E-103 - Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2016

E-103 - Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2016
Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2016


Saturday, February 06 2016 - Sunday, February 14 2016

10.00am to 10.00pm


1)Seminar Room, Chhatrapti Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda Art District, Mumbai 400001. 2)David Sassion Library, 152, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Library Marg, Fort, Opposite Jehangir Art Gallery, Off David Circle Road, Kalaghoda, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001


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Ranjit Hoskote, Abha Narain Lambah, Aditya Arya, Admiral TCA Raghavan, Alan Teller, Alka Pande, Amit Chaudhuri, Amrita Chowdhury, Antoine Lewis, Arati Desai, Arshiya Lokhandwala, Asmita Mohite, Bina Sarkar, Dilip D'souza, Elizabeth Pisani, Gita Hariharan, James Crabtree, Jerri Zbiral, Kabir Khan, Karishma Attari, Kiran Manral, Manjeet Kriplani, Mark Anthony Jarman, Meghna Pant, Molly Crabapple, Mustansir Dalvi, Omar Musa, Quasar Thakore Padamsee, Raghu Karnad, Rahul Akerkar, Sanjna Kapoor, Sharmistha Ray, Sherna Khambhatta, Sidharth Bhatia, Sifra Lentin, Sunil Vysyaprath, Vibha Kamath Dsouza, Vijay Crishna, Vir Sanghvi




Panel discussions and Salons will be articulated via three main categories, namely ‘Urgencies’, ‘Culturescapes’ and ‘Cities in Transition’, including topics like ‘Art and #WWW3’ with Molly Crabapple,‘Navigating Diaspora and Cultural Identity’ with Kazim Ali, ‘Heathy Nations’ with Elisabeth Pisani, and ‘Family Ties’ with Raghu Karnad among others.
The literature schedule is live on the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival website and can be viewed via the link -

Bookstallation is a unique community driven Art Installation in the DSL gardens, Book Drive and Pop-up Library that invites festival-goers to read books donated by the public and the authors attending the festival.This makeshift library installation is a project of the people, for the people and by the people and aims to make reading a community activity. After the festival the books will be donated to the David Sassoon Library, underprivileged schools and NGOs

#SassoonLegacy is a graphic illustration lining the corridor of the David Sassoon Library. It is a mapping of the David Sassoon’s legacy, his love of books and the great lengths he took to amass his collection that has lead to the careful and comprehensive curation of the literature section today.

#VoiceVirus is a series of Tweet-chats that will feature live sessions with select festival speakers during the week leading up to the festival, namely Monday 1st February to Friday, 5th February to create pre-event buzz and give Mumbai fans and followers the chance to interact with the authors.

Author’s Corner @ Serafina on Rampart Row is a cosy nook in the heart of the festival where panelists and speakers can relax & catch up with colleagues over a cup of tea or coffee and can be used as a venue for interviews and meetings.

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    Ranjit Hostoke is a cultural theorist, curator and poet. He is the co- curator of the Literature section of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), Atul Dodiya (Prestel, 2014). Hoskote has translated the poetry of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). With Nancy Adajania, he is co-author of The Dialogues Series (Popular, 2011), an unfolding programme of conversations with artists. With Maria Hlavajova, he is editor of Future Publics: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art. Since 1993, Hoskote has curated 30 exhibitions of contemporary art. Hoskote co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim (2008) and was curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011)

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    The principal Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect with a masters degree in architectural conservation from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. She has been awarded the Sanskriti Award, Eisenhower Fellowship, the Attingham Trust Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship, wherein she undertook intensive training in conservation techniques. She has authored various books on architecture and has been a consultant to ICCROM, UNITAR, World Monuments Fund, Global Heritage Fund and Archaeological Survey of India.

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    Aditya Arya is an Indian photographer. He is also known for collecting, curating and archiving rare collections of photographs through the Aditya Arya Archive and the India Photo Archive Foundation of which he is the chairmanperson and trustee. He is known for curating the Kulwant Roy collection. His own photographic ventures include works within India in areas like Nagaland, Leh, Ladakh, Jaipur, Bihar etc. and outside India like in Germany. He is also teaches at Academy for Photographic Excellence or APEX in Delhi. Aditya Arya has had exhibitions India and abroad. Aditya Arya is one of the leading photographers in Project 365, a public photo art project initiated by EtP that creates and preserves photographic visuals of the fast changing an-cient culture and lifestyle of Tiruvannamalai, an ancient town in Tamil Nadu

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    TCA Raghavan is an Indian diplomat. Raghavan is a 1982 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service. He has considerable experience in dealing with Pakistan, including heading the Joint Secretary the Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in Pakistan Afghanistan and Iran (PAI) division.From June 6, 2013 till his retirement on December 31, 2015 Raghavan was High Commissioner (Commonwealth) of India to Pakistan. TCA Raghavan holds a PhD in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Raghavan was the Indian high commissioner to Singapore till June 2013. After that, Raghavan was appointed high commissioner of India to Pakistan. Earlier, Raghavan was deputy high commissioner in Islamabad (2003-2007).His previous overseas postings include United Kingdom (1995-1998), Bhutan (1992-1995) and Kuwait (1983-1986)

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    Alan Teller is a second-generation photographer who began making pictures as a child. He studied photography at Indiana University while pursuing a PhD in anthropology. Mr. Teller's Fulbright project aims to address the mystery of a collection of photographs from India made in 1945 by an unknown US soldier and to create new art works inspired by these portraits, temples and ethnographic studies. Collaborating with Jerri Zbiral, he hopes to locate featured sites; develop partnerships with Indian artists and institutions; encourage mutual understanding through discussions on heritage, development and representation; make both new and old work available; create an on-line exhibit and related lectures both in India and the US; and work towards a traveling exhibit and catalogue

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    Dr. Alka Pande is Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat  Centre in New Delhi. She holds a Post-Doctoral degree in Critical Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, under the aegis of the Charles Wallace India Trust Award, apart from an MA and PhD in History of Art from Punjab University, and an MA in History from Mumbai University. A recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters – from the French Government, she has authored several significant books on art and art history, among which Ardhanarishvara the Androgyne, Masterpieces of Indian Art, Indian Erotica, From Mustard Fields to Disco Lights and Shringara: The Many Faces of Indian Beauty. Dr. Pande has also curated some landmark exhibitions in India and abroad. Of especial note in 2015 was the exhibition entitled Kama Sutra: Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art at the Pinacothèque in Paris. She is the guest curator of the Sculpture Gallery at the City Palace Museum, Udaipur. She is also the artistic director of the India Habitat Centre’s Photosphere, an interface between art and sustainability. She serves as the curator for the Kanha Museum of Life and Arts.

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    Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962 and grew up in Bombay. He was a student at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay, took his first degree, in English, from University College London, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on D H Lawrence’s poetry at Balliol College, Oxford. He is married to Rosinka Chaudhuri, and they have one daughter, Aruna.
    He is the author of six novels, the latest of which is Odysseus Abroad. His first major work of non-fiction, Calcutta: Two Years in the City, was published in the UK and India in 2013. It was published by Knopf in the US in September 2013. His second book of essays, Telling Tales, was published in the UK in August 2013.

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    Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of 'Faking It', an art crime thriller and a stylish whodunit set in the world of fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
    She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon- Tepper Business School. Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication- something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing

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    Antoine Lewis is a food and wine writer from Mumbai, India. In the last 15 years he has eaten at and written about most of Mumbai’s restaurants. He is an adventurous eater who will try anything once.  He is particularly fond of carpaccio, pork chow mein, foie gras, Frankies, strong coffee, scrambled eggs, bhel puri. He loves Hoegaarden, Italian Pinot Grigio, Super Tuscans and reds from Puglia, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and Burgundy Chardonnays and, smoky Single Malts.  He doesn’t  have a sweet tooth, but loves kala jamuns, mishti doi and chenna payesh. He is an amateur gardener who grows chillies, tomatoes, bell peppers, basil and curry leaf in my balcony garden.

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    Arshiya Lokhandwala is an art historian, curator and founder of Lakeeren Art Gallery (1995–2003) in Mumbai, India. She completed her BA and MA in Sociology in 1986 and 1991 respectively. She is the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust award in 2001 for an MA in Creative Curating at Goldsmiths College, London. She was a participant at the Documenta 11 Education program in Kassel in 2002, under the artistic curator Okwui Enwezor. She is also a curatorial committee member of the Arts Pension Trust. Lokhandwala curated Rites/Rights/Rewrites: Women’s Video Art, which traveled to Cornell University, Duke University, and Rutgers University from 2003–06. She is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Art department at Cornell University, under Salah Hassan, and writes on the globalization of art, feminism, performance art and new media

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    Asmita Mohite is the Marathi editor for Popular Prakashan and handles th Maratho section for Literature at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

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    Bina Sarkar Ellias is Editor, Designer and Publisher of International Gallerie, a global arts and ideas journal founded by her in 1997. In 1984, Bina Sarkar Ellias co-founded the advertising agency "Nucleus", with Rafeeq Ellias and worked for 12 years as its Creative Director. In 1997, she founded International Gallerie, a bi-annual arts and ideas magazine that she edits, designs and publishes. In recognition of her efforts she has been awarded a Woman Achiever's award by FICCI/FLO 2013, Woman Achiever of the year by TimesGroup & ITC, in 2008  and a Fellowship from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program and Japan Foundation for research and development of the project: Unity in Diversity: Envisioning Community Building in Asia and Beyond, Tokyo, in 2007  in recognition of her work in encouraging knowledge, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. She has also been recipient of the Prince Claus Awards.Ellias has been invited to speak at various venues, chaired the New Moves Festival discussion with 10 Asian women artists in Glasgow as well as other fora in London, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Teheran, Dacca, Lahore, Karachi, Delhi, Santiniketan, Kolkata and Mumbai. Ellias began early in life as a freelance writer to Desmond Doig's Junior Statesman, and was employed as assistant editor to T.M. Ramachandran of Film World, soon after her graduation with English literature from the renowned Scottish Church College, of the University of Calcutta. She went on to be a sub editor at Eve's Weekly, following which she contributed articles for The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Hindu and the Hindustan Times through the years. She taught herself graphic design and has been invited by artists, galleries, photographers and a poet to design their books and catalogues. To date, she has designed and edited, Fifty Years of Contemporary Indian Art, 1997, for the Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts, Mumbai, 1997 She has designed artist Jehangir Sabavala's catalogue for the 2002 show in Mumbai, Delhi and New York, artist Rekha Rodwittiya's catalogue, 2003 and recently in 2007, for shows in New York, Crossing Generations: diverge, the fortieth anniversary catalogue for Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 2004, and a book on artist Tyeb Mehta, Svaraj by Ramchandra Gandhi,. She has designed, edited and published an art book, Chinthala Jagdish:Unmasked, 2004, and The Curious World of Chinthala Jagdish, 2008, a book of poems, Rain, for Indian poet Sudeep Sen, 2005, Ayesha Taleyarkhan’s book of photographs:, Bombay Mumbai, 2005, etc. Ellias has curated five art shows: ‘Rain’ at Sakshi Art Gallery, Bombay,Kashmir’ at Tao Art Gallery, Bombay,  ‘The Curious World of Chinthala Jagdish, a show of the Hyderabad artist and his whimsical art works. A poet, her chapbook of poems, 'The Room' has been published by AarkArts, UK, besides having appeared in various magazines, anthologies and online poetry sites.

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    Dilip D’Souza is an award-winning writer and journalist, who writes about themes like development, nationalism, science, poverty, as well as travel and mathematics. His writing is fueled by travel, for he believes he must know and understand, first-hand, the issues he writes about. He searches for the small stories that hold larger lessons, because it’s in telling those stories that his writing is most effective. He has won several awards for his writing, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award, the Outlook / Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek / Daily Beast South Asia Commentary Prize. He has published four books, a monograph of essays on patriotism, and has contributed to a number of anthologies. His most recent book is "Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar".

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    For years, Dr. Elizabeth Pisani answered that annoying "So what do YOU do?" question with: "Sex and drugs". At the time, she was an epidemiologist, working to understand how to prevent HIV among transgender sex workers in Indonesia, drug injectors in Vietnam, gay men in the clubs of Beijing. In the process she learned that public health was one part science, nine parts other stuff -- politics mostly, but also money, culture, religion. Her account of the underbelly of the AIDS industry, The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS, was published in 2008 and her TED Talk about risk-taking has been watched over a million times. More recently, she's reverted to an earlier passion, Indonesia, a country of glorious diversity, overwhelming tolerance and unshakeable corruption. Her second book, Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation, was voted a 2014 Book of the Year by The Wall Street Journal (Top 10 Non-fiction), The Financial Times (Top 5 Travel) and The Economist (Top 10 Politics and International Affairs). It pleases Elizabeth that the reviewers can't decide which box to put her in.

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    Githa Hariharan's published work includes novels, short stories, essays, newspaper articles and columns. Her first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night (1992) won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book in 1993. Her other novels include The Ghosts of Vasu Master(1994), When Dreams Travel (1999), In Times of Siege(2003), and Fugitive Histories (2009). A collection of highly acclaimed short stories, The Art of Dying, was published in 1993, and a book of stories for children, The Winning Team, in 2004. She edited a volume of stories in English translation from four major South Indian languages, A Southern Harvest (1993); and co-edited a collection of stories for children, Sorry, Best Friend! (1997). Hariharan also edited and contributed to a collection of essays entitled From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity(LeftWord, 2014).
    Her new book is a collection of her own essays, Almost Home: Cities and Other Places (HarperCollins India, 2014). For more on this Delhi-based author and her work, visit www.githahariharan.com

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    James Crabtree is the Mumbai correspondent at Financial Times. Before joining the FT, James Crabtree was Deputy Editor at Prospect, Britain’s leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas. Prior to returning to journalism, he worked as a policy advisor in the U.K. Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and for various research institutes in Britain and America. He also spent a number of years living in the U.S., initially as a Fulbright Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  • Jerri Zbiral.jpg

    Jerri Zbiral is a filmmaker, photographer, and activist. Born Jaroslava Irena Zbíralová in Prague in the former Czechoslovakia in 1948, Zbiral is the child of a survivor of the Lidice massacre of 1942, in which a Bohemian village was razed by Nazi troops in retaliation for the assassination of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. Jerri completed an MFA at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, in 1974. Since the 1970s, she has been active in establishing a number of photography-related programs on Chicago's west side. Since 1976 she and Allen Teller have operated The Collected Image, a firm dealing American and European vintage and contemporary photographs to museums and collectors.

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    Kabir Khan is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He started his career working in documentary films, and then made his feature film directorial debut in 2006 with Kabul Express which was followed by New York (2009), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Phantom (2015). His current most-successful film is Bajrangi Bhaijaan, being the second highest-grossing Indian movie globally. Khan started his career at age 25 as a cinematographer for the Discovery Channel documentary film Beyond the Himalayas (1996) directed by Gautam Ghosh. He then made his own directorial debut with the documentary [The Forgotten Army] (1999) based on Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army. He then directed two more documentaries before shifting his focus to mainstream cinema

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    Karishma Attari reviews books, is a published poet, and has a background in theatre, journalism, and advertising. A student of Literature she graduated top of
    her batch from St Xavier’s College, and won the Vice Chancellor’s Award at the Masters in English from the University of Mumbai. Her debut novel I SEE YOU, a supernatural mystery set in Mumbai, was published this year by Penguin Books She is currently working on its sequel titled DON’T LOOK DOWN and a comic novel called THE WANT DIARIES. I SEE YOU has been optioned for its film rights. She runs Shakespeare for Dummies, a workshop series for everyday adults and The Super Readers Club, a writing program for children.

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    Kiran Manral was a journalist before she quit to be a full time mommy. An erstwhile blogger, both her blogs were considered amongst India's top blogs and she was a Tehelka blogger columnist on gender issues. She is currently a senior consultant with a qualitative market research company. Her previous books include The Reluctant Detective (Westland, 2011), Once Upon A Crush (Leadstart, 2014), (All Aboard, Penguin, 2015) and Karmic Kids: The Story of Parenting Nobody Told You (Hay House, 2015). The Face at the Window (Amaryllis, Feb 2016) will be her fifth book. She is on the planning board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, a mentor with Sheroes and is an advisor on the Board of Literature Studio, Delhi. She lives in Mumbai. 

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    Manjeet Kripalani is the co-founder of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, and acts as the executive director of the institution. Prior to the founding of Gateway House, Kripalani was India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine from 1996 to 2009. During her extensive career in journalism (Businessweek, Worth and Forbes magazines, New York), she has won several awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club and Daniel Pearl Awards.       Kripalani was the 2006-07 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, which inspired her to found Gateway House.<--break-> Her political career spans being the deputy press secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run in 1995-96 as Republican candidate for U.S. President in New Jersey, to being press secretary for the Lok Sabha campaign for independent candidate Meera Sanyal in 2008 and 2014 in Mumbai. Kripalani holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University (Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts in English and History) and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York. She is a member of the Asian advisory board of the International Centre for Journalists and the Overseas Press Club, and sits on the executive board of Gateway House, the Indian Liberal Group and Emancipaction, all of which are non-profit organizations.

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    Mark Anthony Jarman is the author of Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, My White Planet, 19 Knives, New Orleans Is Sinking, Dancing Nightly in the Tavern, and the travel book Ireland’s Eye. His novel,
    Salvage King Ya!, is on Amazon.ca’s list of 50 Essential Canadian Books and is the number one book on Amazon’s list of best hockey fiction.
    He has won a Gold National Magazine Award in nonfiction, has twice won the Maclean-Hunter Endowment Award, won the Jack Hodgins Fiction Prize, and has been included in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories and short-listed for the O. Henry Prize and Best American
    Essays. He has published in Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Vrij Nederland, and reviews for The Globe & Mail. He is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Yaddo fellow, has taught at the University of Victoria, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and now teaches at the University of New Brunswick, where he is fiction editor of The Fiddlehead literary journal.

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    Meghna Pant is an award-winning Indian author, journalist and TEDx Speaker. Her debut collection of short stories Happy Birthday (Random House India, 2013) was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Award 2014, the world's biggest short story prize. One And A Half Wife (Westland, 2012) – her debut novel – won the national Muse India Young Writer Award and was shortlisted for several other awards, including the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Meghna is also known for having abridged the world’s longest epic, The Mahabharata, into one hundred tweets that The Guardian (UK) quoted as ‘wonderfully descriptive and paced’. She has previously worked as a business news anchor with Times Now, NDTV and Bloomberg-UTV. Her short stories have been published in over a dozen international literary magazines, including Avatar Review, Wasafari, Eclectica and QLRS.  She has conducted several writing workshops in Mumbai, and attended several writing courses in New York, like Gotham Writing Workshop, Sackett Street, Winghill Writing School, Quality of Course, and YMCA Writer’s Voice

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    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was released by Harper Collins in December 2015. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art

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    He graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture, in 1986. He has post graduate qualifications in Architecture and Indian Aesthetics from the University of Mumbai. He is the present Chair of the Board of Studies in Architectural Education of the University of Mumbai and former Chairman Navi Mumbai Centre of the Indian Institute of Architects.  His research is published in 'New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions' (INTBAU), 'Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre'(UDRI), 'Quiet Conversations: the architecture of Kamu Iyer'(MPC/NCPA), 'Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern' (Marg), and is the au-thor of ‘The Romance of Red Stone: An Appreciation of Ornament on Islamic Architecture in India’ (Super Book House). He has also been published in many journals like Journal of the In-dian Institute of Architects, the Journal of the Indian Society for Technical Education, the Eco-nomic & Political Weekly, Indian Quarterly, Take on Art, Mint Lounge and Spade. He is currently a doctoral research scholar at the Industrial Design Centre of the IIT-Bombay. His research topic is tilted: “Buildings as Text: Developing a Semiotic of Bombay’s Art Deco Architecture (1920-1947)”

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    Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan,
    Australia. He has appeared on ABC's Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel “Here Come the Dogs” was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the International Dublin Literary Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

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    Quasar Thakore Padamsee (born 20 August 1978) is an Indian stage actor turned theatre director. Both his parents,  Alyque  Padamsee and Dolly Thakore, are renowned stage actors. His mother was a casting director for the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi in 1982. His father played the role of Jinnah in the same movie. He  started full-time theatre by starting his own theatre company called QTP (Q Theatre Productions), which is based in Mumbai. Since 1999, he has directed and produced over 20 plays with his theatre company, Q Theatre Productions. He also works as a stage manager and lighting designer for the theatre productions. He was also the Assistant Director of Tim Supple's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2013, he directed "So Many Socks" which was nominated for the META Awards. The play, written by Annie Zaidi, is inspired from a book of poems, Kora, written by Tibetan author-activist Tenzin Tsundue, which highlights the problems of Tibetans in exile.

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    Raghu Karnad is a journalist and the author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War. He has written for Granta, the International New York Times, the FT, n+1 andCaravan, and is a contributing editor at theWire.in. 

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    Rahul Akerkar began his culinary journey as a dishwasher in a small French bistro, while in college in the United States. He opened Indigo in 1999, which quickly drew critical acclaim as Mumbai’s finest stand-alone restaurant. In 2005, he went on to open ‘Indigo Delicatessen’, popularly known as the Indigo Deli - another first for Mumbai. Between 2005 and 2013, Rahul set up five chic Indigo Delis in Mumbai, and also Moveable Feast – a premier multi-cuisine catering company capable of servicing everything from small, elegant, sit-down, dinners to “the big fat Indian wedding” and large format events for many hundreds. Rahul simultaneously launched Tote on the Turf in 2009, a hub for gourmet Indian cuisine and sumptuous banquets, frequented by the who’s who of Mumbai. His reinterpretations of international cuisine have set unparalleled standards in India. Rahul was featured in Asiaweek’s Survey of “Kitchen Gods” in 2001, putting him onto an elite top-5 pedestal in Asia. 

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    Sanjana Kapoor is an Indian theatre personality and former Indian film actress, who has been running the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai since 1993.
    In her childhood, she attended the prestigious Bombay International School in Mumbai. She had a love for acting and frequented the Prithvi Theatre in Juhu. She appeared in Mira Nair's critically acclaimed film Salaam Bombay in 1988 and has since quit acting, and shifted her focus to theatre in 1990s, and soon she started managing the Prithvi Theatre, in Juhu, Mumbai. Meanwhile, she has also hosted, the 'Amul India Show' on the television for three and a half years. Now she also runs theatre workshops for children.
    She is a member of the famous Bollywood family, the Kapoors. She is the daughter of Jennifer Kendal and Shashi Kapoor, and granddaughter of Prithviraj Kapoor, who founded, Prithvi Theatres, as a travelling theatre company in 1944.