FOUNDER & PROJECT COORDINATOR
Maalan V. Narayanan is a writer by choice and a journalist by profession. He is awarded the coveted ‘Krititva Samagra Samman’ of Bharatiya Basha Parishad in 2018. He is also a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow of Singapore, the first and the only Indian to receive that honour. He is a member of the General Council of Sahitya Akademi.
He is the founder of Thisaigal (www.thisaigal.in) an online resource for Tamil literature
He graduated from Madurai University, Tamilnadu and later pursued his higher studies in journalism at University of Florida, Gainesville, US.
He has 20 titles to his credit, some of which have won awards and many of them are being discussed in university classrooms of contemporary writing. His poems have found a place in the anthology of protest poetry, Voices of Emergency, compiled by Prof. John Oliver Perry of Tufts University, USA and in the Anthology of Tamil poetry by Sahitya Academy of India.
Some of his stories were translated into Chinese, Malay, French English and in Indian languages and have appeared in the leading English and Indian Language magazines and in Anthologies.
He was guest of honour in many literary festivals such as Writers’ Week celebrations of Singapore, Festival of India-Malaysia, Read! Singapore and Boao Forum for Asia, China.
He is the convenor for Tamil Basha Samiti of Saraswathi Samman. He is a member of Commonwealth Journalist Association and South Asian Literary Association
He has served in the Senate of various universities and in advisory boards of Sahitya Akademi, National Book Trust, Editorial Board of Translations Today (CIIL) and other academic/literary bodies.
Dr.PRANAB JYOTI NAZARY
Dr. Pranab Jyoti Narzary is an Assistant Professor (Sr.) of Bodo in Pandu College affiliated to Gauhati University. He writes poems and critical essays in Bodo. Besides he translates from Indian languages to Bodo through English. He has published four books to his credit. His published books are Critical Essays on Bodo Literature, (Published by Assam State Institute of Research for ST & SC, 2015), Sagan, a collection of Modern Bodo Poetry (Jointly edited with Prof. Anjali Daimari, Published by, Sahitya Akademi, 2012), Agan, Jointly translated Bodo Short Stories into English with Prof. Anjali Daimari. (Published by Sahitya Akademi, 2011). He was Chief Editor of a Research Journal Phwrwnglai (Published by Bodo Department Teachers’Association)
Professor Siddalingaiah is an eminent Kannada poet and playwright. He is credited with starting the Dalit-Bandaya movement in Kannada and with starting the genre of Dalit writing. He was a former member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly He has been head of the Department of Kannada at Bangalore University and a member of the University Syndicate of Kannada University, Hampi.
PAYYANUR RAMESH PAI
Payyanur Ramesh Pai is a multilingual poet, author and a translator. He writes in almost all genres in Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada and in English. He has edited several anthologies in these languages. His most popular work is an anthology of 14 Konkani short stories translated into Malayalam – “Konkani Kathakal” published. by Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Thrissur which has seen several editions. He has authored a Monograph in English on Sahitya Kusalan M. Seshagiri Prabhu, the grammarian and scholar. He has participated in many seminars and led discussions in many literary forums
He is honoured by many renowned literary organisations including Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi for his contribution to Konkani literature. He is a member of General Council of Sahitya Akademi
Dr.PREM MOHAN MISHRA
Professor Prem Mohan Mishra is an eminent author in Maithili and is a recipient of Baal Sahitya Puraskaar of Sahitya Akademi. He is a member of the Executive Board of Sahitya Akademi and is the convenor for the Maithili language. He has served in the Editorial Boards of various channels. He pioneered the inclusion of Maithili language in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution. He is currently Director, Institute of Foreign Languages, L N Mithila University, Darbhanga, Bihar
Professor Mishra is an internationally recognised eminent scientist in the field of Chemistry. He has presented many research papers in International seminars and has guided many students in their research for PhD, He was invited to the United States under Scientist Visit and has visited many universities there.
P.K.N.Panicker is an eminent bilingual writer and poet who writes in Malayalam and English and he has published four anthologies in English and two in Malayalam. He is also a renowned translator and has translated eminent Malayalam poets, Ayyappan, Vailoppilli, P.Kunhiraman Nair and Akkitham. Mr. Panicker’s other interest is folklore. He has translated and retold into Malayalam more than 100 folktales from different parts of the world.
He is a Chemical Engineer by profession and has earned many laurels in that arena too. He has published several technical articles in prestigious publications including Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design. He was former president of The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
Nongmaithem Kirankumar is a well-known poet and a critic in Manipuri. He is also a translator and a columnist contributing to Manipuri magazines. More than 100 songs, written by him, were recorded in albums and were in the broadcast by Doordarshan. He has 3 poetry collections to his credit.
He is a patron member of Manipuri Literary Society and Life Member of the Cultural Forum Manipur.
He is the Convenor for Manipuri language in Sahitya Akademi and a member of its Executive Board
Dr.Namdev Tarachandani is a highly acclaimed critic in Sindi and is widely respected for his balanced criticism. He is also known for his new style and for his remarkable ability to handle almost every genre of literature. He is a celebrated poet and some of his poems have appeared in translation in India and abroad. He is one of the important fiction writers in Sindhi.
He was awarded central Sahitya Akademi Award for his long poem Manush Nagri in 2013. He is also a recipient of Sindhi Sahitya Academy’s Sahityakar Gaurav Puraskar in 2009
Vasireddy Naveen born on 23rd May 1954 in a remote village of Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. He started his career as an activist in rationalist movement and film society activities. His literary career is started in 1978 by writing short stories. He was the General Secretary of Jana Sahiti a literary organisation between 1980 and 1990. In the same period, he was editing a literary magazine called ‘Praja Sahiti’. While editing the magazine he wrote several articles on literature especially on criticism and on short stories. He edited short story anthologies by the name ‘Telangana Porata Kathalu’ and ‘Telugu Katha 65-85’. From 1990 he is editing yearly anthologies of Telugu short story by name ‘Katha’. This is the 28th year of publication of such anthology. He was the judge for several short story competitions conducted by prominent Telugu magazines like Eenadu, Andhra Jyothy etc. He presented papers on Telugu short story, novel, criticism etc. in several seminars organised by Central Sahitya Akademi and other organisations. Visited USA, UK and Kuwait to give lectures and present papers on Telugu Literature.