Ananth Padmanabhan is Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers India. Ananth joined HarperCollins in 2015, after having spent over 18 years at Penguin Random House, most recently as its Senior Vice President for Sales. Prior to publishing he worked at a bookstore in Chennai, India, between 1992 and 1997 where he discovered his love for books. Ananth has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Publishers in India (API). He is a published author and photographer
Karthika Naïr is the author of several books, including Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, a reimagining of the Mahabharata in multiple voices, which won the 2015 Tata Literature Live Award for Book of the Year (Fiction), and the principal scriptwriter of shows such as choreographer Akram Khan’s DESH (2011). The performances she has scripted and co-scripted have been staged at venues across the world, including Palais des Papes (Avignon), Esplanade (Singapore) and Lincoln Center (USA). Also a dance enabler, Naïr’s closest and longest association has been with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as co-founder of his company Eastman.
Saikate Majumdar is the author of three novels: The Scent of God (2019), one of Times of India’s
“20 Most Talked About Books of 2019”, The Firebird (2015), and Silverfish (2007). He has also published a book of literary criticism – Prose of the World (2013), a general nonfiction book on higher education – College: Pathways of Possibility (2018), and a co-edited collection of essays – The Critic as Amateur (2019). He has taught at Stanford University, was named a Fellow at the Humanities Centre at Wellesley College, and is currently Professor of English & Creative Writing at Ashoka University.
Jayapriya Vasudevan has over twenty years experience of working in publishing, during which she has worked on several aspects of publishing – from editing to sales and distribution. Spotting a gap in the market, she and a partner set up India’s first bookstore cafe in Bangalore. In 1997 Jayapriya founded Books@Jacaranda literary agency. Under her leadership Jacaranda has continued to grow its diverse list of authors. Jayapriya has spoken at literary festivals all over Asia, from Istanbul and India to Manila and Singapore and further afield.
Sumana Roy is the author of How I became a Tree, a work of nonfiction, Missing: A Novel, Out of Syllabus: Poems and My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. She teaches at Ashoka University.