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.
Tilottama Tharoor completed her M.A from Delhi University and PhD from New York University (NYU). She is currently Clinical Associate Professor at NYU and teaches World Literatures, Arts and Cultures, Global Women’s Writings and Rights, South Asian Cultures, Postcolonial Theories and Writings, British and World Fiction.
Sampurna Chattarji is a writer, translator, editor and teacher. Her eighteen books include a short story collection about Bombay/Mumbai, ‘Dirty Love’ (Penguin, 2013); two novels ‘Rupture’ (2009) and ‘Land of the Well’ (2012), both from HarperCollins. Her translations of Joy Goswami’s poetry were published by Harper Perennial. Among her eight poetry titles are ‘Over & Under Ground in Mumbai & Paris’ (Westland-Context, 2018), the result of a collaboration with Karthika Naïr; and ‘The Bhyabachyaka and other Wild Poems’ (Scholastic, 2019), which she co-authored with Welsh author, Eurig Salisbury. Her translation of Sukumar Ray’s poetry and prose, ‘Wordygurdyboom!’ is a Puffin Classic. Sampurna is Poetry Editor for The Indian Quarterly and teaches writing to design students at IIT, Bombay.
(Facilitator, Children’s Writing course)
Rohini Chowdhury is an established literary translator and the author of several children’s books. Her published writing, in Hindi and English, covers several literary genres including translations, fiction and non-fiction. She is published by Penguin Random House India, Scholastic India, and Rupa Publications. Rohini primarily translates from pre-modern and modern Hindi into English. Her most recent translation is Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas, a sixteenth-century retelling of the story of Ram, unanimously regarded as the greatest achievement of Hindi literature. Committed to the promotion of literacy amongst children, Rohini used her extensive experience in the field to run online creative writing classes for children across the UK during the recent school closures. She has also participated in Microsoft’s ‘Skype in the Classroom’ online education initiative, conducting creative writing classes in more than twenty schools across the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle-east.