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5th edition of Goa Arts & Literary Festival


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The International Centre Goa in association with Goa Writers’ Group has been organising exciting programmes which will culminate in the Annual Goa Arts & Literary Festival scheduled from 4 to 7 December 2014.


1- Ahmed Zawar – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
2- Anwaar Ahmed – Lead Guitars/Vocals
3- Zia Zaidi – Bass Guitars/Vocals
4- Qumber Kazmi – Drums/Vocals

Rock/Progressive Rock/Blues

E Sharp is one of Pakistan’s most well-known indie rock bands playing in the Karachi underground since over 4 years. The band has to its credit more than 30 original songs and is currently recording Pakistan’s first concept and double album. The group is also exceptionally well known for its covers of the 60s/70s classic rock age and tribute gigs to legendary bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Doors. The band is currently focusing on producing their first album and reaching a wider audience that transcends national boundaries. 



 Aarti V Rama
Aarti V Raman is an established noveli the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with several more on the way. 28 year-old Aarti V Raman graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. 

Abhay K. K. is an Indian poet-diplomat and author of two memoirs and five collection of poems. He has been awarded the SAARC Literary Award 2013 and nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2013. His poems have appeared in An Gael (New York), Chiaroscuro (London), The Caravan, The Missing Slate, Indian Literature, Nevsky Almanac (St. Petersburg) etc. 

Aditya Adhikari Aditya Adhikari is a journalist and author based in Kathmandu. He is the author of The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal’s Maoist Revolution (Verso in the UK and US/ Aleph in South Asia) – a political and social history of the civil war in Nepal. He was previously a columnist and the op-ed editor of the Kathmandu Post. He holds a Masters degree in political science from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. 

Ali Aftab Saeed Ali Aftab Saeed is a journalist, columnist, director/producer, actor, and documentary maker. My experience in mainstream media production and journalism goes back 8 years. Apart from all this, I also have a knack for composing melodies. This, paired with the passion for singing, was what gave birth to Pakistan’s first political rock 'n' roll band Beygairat Brigade. 

Dr. Alka Pande Dr Alka Pande is an art critic, cultural theorist, teacher, curator, and a prolific writer. After a PhD from Panjab University, she was recipient of the Charles Wallace Award in 1999-2000 and completed her post-doctoral studies in critical art theory from Goldsmith College, University of London. 

Amita Kanekar Amita Kanekar is a novelist and architectural historian. Her novel A Spoke in the Wheel was published by HarperCollins in 2005; a new edition is now being released by Navayana. 

Amrit Gangar Amrit Gangar is Mumbai-based author, film theoretician, historian and curator. Writing both in English and Gujarati languages, he has to his credit several books on cinema and the city of Mumbai. His writings have also been part of anthologies, catalogues and journals published in India and abroad. He was part of the Hyderabad and Ahmedabad Litfests held this year. 

Angela Ferrao Angela Ferrao is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer, who works both in traditional pencil-and-paper and digital media. Angela began writing and illustrating for children about a decade ago  
Aniruddha Sen Gupta After 20 years of working in the fields of journalism, communications and graphic design, Aniruddha Sen Gupta has returned to his first love – writing – since he moved to Goa in 2006. 

Anita Heiss Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. Anita has won four Deadly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, for her novels including Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming and for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. 

Antara Dev Sen Antara Dev Sen is founder editor of The Little Magazine, the independent journal of ideas and letters, the first Indian magazine to focus on contemporary South Asian literature and offer it in English translation. Sen is also a literary critic and translator, a newspaper columnist and commentator on the media, politics and culture. 

Anuradha Goyal Anuradha Goyal is author, blogger, travel writer, book reviewer and an innovation consultant based in Goa. She is author of 'The Mouse Charmers - Digital Pioneers of India' published by Random House India and the co-author of 'India Innovates’ series published by CII. 

Anuradha Majumdar Anuradha Majumdar lives in Auroville. A dancer-choreographer, writer and poet, her fiction includes Refugees from Paradise and God Enchanter and Infinity Papers for young adults. Her short stories have appeared in various journals and anthologies while poetry has been part of art installation and choreography projects. 

Aparna Jain
Aparna Jain is India's first certified Integral Master Coach. She graduated with a double specialisation from Switzerland and a post post-graduate diploma from the Oberoi School of Hotel Management. 

Arun Khopkar Arun Khopkar got his diploma in film direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He is known for his films on various art forms, which have won many national and international awards, including the Golden Lotus, the highest national award in India. He is a former Homi Bhabha Fellow and is an internationally acknowledged authority on Sergei Eisenstein. 

Arun Mhatre Arun Mhatre was born in one of the tiny hamlets of Alibaug on 25th October, 1954. Later, his family migrated to Mumbai where he completed his M.Com from Mumbai University.  Arundhathi Subramaniam Arundhathi Subramaniam has four books of poetry to her credit, most recently When God is a Traveller (published by HarperCollins in India and Bloodaxe Books in the UK). 

Astri Ghosh Astri Ghosh is a translator, journalist, and teacher based in Panjim, Goa. She translates from Hindi, Bengali and Urdu to Norwegian and English, and from Norwegian to Hindi and English. Some of the authors she has translated are Qurratulain Hyder, Rabindranath Tagore, Lars Saabye Christensen and Per Pettersson.  Augusto Pinto

Aumkar Kishore Shah Born in 2000 , in the beautiful state of Goa, Master Aumkar Kishore Shah is a student of Std IX , Sharada Mandir School ,Goa He has been into creative writing since he was 8 years old. 

Baradwaj Rangan Baradwaj Rangan is a film critic and Senior Deputy Editor at The Hindu. He won the National Award (Swarna Kamal) for Best Film Critic in 2005. His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various magazines like Open, Tehelka, Biblio, Outlook and The Caravan. 

Dr. Brian Mendonca Brian Mendonca, poet, writer and blogger teaches English language and literatures in English at Carmel College, Goa. He has self-published two volumes of poems, viz. Last Bus to Vasco: Poems from Goa (2006) and A Peace of India: Poems in Transit (2011). 

Cathy Craigie Cathy Craigie is a Gamilaroi woman from northern NSW. She has worked extensively in Aboriginal arts and media over the last 20 years and is currently, the Executive Director of the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network. She facilitates projects to enhance Aboriginal literature. Cathy has written five produced plays including ‘Koori Love’ and ‘Murri Time’. 

Charles Correa Charles Correa Is a major figure in contemporary architecture around the world. His work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya at the Sabarmati Ashram, to the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, to the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Center at MIT, Boston, and most recently, the Chamapalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon.

Chee Malabar Chee Malabar is a Los Angeles based rapper and writer. Born in Bombay and raised in Baroda, India, Chee Malabar immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. Inspired by the parallels between his own life and rap music's themes of bewilderment and alienation, Chee immediately gravitated to hip-hop as a tool for navigating through his newfound American life.  Chetan Acharya

Cyril Almeida Cyril Almeida is a senior columnist, reporter at large and assistant editor at Dawn, Pakistan's leading English daily. His areas of interest include national politics, security policy and regional affairs. He is aRhodes Scholar and received a B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. 

Cyril Fernandes Mr. Cyril Aleixo Fernandes describes himself more as an activist and less of a writer. He is a human rights activist based in Chicalim, Goa. He enjoys working at the grassroots level amongst the marginalized sections of society and in particular on dalit and the adivasi issues of Goa. Most of his activism is channelized through the NGO Human Rights Monitoring Society (HURIMOS). 

Daisy Rockwell Daisy Rockwell is a writer, painter and translator who lives in Vermont, USA. She has a PhD in Hindi literature, and paints under the takhallus, or alias, Lapata (pronounced ‘laapataa’), Urdu for “missing,” or “absconded,” as in “my luggage is missing,” or “the bandits have absconded.” 

Damodar Mauzo Damodar Mauzo is a short fiction writer and novelist writing in Konkani. He is also a columnist, critic and a script writer. He has 13 books in Konkani to his credit besides a few more on the anvil. Among his many awards are the Sahitya Akademi award, Katha Award, World Konkani Centre’s Vimla Pai Sahitya Puraskar and several State literary awards. 

Dayaram Bhaskar Padloskar Dayaram Bhaskar Padloskar is a Marathi poet and short story writer. His published work include collection of poetry, Jeevanache Taru (2008), Savashniche Laney (2010) and Janam dilelay mulakade pahat (2014). His short stories, Kagdi Hodya (2009) and Pusalye Khuna (2012) are also published. 

Devidas Gaonkar Devidas Gaonkar is a correspondent for a Marathi daily, Lokmat in Goa. He is also a writer and documentary film maker. His work is available on www.videovolunteers.org – India unheard online news channel (specially community media). 

Dileep Jhaveri Dileep Jhaveri, born in 1943 is a Physician by profession. His publications include 2 poetry collections, a play on Mahabharat, Vyasochchhwas, translated in English as A Breath of Vyas published by Seagull Books. 

Dilip Borkar ilip Borkar, is an Indian writer, writing in his mother tongue Konkani and other languages such as Marathi, Hindi and English. He is a multifaceted personality born in Goa in 1957 and is well known in literature, Journalism, Docu-film production and socio- political activities. 

Dilip D'Souza Trained as a computer scientist (BITS Pilani, Brown Univ), he spent years in software. Along the way he tried writing and found that more interesting, winning several fellowships and awards for his writing (Outlook/Picador prize, Newsweek/Daily Beast prize, Wolfson College Press Fellowship, etc). 

Prof. E V Ramakrishnan Dr. E.V.Ramakrishnan is a bilingual poet, translator and critic. He has published poetry in both English and Malayalam. He has three volumes of poetry in English: Being Elsewhere in Myself (Calcutta, 1980), A Python in a Snake Park (New Delhi, 1996) and Terms of Seeing: New and Selected Poems (New Delhi, 2006). 

Eddie Fernandes Eddie Fernandes is an Associate of Library Association, UK, an Honorary Research Staff member of University College London and the Editor of Goan Voice UK. He was born in Ribandar, Goa; attended primary school at St Paul's, Belgaum; secondary education at the Goan High School, Mombasa, Kenya; graduated from St Xavier's College, Mumbai and postgraduate of University College London. 

Prof. Edwin Thumboo Emeritus Professor, Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore, Edwin Thumboo has been involved in Singapore's literary developments since 1951. He has published six volumes of poetry, most recently Word-Gate (privately printed; 2013). A translation of his poems into Chinese is due for publication. 

Ellen van Neerven Ellen van Neerven is award-winning writer and editor based in Brisbane, Australia. Ellen has Aboriginal and Dutch heritage; she is a member of the Yugambeh people from South-East Queensland. Ellen’s first book Heat and Light, published in September, 2014 by the University of Queensland Press, won the David Unaipon Award. 

Fátima da Silva Gracias Fátima da Silva Gracias studied in Goa and Bombay. She holds a doctorate in Indo-Portuguese history and taught history for many years. Her first book was Health and Hygiene in Colonial Goa,1510-1961, followed by Kaleidoscope of Women in Goa, Beyond the Self—Santa Casa Misericórdia de Goa, The Many Faces of Sundorem –Women in Goa, Cozinha de Goa and Faces of Colonial India—The Work of Goan Artist António Xavier de Trindade ( due for release in early December). 

Fatima Noronha A freelance writer and editor, Fatima M Noronha has published fiction and non-fiction for the last forty years. The BBC broadcast one of her short stories, while others have appeared in periodicals and anthologies in India and overseas. Stray Mango Branches, a collection of vignettes and stories of life in Goa, appeared in 2013. 

Frederika Menezes Frederika Menezes a Goan girl a author, blogger, motivational speaker, song writer and music composer. She has many poems which have been widely published in leading national newspapers and magazines. 

G S P Rao G S P Rao, aka Surya Rao, is the founding Managing Editor of Muse India, the eJournal that showcases Indian Writing in English, and Indian language literatures in translation, to a global readership. Established in 2005, Muse India has emerged as a trend-setter and one of the most significant literary web journals of the country. 

Githa Hariharan Githa Hariharan has written novels, short fiction and essays over the last three decades. Her highly acclaimed work includes The Thousand Faces of Night which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in 1993, the short story collection The Art of Dying, and the novels The Ghosts of Vasu Master, When Dreams Travel, In Times of Siege and Fugitive Histories. Her new book, a collection of essays entitled Almost Home: Cities and Other Places has just been published in India. For more on this Delhi-based author and her work, visit www.githahariharan.com

Gopalakrishna Pai Gopalakrishna Pai (1947) has to his credit four short story collections and five anthologies of translated works. However, he is well-known for his magnum opus 'Swapna Saraswatha', a novel dealing with nine generations of Saraswaths who migrated from Portuguese occupied Goa to the southern part of Karnataka during times of turmoil in the 16th century. 

Govindraj Ethiraj Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and Founder-Editor of Boom News, a next generation television news initiative. Boom sits on Ping Digital Broadcast Network, a digital to satellite television network company co-founded by him and in the news, lifestyle and knowledge space. He is also the Founder-Editor of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.

Hazel Manuel azel Manuel is a UK born novelist whose writing follows a career in education, first as a teacher/lecturer and after as a business leader within the education sector. She now lives and writes in Paris. 

Helene D'Souza Helene is the founder of masalaherb.com - a popular global food, culture and travel blog. 

Hindol Sengupta Hindol Sengupta is Editor-at-Large for the Indian edition of the Fortune magazine, Fortune India and writes about the political economy. He is the author of 5 books. 

Isa Kamari sa graduated with B.Arch. (Hons) from the National University of Singapore (1988), and M.Phil in Malay Letters from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2008). 

Isabel Santa Rita Vas Author of Frescoes in the Womb: Six Plays from Goa (Broadway Publications; Goa1556); founding member of The Mustard Seed Art Company, an amateur theatre group founded in 1987. 

Janice Pariat Janice is the author of Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories (Random House India, 2012). She was awarded the Yuva Puraskar (Young Writer Award) from the Sahitya Akademi (Indian National Academy of Letters) and the Crossword Book Award for fiction. 

Janis Harper Janis Harper is a Canadian writer, editor, actor, and singer-songwriter, who has just released a CD of originals, Better This Way. She was an adjunct professor for many years, teaching in English and Communication departments at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College (in Vancouver, BC), and she has recently become an Expressive Arts Therapist.

Dr. Jared Thomas Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges. He currently works as Arts Development Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Arts South Australia and is an adjunct lecturer at the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, the University of South Australia. 

Jessica Faleiro essica Faleiro is a travel writer and novelist with an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK. She also has an MSc in environmental policy and worked for years as an environmental lobbyist before crossing over to work in the non-profit sector. 

Jose Lourenco Jose Lourenco's short fiction, poetry, translations and essays in Konkani and English have appeared in various publications. He is also the author of The Parish Churches of Goa, a study of façade architecture. 

Joshua Ip Joshua Ip is the author of two poetry collections: sonnets from the singlish (2012) and making love with scrabble tiles (2013) from Math Paper Press, the former of which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2014. 

Joyshree Roy Joyshree Roy is a well known novelist and short story writer in Hindi literary world. She also writes for English news papers. Her mother tongue is Bengali. Her birth place is Bihar, Hazaribagh. She completed her S. S. C. From Bihar and migrated to Goa along with her family in 1981. In Goa she did her post graduation from Goa University. She is a University topper. 

Jugneeta Sudan
ugneeta Sudan is an academician and writes a book column for the Goan newspaper 'Navhind Times'. Her stint as a curriculum advisor to educational institutions led her to develop workshop modules on classics, fiction, non- fiction books as tools of teaching learning process. Her book readings encompass presentations, along with excerpts from relevant books. 

K. Anis Ahmed K. Anis Ahmed is a Bangladeshi writer based in Dhaka. He is a co-founder of Bengal Lights, Bangladesh's most prominent new English literary journal. 

Kalyani Rao Kalyani Rao likes to call herself a bit of a non-conformist who likes to travel extensively to get her lessons in life. Her debut book Bubble wrap has received rave reviews from India's top book crtics.She is based out of Pune and runs a quirky travel company called Untouristy,India.
Katie Bagli Katie Bagli is an avid nature lover and she gives expression to her passion by writing for children. She has seven published titles to her credit, all of which are on various subjects of nature. Her eighth book is expected to be released soon.

Kaveri Ponnapa Kaveri Ponnapa is the author of The Vanishing Kodavas (Eminence Designs 2013), a cultural study of the Kodava people. She studied English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, and took a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology at SOAS, London. Kaveri writes on food and wine for several publications, and a popular blog, The Coorg Table, on the food traditions of Kodagu.

Kavery Nambisan Kavery Nambisan is a surgeon and novelist from Coorg, Karnataka. She did her medical studies at St John's Medical College, Bangalore and her surgical training in UK. She started writing while working as a surgeon and has combined her two professions with ease. 

Keki Daruwalla Keki N. Daruwalla has been publishing poetry since 1970 when he came out with his first volume Under Orion. He has now 11 poetry volumes including “Collected Poems” (Penguin 2006) and Selected Poems (ARC Publishers Todmorden, UK 2008). 

Dr. Kiran Budkuley Dr. (Mrs.) Kiran Budkuley is Professor and Head of English Department at Goa University. Her areas of research interest include ‘Gender and Culture Studies’, ‘Poetry’ and ‘Konkani Literature and Folklore’. She has presented papers at National and International Conferences on invitation. 

Kirandeep Kaur Kirandeep Kaur is indeed the face of the modern Indian woman. Well read, with strong value system, yet a devoted mother, wife and daughter juggling between work and family with ease. 

Kornelia Santoro "Kitchen goddess, mother, cookbook author." With these words Kornelia Santoro describes herself. 

Lathika George Landscape designer, environmentalist, organic gardener, cooking enthusiast, constant traveller, compulsive writer and notebook keeper. She designs and creates gardens and is an ardent supporter of the conservation cause, especially in her beautiful mountains.

Leonard Fernandes Leonard Fernandes co-founded dogearsetc.com, an online bookstore for used books in 2006 and CinnamonTeal Publishing a year later, thus pioneering the business of providing publishing services to authors and trade publishers in India.

Lola Mac Dougall Lola Mac Dougall has a Masters in International Cooperation from Madrid's Universidad Complutense and another in Cultural Management from Barcelona's UOC. 

Mahabaleshwar Sail Mahabaleshwar Sail is an eminent Konkani writer based in Goa. His stories successfully encapsulate experiences of living in various social strata through his novels Khol Khol Moolan, Adrista, Aranyakand, Hanvtthan, Yug Sanvar and more. Kali Ganga is one of his highly acclaimed novels, which has a river as its protagonist. 

Mahesh Rao Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. He studied politics and economics at the University of Bristol and law at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. 

Mamang Dai Dai is a poet and novelist writing in English. She was correspondent the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers and President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of working journalists. She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme. 

Manjeet Kripalani Manjeet Kripalani is the former India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine. During her extensive career in journalism (BusinessWeek, Worth and Forbes magazines), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards. 

Manohar Shetty Manohar Shetty has published six books of poems, including 'Domestic Creatures' (Oxford University Press, New Delhi). His new book is 'Creatures Great and Small' (Copper Coin, N Delhi; 2014) and another 'Living Room' is forthcoming from HarperCollins. In the UK his poems have appeared in 'London Magazine', 'Poetry Review', 'Wasafiri' and 'Poetry Wales'. He has co-edited a special edition on English language poets of India for 'Poetry Wales'. 

Dr. Maria Aurora Couto Dr. Maria Aurora Couto is an educationist. She has taught at Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi and written on environmental issues, communal harmony related to Goa. (The Hindu). 

Meena Kandasamy Meena Kandasamy (born 1984) is a poet, fiction writer, translator and activist based in Chennai. She has published two collections of poety, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010). 

Menka Shivdasani Menka Shivdasani is the author of two collections of poetry, with a third due to be out shortly. She is also co-translator of Freedom and Fissures, an anthology of Sindhi Partition poetry (Sahitya Akademi). 

Mini Krishnan Mini Krishnan is Editor-Translations, Oxford University Press (India) where she sources and edits fiction, plays, autobiographies and biographies from 12 Indian languages into English. So far she has edited 84 full-length translations five of which have won national prizes for translation and are prescribed reading in universities. 

MR Madhavan MR Madhavan is the President of PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi. His professional work focuses on improving the processes of legislative bodies in three broad dimensions: strengthen the mechanisms for legislators to take decisions in a better informed manner; increase the transparency of the system to enable citizens to know more about the work of legislators and legislatures; and work towards law-making in a more participatory manner by catalyzing engagement of citizens with their elected representatives. Madhavan has earlier worked in equity research, interest rates research and currency research with ICICI Securities and Bank of America. He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Madras, and an MBA and PhD from IIM Calcutta.

Mridula Nath Chakraborty Mridula Nath Chakraborty is lecturer in postcolonial theory at the University of Western Sydney and teaches/publishes on literatures of the subcontinent, in English and in translation, on issues of identity politics, multiculturalism and Bombay cinema. 

Musharraf Farooqi Musharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. He was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and now divides his time between Toronto and Lahore. His novel, "Between Clay and Dust" was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012. 

Mustansir Dalvi Mustansir Dalvi is an Anglophone poet, architect and translator. His first book of poems, Brouhahas of Cocks (2013), was published by Poetrywala.  Nandita Haksar

Narayan Ramchandran Narayan Ramchandran is father of two girls, husband of writer, social entrepreneur, columnist and emerging market investor in that order. He worked on Wall Street (mostly at Morgan Stanley) for over 20 years, most recently as head of global emerging market investing and then country head of Morgan Stanley in India. Narayan is the Chairman of InKlude Labs and a Fellow and Co-Founder at the Takshashila Institution.

Naresh Fernandes Naresh Fernandes is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital daily. He is the author of City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay and Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age. He lives and works in Bombay.

Neelba Khandekar Neeta Torne Neeta Raghunath Torne is a Poet, Writer and Compare. She is a Associate Professor in Marathi at Sant Sohirobanath Ambiye Government College of Arts & Commerce, Virnoda, Pernem Goa. 

Nicole Watson Nicole Watson is an author, academic, former lawyer and columnist. Nicole was born in Queensland and is Aboriginal and European-Australian. Nicole has published widely in academic journals and the Indigenous press. Nicole's first novel, The Boundary, was a crime fiction set in Brisbane. Nicole is currently employed at the University of Technology Sydney, where she teaches in Indigenous studies.  Nikhil Padgaonkar
Nikhil Padgaonkar is a documentary film maker and develops multimedia content for exhibitions. 

Nim Gholkar Nim Gholkar is Mumbai born and raised. Of Marathi and Konkani heritage, she is also conversant in German. Nim graduated in English Literature from University of Mumbai before moving to Australia. 

Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai is a co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution and a graduate of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), Nanyang Technological University and National College, Bangalore. 

Nutan SakhardandeNutan Sakhardande is a well-known konkani poetess in Goa. She has two collections of poetries "Jinh zali kasturi"(1995) and "Password"(2010), as well as a translation "tanmay dhulh"(2014) rewritten from Oriya to konkani at her credit. Her poetry touches us with its simple but intensely evocative domestic imagery and warmth. 

Pamela TimmsPamela Timms is a Scottish writer who has been based in Delhi since 2005. She has written for a wide range of publications, is a columnist for Mint Lounge and hosts the popular blog Eat and Dust which chronicles her food adventures in India. Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons in Old Delhi is her first book. Pantaleao Fernandes

Pantaleao Fernandes is a Goa-based writer, photographer and ethnographer. He is the author of two books on Goa, Goa Remembered and 100 things to do in Goa.  Paresh Kamat

Pharmacist by profession, Paresh Narendra Kamat has mastered his passion for poetry writing from young age. Born in 1968, he has been continuously contributing towards Konkani literary field.  Patricia J. Pereira-Sethi

Patricia J. Pereira-Sethi, is an award-winning journalist who worked for two decades as correspondent, editor and the United Nations Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine in New York. She has interviewed nearly 45 heads of state during her career (among them: Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet, Indira Gandhi, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, George Bush Sr, Robert Mugabe, Pham Van Dong). 

Pavan Srinath Pavan Srinath heads policy research and programmes at the Takshashila Institution. After studying biotechnology at IIT Madras, Pavan dropped out of a PhD in Biophysics, and instead started his career in policy research by working at Public Affairs Centre and Arghyam, Bangalore. He then trained in public policy at Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy. 

Pierre' Legrand Born in Paris, an engineer by profession, Pierre Legrand's artistic journey began after coming to India in 1968. 

Prashant Jha Prashant Jha is the author of Battles of The New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal (Hurst in UK, Aleph in South Asia) - a deeply personal reported account of war and peace in Nepal over the past two decades. 

Dr. Pratima Kamat

Prava Rai Prava Rai is a freelance editor and writer based in Goa and Sikkim. She edited PARMAL a journal of Goan culture and heritage (2003-2009), The Book Review , New Delhi (1981-1984)and edits mainly social sciences books. 

R. Benedito Ferrao. Benedito Ferrao is a writer and researcher. Currently, he is a Mellon Faculty Fellow in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. His research centres on literary representations of Goans in transnational contexts. 

Rabi Thapa Rabi Thapa is a writer and editor from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he returned to live after studying at Monash (Australia) and Cambridge (UK), and working in England, France and Thailand. 

Raghav ChandraAn alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and the Harvard University, USA, from where he has Masters degrees, Raghav Chandra is an IAS officer who is currently posted as Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Ministries of Culture and Agriculture of the Government of India in Delhi. Rahim Qureshi

Rajdeep Sardesai Rajdeep Sardesai, 49 years, was till recently the editor of chief of IBN 18 network and is currently writing a major book on the 2014 Indian General elections to be published later this year by Penguin Random House.

Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi
Rajmohan Gandhi, historian and biographer, served until end-2012 as Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Mr. Ramesh Bhagavant Veluskar is a multifaceted literary personality basically writes in Konkani and has equally written in other Indian languages like Marathi, Hindi. He is a poet of repute in Konkani with his finest articulation in Konkani language and with the help of it's rich idiom he re-creates new idiom making the language from rich to richest. He has eight collections of poetry published with different subjects.

Ranjit Hoskote
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of more than 25 books, ranging across poetry, art criticism, cultural history and poetry in translation. His collections of poetry include Central Time (Penguin, 2014), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vogel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). 

Rati Saxena Rati Saxena – Poet/ Translator/ Editor (kritya) / Director Poetry festivals-kritya and vedic scholar. She has 9 collections of poetry in Hindi and English and one each in Malayalam (translated), Irish, Italian, She has a travelogue in Hindi, a Memoire in English.

Ratna Vira Ratna Vira holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a Masters in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She also holds an MBA. She is the daughter of senior journalist, Nalini Singh, and SPN Singh. Ratna juggles her corporate career with her writing and love of art. She lives in Gurgaon with her daughter and son, where she is at work on her second novel.

Revati Upadhya Revati Upadhya is an independent writer, avid blogger, die-hard lover of everything food, amateur photographer and self-taught home-cook all wrapped in one. She is the voice behind the words, pictures and music on Haathi Time, a personal blog, and all the food adventures on Hungry and Excited, a food blog that turned into a cake shop in 2013. Previously an die-hard Bangalorean, she now lives in Dona Paula and has turned into a self-proclaimed Goan.

Sachin Kalbag Sachin Kalbag is editor of Mid-Day, an English language daily in Mumbai and Pune. According to the Indian Readership Survey, it is the seventh-most read English newspaper in India. 

Sagarika Ghose Sagarika Ghose (49) is a journalist, author and broadcaster.  Sam Miller Sam Miller is the author of A Strange Kind of Paradise: India through Foreign Eyes (Penguin India and Jonathan Cape – 2014). Sam was born and brought up in London. 

Samar Halarnkar A reporter and writer who lives in Bangalore, Halarnkar is the author of “Nirvana Under the Rain Tree”, an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution, and “A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking -- And Other Dubious Adventures.  Sangeeta ThapaDirector/Curator of the Siddhartha Art Gallery (www.siddharthaartgallery.com) and the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre (KCAC), Sangeeta Thapa, has been actively involved in the promotion of contemporary art of Nepal for the last 27 years. Thapa has curated and organized close to 400 exhibitions of local and international artists. 

Sarah Farooqui Sarah Farooqui is an alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and a graduate of the pioneer batch of the Takshashila Institution's Graduate Certificate in Public Policy. She is the Editor of Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review, and a manager, writer and failed researcher at the Takshashila Institution. 

Sathya Saran Best known for her 12-year-long editorship of Femina from 1992 to 2004, Sathya Saran is also a scriptwriter, radio person and author. 

Saumya Balsari Saumya Balsari travels widely and lives in Cambridge. Named one of Britain's leading South Asian women, she has previously been a London columnist for The Hindustan Times UK Edition and The Bombay Times, journalist, teacher and translator. 

Savia Viegas Savia Viegas is a writer, artist and academic living in Carmona, Goa. Her novels and exhibitions include "Museum thru Indian eyes" - a photographic exhibition at NCPA sponsored by USEFI held in March 2005. 

Savio LoboSavio Lobo was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to parents of Goan origin. After completing his architectural studies in Mumbai, he pursued a Masters in Urbanism at the Universitat Poletecnica de Catalunya(UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. 

Sebastiao Rodrigues Sebastiao Rodrigues has been critically following the mining industry in Goa since 2001, especially its social and environmental consequences. He inspired the Gawda, Kunbi, Velip and Dhangar Federation (GAKUVED) to adopt blogging as a means of expressing views that were sidelined and often censured in the mainstream media, and contributed uncensored field realities extensively on the blog www.mandgoa.blogspot.in, which was repeatedly targeted by mining industry. 

Selma CarvalhSelma Carvalho is the author of Into the Diaspora Wilderness (2010), ed. The Naked Liberal: An Anthology of George Menezes's Writing (2013) and A Railway Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa, 1865 - 1980 (2014). 

Sheeba Shivangi Shah

Sheeba Shah is a prominent English fiction writer from Kathmandu, Nepal.  Sitanshu Yashaschandra

Sitanshu Yashaschandra (b.1941) is among contemporary Gujarati literature's most eminent representatives. A much celebrated poet and playwright, he is also a critical theorist, translator and academic.  Sreenivasan Jain

Sreenivasan Jain is Managing Editor of NDTV, India's most respected 24hrs news and current affairs broadcaster. He presently anchors an award-winning weekly ground reportage and investigative show, Truth vs Hype, which focuses on political corruption, conflict zones and untold stories of social and economic tensions.

Sridala Swami Sridala Swami's latest collection of poetry, Escape Artist, has been published by Aleph Book Co. in June this year. Swami is an alumnus of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2013). She blogs at The Spaniard In The Works and can be found on twitter @sridala.

Dr. Subodh Sarkar Subodh Sarkar has published 27 books of poems in Bengali, two books in English. Edited `Beyond the Brown`, an anthology of essays on Indian-American writings in English. 

Sudeep Chakravarti Sudeep Chakravarti is a leading commentator on matters of business and human rights, and socio-political and security issues in India and South Asia. He is also a novelist. His latest book, Clear.Hold.Build: Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India (Collins Business) has been published to critical acclaim. 

Sushma Joshi Sushma Joshi is a writer and filmmaker from Nepal. Her book "The End of the World" was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. Her novel is set during Nepal's civil conflict. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University, and two MAs: one in cultural anthropology from the New School University, and one in English Literature from Middlebury College, Vermont. She lives in Kathmandu.

T M Krishna Thodur Madabusi Krishna’s three-initialled renown as ‘TMK’ comes from his widely acknowledged stature as a vocalist in the Karnatik tradition. His musicality eludes standard analyses. Uncommon in his rendition of music and original in his interpretation of it, Krishna is at once strong and subtle, manifestly traditional and stunningly innovative. 

Thomas Bell Thomas Bell was born in the north of England in 1978 and studied at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art. After university he moved to Kathmandu to cover the civil war in Nepal for the Daily Telegraph, The Economist, and other publications

Tony Martin Tony Martin teaches English at Shri Nirakar Education Society’s S. S. Angle Higher Secondary School, Mashem, Canacona, Goa since 1999. He was a sub-editor (Incharge, Goa Pages) with The Navhind Times and has also briefly worked as a sub-editor with the Herald. 

Trusha Ganes Trusha Ganesh, a 13 years old Class VIII student of Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao, has been living in Curtorim, Goa the last 6 years. An avid blogger, she loves writing on anything and everything.  

Ulrike Rodrigues Ulrike Bemvinda Rodrigues is a Canadian writer with a Goan lineage. Her grandparents are from Nachinola and Olaulim, and her father Leo was bon in Rangoon’s Goan community in pre-war Burma.

V. Sanjay Kumar After completing his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in 1982 V Sanjay Kumar has set up and run small businesses in finance, software and contemporary art, operating out of Mumbai and Chennai. He is a Director at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai since 1988.

Victor Rangel Rebeiro Victor Rangel-Ribeiro's career as a writer, editor, teacher, and music critic spans seven decades and two continents. Born in Porvorim, Goa, in 1925, he began his writing career in Bombay, holding key editorial positions at the Indian Expressand Times of Indiagroups before going on to become Head of Copy Department at J. Walter Thompson Co., Bombay, the first Indian to hold that post.  Vidya Pai Vidya Pai received the Konkani


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- Goa University: 1 km
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- Miramar Beach: 5 km
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