Nadar University, Dadri.
Vidhi Sharma
Vidhi Sharma Oneness | Nov 3 - 18

Vidhi Sharma

Vidhi completed her Masters in Visual Art Practice from Ambedkar University in 2016. She graduated from College of Art, Delhi with a BFA in Painting in 2014.

She is working for Centre for Community Knowledge as coordinator and co-curator for the Mehrauli Neighbourhood Museum Project. Her work has been shown at Ambedkar University and HICC, Delhi and in Allahbad.

Her work How to Fly Like a Lady (2015) addresses a series of inquiries that sprout from a memory of her past, from where, fetching a peculiar metaphor, she explores her urban life as a collection of performances. In an attempt to excavate the layers that go into the strategic making of an individual like her, she looks at the body situated within a particular urban setup closely, as it becomes the site for manifestation of operations of the apparatus and moral metabolisms culminating into an aesthetic of the repetitive, the rhythmic.
Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d | Nov 6

Vinod Kumar

He has been a theatre activist since 1982. As an actor he has played many prominent characters in more than 60 odd plays, mainly from IPTA, Patna. His notable plays include Spartacus, Poster, Madhvi, Satya Harischandra, Court Martial, Madaari Aaya, and Narmedh. Besides acting, he has also directed some plays such as Daldal ke Bashinde (in the style of black theatre) and Mahatma Gandhi ko Chithhi Pahunche (which is a unique experiment of solo performance).
He has now begun experimenting with a new theatre idiom which includes recital performances of non-fictional and fictional texts such as Hum Khawateen and Mujhe Maaf Kijiye Sir.
He is an active participant in the field of literature, social work, anti-communal movement and human rights.
Vrinda Grover
Vrinda Grover Collaborator: Guftagu Speaking of Women: The Language of Control | Nov 6

Vrinda Grover

Vrinda Grover is a Supreme Court lawyer and human rights activist, who has made significant contributions to the women's rights movement in India. She has actively dealt with domestic violence cases and cases involving sexual minorities. Grover has also represented victims in the Soni Sori rape case, and has been influential in the drafting of the Criminal Law Amendment of 2013, the POCSO Act 2012 and the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010.
Volga
Volga "What people are you?": Telugu Identityspeak | Nov 5

Volga

As a writer who has introduced a feminist perspective into the literary political discourse of Andhra Pradesh, Volga is one of the most significant figures in Telugu Literature today. Her novel,Sveccha, marks a watershed in women’s writing in Telugu and is now being published in all Indian languages. Presently, the executive chairperson and founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Volga has edited the anthology of poems Neeli Meghalu. She has co-edited a volume Sarihaddulu Leni Sandhyalu, which deals with feminist political praxis in Andhra Pradesh. Her anthology of stories Rajakiya Kathalu, which looks at the oppression and control on a woman’s body, has paved the way for more feminist stories in Telugu.
Zuleikha Chaudhari
Zuleikha Chaudhari Art as imaging: Sites under re-construction? | Nov 6

Zuleikha Chaudhari

Zuleikha Chaudhari is an artist, a theatre director and lighting designer based out of New Delhi and Mumbai, India. Her experiments with space and narrative widely informs her works. Her ongoing research considers the structures and codes of performance as well the function and processes of the actor as reality and truth production. It investigates the tension between looking or watching and doing or acting – when and how does the role of the spectator and the performer collapse? She is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Yuva Puruskar (India 2007) and is the visiting faculty at Ashoka University, Delhi, National School of Drama, New Delhi, and The Dramatic Art and Design Academy, New Delhi.

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