In 2016, Gameplan launched the Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, because a culturally rich region like Odisha needed a festival that would celebrate its literature and allied cultural pursuits — dance, music, recitation, and theatrical performances. The idea was an endeavour to take Odisha to a wider world audience and also to bring the world to Odisha.

From the very first year, the lit meet has drawn premier authors and speakers from across India and the world, having hosted eminent delegates such as Manoj Das, Ruskin Bond, Jayanta Mahapatra, Nayantara Sehgal, Kiran Nagarkar, Sharmila Tagore, Ileana Citaristi, Mark Tully, Nandita Das, Barkha Dutt, and William Dalrymple among several others. This lit meet has become an integral part of Bhubaneswar's annual cultural calendar and the overwhelming response encourages us keep our emphasis on a consistently high quality of participants, and an inherent connection with the local cultural ethos.

Event Schedule

4:00 pm Xavier Institute of Management Inauguration


Lord Meghnad Desai and Perumal Murugan.

4:20 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Trump, Brexit and India

Making sense of the world at the start of a new decade: Meghnad Desai’s keynote address. Followed by conversation with Ajoy Bose.

5:20 pm Xavier Institute of Management


Anant Mahapatra, Himansu Mohapatra and Malabika Roy discuss the collaborative novel and its translation. In conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury.

6:10 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Gandhi and inclusion

S.N. Sahu and Prakash C. Sarangi. In conversation with Jatindra Nayak.

7:00 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Is Zamane Ka Ishq, Us Zamane Ke Naghme

Duo Sourendra Mullick and Soumyajit Das collaborate with YouTube sensation and spoken word performer Priya Malik, to speak of how love is still the greatest muse.

10 am Xavier Institute of Management Poetry of the City

Poetry of the City

City poets present their poems.

Suman Jana, Sanjay Palo, Gayatri Mavuru, Agnivesh Mahapatra and Pradeep Kumar Mallick.

11:00 am Xavier Institute of Management

The Birds of Odisha

Bikram Grewal on the state’s avian riches. In conversation with Panchami Manoo Ukil.

11:50 am Xavier Institute of Management

Perumal Murugan –A Life in Letters

Perumal Murugan and his translator Nandini Murali speak about his works and his first non-fiction work, Amma. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee.

12:40 pm Xavier Institute of Management

The Honest Boswell

Ajoy Bose and Ruben Banerjee about the challenge of writing an honest biography. In conversation with Jatindra Nayak.

2:15 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Sridevi: Khwabon ki Shahzaadi

The Odisha launch of Satyarth Nayak’s book, Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess. Followed by a conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri.

3:10 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Manto & I

Nandita Das on her personal and cinematic journey with the incredible Saadat Hasan Manto. In conversation with Namita Devidayal.

4:00 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Watching a Poem

Priya Malik and Rosie Garland on the writer as performer. Readings, recitations and discussion. In conversation with Sukanya Das.

4:50 pm Xavier Institute of Management

The Golden Breath

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia on his life, his music and memories. Memoirist Sathya Saran and the maestro in conversation with Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri.

5:40 pm Xavier Institute of Management

The Rhymes they’re a changing

Sitakant Mahapatra, Anant Mahapatra, Subodh Patnaik and Sucheta Mishra on changing rhymes and muses that morph. In conversation with Dash Benhur. Session in Odia

7:15 pm Rabindra Mandap


A play by Amol Palekar adapted from Den Skyldige by Gustav Moller and Emil N Andersen. Written by Sandhya Gokhale. (Venue: Rabindra Mandap)

11:15 am Xavier Institute of Management Bamana Arzee

Bamana Arzee

Launch of Odia edition of Chandrahas Choudhury’s book, Arzee the Dwarf, translated by Sindhubala Choudhury. The author and the translator in conversation with Manu Dash. Session in Odia

12:20 pm Xavier Institute of Management

The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan

Namita Devidayal speaks of the sitar maestro’s life and music. In conversation with Sumanyu Satpathy.


1:00 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Poetry of the City

City poets present their poems.

Chitta Ranjan Mishra, Mrs. Sonali Sahu, Ms. Sarita Naik, Mr. Digant Pattanaik and Rilushree Samantaray.

2:00 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Book Bonanza

Surprise gifts for audience present.

2:30 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Crimes of the Heart

Bachi Karkaria discusses murder cases that captured the nation’s attention. In conversation with Sampad Patnaik.

3:10 pm Xavier Institute of Management

The Asuras and Us

Anand Neelakantan on how modern readers resonate with the grey characters of the epics. In conversation with Panchami Manoo Ukil.

4:10 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Poetry Interlude

Gayatribala Panda and Manu Dash. Session in Odia

4:50 pm Xavier Institute of Management

Sarojini’s Mother

Kunal Basu talks about his book to Chandrahas Choudhury.

5:40 pm Xavier Institute of Management

No Country for Women

Paramita Satpathy, Gayatribala Panda and Tanaya Patnaik. In conversation with Gourahari Das. Session in Odia

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Ajoy Bose

Ajoy Bose is an author and journalist who is regarded as the leading expert on Mayawati and her Dalit politics. For nearly four decades, he has been associated with a wide range of media. He is at present a senior political columnist and television commentator, published in leading newspapers and magazines in India and abroad and appearing on major channels. He began his journalistic career in the early 1970s with Patriot newspaper and Link magazine, going on to become Delhi correspondent of Sunday magazine, and in the 1980s started the Delhi edition of The Sunday Observer, India’s first Sunday newspaper. In the 1990s he was with the Pioneer newspaper where he became the Executive Editor. He was also India correspondent of the Guardian, London from 1978 to 1996 and later the New Delhi representative for the Khaleej Times, Dubai. He has broadcast extensively on the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Nederlands. Ajoy Bose has co-written two books, the highly acclaimed For Reasons of State: Delhi Under Emergency and Shah Commission Begins.

Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar is an Indian actor, director and producer of Hindi and Marathi cinema. He studied fine arts at the Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, and commenced his artistic career as a painter. He has been active in avant-garde theatre in India. He has been active in Marathi and Hindi theatre as an actor, director and producer since 1967. His contribution to modern Indian theatre is often overshadowed by his popularity as a lead actor in Hindi films. As an actor, he was most prominent for over a decade from 1970. His image as a “boy next door” contrasted with the larger-than-life heroes prevalent at that time in Indian cinema. He received one Filmfare and six State awards as Best Actor. His performances in regional language films in Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada fetched him critical acclaim as well. He decided not to act after 1986 in order to concentrate on filmmaking. As a director, he is known for the sensitive portrayal of women, selection of classic stories from Indian literature, and perceptive handling of progressive issues. He has directed several television serials on the national network such as KachchiDhoopMrignayaniNaquabPaoolKhuna and Krishna Kali.

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker. He has authored five fiction books in English and one in Malayalam. His debut work Asura, The Tale of the Vanquished is based on the Indian epics of Ramayana. His next book series was Ajaya – Roll of the Dice, Ajaya – Rise of Kali, the two books on the Mahabharata told from the Kaurava perspective. Anand’s books voice the suppressed party or the defeated party. His fifth book Vanara, the legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara also follow the same pattern of voicing the defeated side. Anand Neelakantan has written columns for The Deccan Chronicle, The Asian Age, The New Indian Express, The Wall Street Journal, Speaking Tree, among others. A prolific writer, Anand Neelakantan is also a story consultant for STAR TV’s upcoming serial Siya Ke Ram. Anand has currently signed up to write the script of a horror film based on mythology with a prominent Bollywood director.

Anant Mahapatra

Anant Mahapatra is a highly acclaimed theatre and film personality from Odisha who has written, directed and acted in over 100 plays. He has also worked in film, television and radio. He has written, directed and produced short feature films for Doordarshan, and wrote the screenplay and directed Mamu — the first feature length film on Doordarshan in India — in Hindi and Odia. Mahapatra is the man behind Theatre in Motion, and the founder/director of SUJANI and Natya Shodh Sansthan. He founded the Utkal Rangamanch Trust, set up to give a fillip to professional theatre in Odisha after the old theatre companies of the early ’50s closed down in the ’70s.

Bachi Karkaria

Bachi Karkaria is considered a game-changer in Indian journalism. She was the first Indian board member of the World Editors Forum. Her widely followed columns are the satirical Erratica in The Times of India and Giving Gyan, playing ‘Agony Aunt’, in the Mumbai Mirror. She appears regularly on television news channels, and is a media trainer in India and abroad. Karkaria’s books include the critically acclaimed, In Hot Blood: The Nanavati Case That Shook India; Dare to Dream;  Mills, Molls And Moolah; Behind The Times; Mumbai Masti; The Cake That Walked on Kolkata’s iconic tearoom, Flury’s; two collections of her Erratica column; and, most recently, of Giving Gyan.

Bikram Grewal

Bikram Grewal grew up in the dense evergreen forests of India’s North-east where he first developed his love for natural history. He has written over 30 books on Indian wildlife, travel and the entertainment. He made publishing his career and worked in England, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to Delhi. He now devotes his time to the conservation of Indian wildlife, especially working on rare birds. When not travelling, he spends his time between his farm in Dehradun, where he grows rare plants and his boat in the Sunderbans.

Biswa Kalyan Rath

Biswa Kalyan Rath is an Indian stand-up comedian, writer, and YouTuber. He came into prominence through a YouTube comedy series, Pretentious Movie Reviews with fellow comedian Kanan Gill. He played a cameo role in Brahman Naman, and another minor role in a show, Laakhon Mein Ek which he co-wrote. He is from Odisha. After graduation in Biotechnology from IIT Kharagpur in 2012, Biswa worked in graphic design, advertising, and software. It was during this time that he met Kanan Gill at an open mic event in Bangalore in 2013. He quit his job at Oracle in 2014 to become a full-time comedian.

Chandrahas Choudhury

Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of three works of fiction: Arzee the Dwarf (2009), Clouds (2018) and Days of My China Dragon (2019), He also writes essays, reportage and literary criticism for a host of journals including The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveller and Mint. He was educated at the Universities of Delhi and Cambridge. He is also the editor of the anthology of Indian fiction, India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion published by Harper Collins. He lives between Bhubaneswar, Delhi and Mumbai.

Dash Benhur

Dash Benhur is the pen name of Jitendra Narayan Dash, a well-known writer of children’s stories in Odia. He is the author of more than 100 books, including 15 collections of short-stories. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Sahitya Akademi Bal Puruskar, the Odisha Vigyan Academy Popular Science-writer award, NCERT Prize for Children’s Literature,1989, and the Odisha Sahitya Akademi award, 1987. He retired as the Principal of Samanta Chandrasekhar (Autonomous) College, Puri, and is a founder member of Aama Odisha.

Gayatribala Panda

Dr. Gayatribala Panda is a well-known Odia poet, fiction writer, literary critic and journalist. She is the recipient of first Kendra Sahitya Akademi “Yuva Puraskar” in Odia for her poetry collection Gaan (The Village) in 2011. In 2012, she was named as one of the 10 best young writers in the country by the English daily Indian Express (Eye Magazine). She was the ‘Writer-in-residence’ at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2015. She has to her credit 11 collections of poetry (two of which have been translated into Hindi, one translated into English), four novels and two collections of short stories.

Gourahari Das

Dr. Gourahari Das is an Odia story writer, novelist, and columnist. He has published over 45 works, including 5 novels, 16 short-story collections, 7 vignettes, 5 collections of essays, 2 plays, 1 collection of poems, translations and travelogues. He has translated autobiographies of Kuldip Nayar, Ruskin Bond, and Malayalam writer Benyamin’s Goat Days. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the short story collection Kanta O’ Anyanya Galpa. Gourahari works as the Features Editor of Sambad, Editor of the monthly Katha and as Principal of Sambad School of Media and Culture.

Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist, who plays the bansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, in the Hindustani classical tradition. Considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, he has expanded the expressive possibilities of the bansuri through his masterful blowing technique. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is also a well-known music composer for Hindi films along with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, forming a group called Shiv-Hari. He has received several awards like Sangeet Natak Academy in 1984, Konark Samman in 1992, Padma Bhushan in 1992, Yash Bharati Sanman in 1994, Padma Vibhushan in 2000, Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 2000, Dinanath Mangeshkar Award in 2000 and Pune Pandit Award in 2008 and the Padma Vibhushan. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is universally regarded as the best flute player of Eastern Classical music.

Himansu Mohapatra

Dr. Himansu Mohapatra is an academician and translator, with a specific interest in Anglo-American Critical Theory, Fiction Theory and translation. He has published extensively both in academic journals as well as newspapers and periodicals. His recent work is a translation of Basanti, an Odia collaborative novel widely held to be the first feminist novel in Odia.

Jatindra Nayak

Dr Jatindra Kumar Nayak is a translator, literary critic, columnist, editor, and educationalist from Odisha. He has translated several works of Odia literature into English, including Yantrarudha, an Odia language novel by Chandrasekhar Rath, Astride the Wheel. The book won the Hutch Crossword Book Award 2004 for Indian Language Fiction Translation, and established Nayak’s reputation as a notable translator in India. He has also won the Katha Translation Award for his English rendering of Tarun Kanti Mishra’s short story as The Descent. He is the founder of Rupantar, which is devoted to the cause of translation. Nayak was educated at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, and Oxford University. He teaches English literature to post graduate students of Utkal University at Bhubaneswar.

Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu is an Indian author of English fiction who has written six novels – The Opium Clerk (2001), The Miniaturist (2003), Racists (2006), The Yellow Emperor’s Cure (2011), Kalkatta (2015) and Sarojini’s Mother. He has also written a collection of short stories, The Japanese Wife (2008), the title story of which has been made into a film by the Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen. He has worked for an advertising agency, in freelance journalism, dabbled in filmmaking, and taught at Jadavpur University for a brief period of 16 months. He has taught at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from 1986–1999. His 13 years at McGill were interrupted only by a brief stint at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, in 1989. Since 1999, he has been teaching at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He has also written financial pieces for business publications such as Fast Company and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Malabika Ray

Malabika Ray is a senior academician, actor, lyricist and poet. A popular name in the culture and literary spheres of Odisha, she has been a lyricist with All India Radio (AIR), Cuttack and Doordarshan since 1965. She has penned lyrics for more than 300 songs and written several poems, short stories, essays and features. She has worked as a drama artiste for both AIR and Doordarshan. Her multifaceted career notwithstanding, she still nurtures her love for composing and writing music. She has acted in four Odia films, Nagaphasa, Anurag, Aparichita and Muhurta. The accomplished actor-lyricist is also a motivational speaker, frequently inspiring people with her talks.

Manu Dash

Manu Dash is a poet, editor, translator and cultural activist. He writes in Odia and in English. His works include two collections of poems and short stories, and four collections of essays. He has translated the works of Mahesh Dattani, Kedarnath Singh, Namita Gokhale, Udayan Vajpeyi and Uday Prakash. Wings Over the Mahanadi, an anthology of eight Odia poets writing in English, edited by him, was recently published by Poetrywala, Mumbai. He edits The Dhauli Review, a tri-quarterly of Indian writing, an Odia bi-monthly, Chera, and runs a publishing unit, Dhauli Books that publishes books in English including Indian languages.

Meghnad Desai

Meghnad Desai, Baron Desai, is a British economist and Labour politician. He is the Chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Advisory Board, an independent membership-driven research network that focuses on global policy and investment themes for off-the-record public and private sector engagement and analysis. He is the current Chairman of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, a post-graduation institute in Mumbai. His first book was Marxian Economic Theory in 1973 followed by Applied Econometrics in 1976. He wrote Testing Monetarism, a critique of monetarism, in 1981. Desai has written extensively, publishing over 200 articles in academic journals. A selection of his academic papers was published in two volumes as The Selected Essays of Meghnad Desai. His other notable books are Marx’s Revenge: The Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism, Rethinking Islamism: Ideology of the New TerrorThe Route to All Evil: The Political Economy of Ezra Pound, a novel Dead on Time, and The Rediscovery of India. His biography of Indian film star Dilip Kumar titled Nehru’s Hero: Dilip Kumar in the life of India is the one he describes as his “greatest achievement”. 

Namita Devidayal

Namita Devidayal is a journalist with The Times of India and Co-Director of the Times Litfest. She has written three books — The Music Room, Aftertaste, and The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan. The Music Room was a winner of the 2008 Vodafone Crossword Popular Book Award, and was named an Outlook book of 2007. Namita graduated from Princeton University. She lives in Mumbai.

Nandini Murali

Dr. Nandini Murali is an author, communications professional, and suicide prevention activist. She has authored three books – two non-fiction and one novel and has recently translated noted Tamil writer Perumal Murugan’s book, Amma, into English along with Kavitha Muralidharan.

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut in 2008 with Firaaq, which won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. She was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum. She was selected as a World Yale Fellow in 2014. She has been the face of the campaign against colour bias called, ‘Dark Is Beautiful’, and recently, ‘India’s Got Colour’. Manto was Nandita’s second directorial venture. It premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and has won her much appreciation from critics and audiences. Manto continues to stream on Netflix.

Panchami Manoo Ukil

Panchami Manoo Ukil is a Bhubaneswar-based birdwatcher and bird-photographer who pioneered community birdwatching in Odisha in 2012 with her group The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks (TBBW). She writes regularly for several magazines and journals including Sanctuary Asia and Indian Birds. She was featured in Discovery Channels’s programme on Odisha. She was the only woman from Odisha to be featured in Sanctuary Asia’s special edition on “Women in our Wilds”. She works with school children through awareness camps and bird walks in order to foster love for outdoors in young minds so that they move away from cooped-up lifestyles dictated by hypnosis of gadgetry. Panchami is the granddaughter of eminent Odia poetess Nirmala Devi. She recently published all the works of Nirmala Devi under the title Nirmala Devi Kabita Samagra which is edited by writer and poet Ratnamala Swain. She is now translating Nirmala Devi’s poems into English. Panchami is Executive Trustee of The Wisdom Tree Global School, Bhubaneswar and Chairperson of Ila Panda Centre for Arts.

Paramita Satpathy Tripathy

Paramita Satpathy Tripathy is an influential voice in Odia literature. So far seven story collections, two novels and one novella have been published to her credit. Her works have been extensively translated to other Indian languages and books have been published in English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi languages. Among many awards and felicitations, Paramita has received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016 for Prapti, her collection of novellas. She joined Indian Revenue Service in 1989 and is presently working as Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi.

Perumal Murugan

Perumal Murugan is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in Tamil. Three of his novels have been translated into English: Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize in 2005, Current Show and One Part Woman. He was a professor of Tamil at the Government Arts College in Namakkal before taking to writing full-time.

Prakash C. Sarangi

Prakash C. Sarangi is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad. He worked at the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi as a Senior Academic Consultant during 2012-14. He was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of International Affairs at the University of Hyderabad during 2009-10. He holds an MA from Delhi University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (USA). He has been teaching since 1975 and became a Professor in 1998. He was on the faculty of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and was an Academic Fellow at the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad before joining the University of Hyderabad in 1987. Prof. Sarangi’s academic interests revolve around Democratic Theory and Practice. His current research is on India’s Political Economy and its impact on democratic politics and institutions.

Priya Malik

Priya Malik is an actress, columnist, TV personality, a teacher, spoken word poet, a storyteller but most important, a writer/performer whose recent viral work 2019 main 1999 is a testimony to her distinct voice. Her work has been featured on some of India’s biggest spoken word platforms such as Kommune, UnErase Poetry, Spill Poetry, Amazon Prime and Tape A Tale. Priya has also hosted the first spoken word poetry show on national television called Uncensored News With Priya for TV9 Bharatvarsh delivering current affairs (political and social issues) in a poetic format. She’s also a part of an all-female theatre play called Selfie and is currently awaiting the release of her first film Sheer Qorma based on LGBTQIA issues with Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar and Divya Dutta. Priya’s first book with Harper Collins is all set to release early next year. 

Rosie Garland

Rosie Garland is a novelist, short story writer, poet and singer with post-punk band The March Violets who has been tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her works have appeared in Under the Radar, The North, Spelk, Rialto, Mslexia and elsewhere. Her debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, was nominated for both The Desmond Elliott and Polari First Book Prize. Her latest novel, The Night Brother, is described by The Times as “a delight: playful and exuberant… with shades of Angela Carter.” In 2019, Val McDermid named her as one of the Top 10 LGBTQ writers in the UK today.

Ruben Banerjee

Ruben Banerjee is an author, editor and journalist with stints in Hindustan Times, Al Jazeera, India Today and Indian Express before joining Outlook as Editor. His book on Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was published in July 2018. 

S.N. Sahu

S.N. Sahu served late K.R. Narayanan, President of India, as Officer on Special Duty and Press Secretary between 1997 and 2002, and had a tenure as Director in the PMO when Dr. Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister between July 2004 and December 2009. He has served Parliament in various capacities including Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. Author of several articles on diverse subjects, he has written articles on Mahatma Gandhi and brought out the enduring significance of the Mahatma’s ideals to address contemporary issues such as global warming, health, sustainable development, and so on. Currently, he is a guest faculty in several universities including National Law University, Delhi, where he teaches LLM and LLB students.

Sampad Patnaik

Sampad Patnaik is an Assistant Editor with the Indian Express Group and writes principally for the Delhi edition of the paper. Sampad covers Odisha and its politics, governance, economics, mining, environment and court judgments among other issues. Sampad has studied Politics, Economics and History at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge where he researched ‘Caste and Capitalism in Tirupur’s Informal Economy’ and ‘Politics of Odisha in a Comparative Framework’. He has spent the first couple of decades of his life in Cuttack. After a span of seven years, which included stints with Reuters, PRS Delhi and the UK, he has returned to his home state to present it on a national platform. Sampad’s interests include reading and watching content from diverse sources. He passionately follows national and US politics alongside Odisha. He has vague plans to return to making documentaries – his last project on sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra was screened in 2013 at BIOFACH World Organic Food Festival in Germany, 

Sandhya Gokhale

Sandhya Gokhale is a screenplay writer and actor. A lawyer by profession who practised in the USA for about 10 years, Gokhale shifted to India to follow her keen interest in writing and the performing arts.

Sathya Saran

Sathya Saran is one of India’s best-known journalists and editors. As editor, she made Femina the most successful fashion and lifestyle magazine in India. She is author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling biography Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi’s Journey. She is currently working on a number of books in her capacity as consulting editor with a leading publishing house.

Satyarth Nayak

Satyarth Nayak is an author and screenwriter based in Mumbai. A former SAARC Literary award-winning correspondent with CNN-IBN, Delhi, he holds a master’s in English literature from St Stephen’s, New Delhi. Satyarth’s debut novel, The Emperor’s Riddles, released in 2014 and became a bestselling historical thriller, earning comparisons with Dan Brown. His short stories have won the British Council Award and appeared in Sudha Murty’s Penguin anthology Something Happened on the Way to Heaven. Satyarth has also scripted Sony’s epic show Porus, touted as India’s biggest historical TV series. A regular speaker at various literature festivals, he has been named as one of the Top 51 authors to follow on Facebook. Satyarth is currently writing a fantasy web series for Amazon Prime, working on books on Indian mythology and exploring scripts in Bollywood. A self-confessed cinephile, this is his first non-fiction book.

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is executive editor with Penguin India. He has edited some of India’s best-known authors like Gulzar, Kiran Nagarkar, Manu Joseph and Anita Nair, among others. He has also commissioned and published a number of books on cinema which have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI Award for Best Writing on Cinema and which have been best-sellers. He is also the author of two books: Whims, a book of poems, and Icons from Bollywood.

Sindhubala Choudhury

Sindhubala Choudhury is the translator of Chandrahas Choudhury’s novel Arzee the Dwarf, published in Odia in 2019 by Dhauli Books as Bamana Arzee. She did her MA in Labour Welfare from Kendrapada College, and served for Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for more than three decades, finally retiring as Executive Director. She is also Chandrahas’s mother.

Sitakant Mahapatra

Sitakant Mahapatra is an eminent Indian poet and literary critic in Odia as well as English. He was in the Indian Administrative Service since 1961 until retiring in 1995, and has held ex-officio posts such as the Chairman of National Book Trust, New Delhi since then.

Subodh Patnaik

Subodh Patnaik is an Indian theatre director and playwright from Odisha. He is the founder of Bhubaneswar-based theatre group Natya Chetana and theatre village ‘Natya Grama’. Patnaik is the only theatre personality from Odisha to tour all the continents. He has formed Natya Chetana, a theatre group consisting of total of 25 artistes. His play Sindhi premiered in 9 June 2016 in Kalikasthan, Achham at Nepal. 

Sucheta Mishra

Sucheta Mishra is an eminent Odia poet, story writer, novelist and translator. She has 8 poetry collections, 3 novels, one collection of essays and 1 short story collections in Odia to her credit. She has translated the novels of Punjabi writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana, and the poetry collection of Hindi poet Ramesh Chandra Saha into Odia. She is the recipient of the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award, Gangadhar Foundation Award, Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award, among others. She is presently engaged as an Assistant Teacher in Convent School, Puri.

Sumanyu Satpathy

Dr. Sumanyu Satpathy is an academician who is now associated with KR Mangalam University as Professor of Eminence and has been Head of the Department of English, University of Delhi. He has taught for nearly two decades at the post-graduate department of English at the University of Delhi. He has taught in the tribal areas of Mayurbhanj and Meghalaya. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Granada, Spain, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany and many others. He was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shimla. Besides his teaching, research and publishing, he has also been a member of several administrative and decision-making bodies. His core specialisation is in the area of Anglophone and vernacular modernism and more recently, in post-colonialism.

Tanaya Patnaik

Tanaya Patnaik is the Executive Director of the Sambad Group where she heads the Radio, Television and Internet business. She studied management from Warwick Business School and is passionate about new media, food and travel.


Sourendro Mullick and Soumyojit Das comprise the musical duo “You & I”, which has been performing together for a decade now. They have directed the music for the version of the Indian National Anthem, titled Jaya Hey. Their versions of Rabindranath Tagore’s compositions make up their album Tagore & We with noted German singer/composer Stefan Stoppok. They have collaborated with AparnaSen, RituparnoGhosh and Sharmila Tagore on stage productions. They host the World Music Day, Kolkata Chapter, every year. Recently, they debuted as Music Directors in director Sanjoy Nag’s Parapaar. Their Broadway style musicals Mahabharata and Bombay Meri Jaan got them great accolades.


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