Mita Kapur is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy. She also conceptualises and produces literary festivals and events. Her first book, The F-Word, is a food book, memoir and travelogue. She has edited Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food, an anthology of essays on food. As a freelance journalist, she writes regularly for different newspapers and magazines on social and development issues along with travel, food and lifestyle.
Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She has written twelve books including several works of fiction. Her novels include Paro: Dreams of Passion, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, and Priya, a sequel to Paro. Gokhale has also worked extensively with Indian myth, having written The Book of Shiva, retold the Mahabharata for young readers, and co-edited In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology. Her book of oral biographies, Mountain Echoes: Reminiscences of Kumaoni Women has been reissued in an updated edition. A founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, she is committed to translating and showcasing the best of Indian literature, and engaging the vibrant South-Asian languages in dialogue.
Director – Languages
Neeta Gupta is a publisher at Yatra Books. Besides translating and contributing to various magazines, she has been the editor of Bhartiya Anuvad Parishad’s quarterly journal on translation, Anuvaad. Yatra Books has been coordinating the Indian Languages Publishing Programme of Penguin Books India. They have published over two hundred books in Hindi, Urdu and Marathi.
Pramod Kumar KG
Pramod Kumar KG is the managing director of Eka Cultural Resources & Research, India’s only museum consulting company. He was the founder director of the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing at Jaipur and was the first director of the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2006. He curated the exhibition, Bhutan: An Eye To History at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi in 2009, which was inaugurated by His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan. Pramod is a co-director of the Mountain Echoes literary festival and the author of Posing for Posterity: Royal Indian Portraits.
Neerja Misra, a Fulbright Fellow, has been Head of the Department of English and Vice-Principal, Kanoria College, Jaipur. Currently, she is involved with Bodh, an NGO working for primary education. She has translated both prose and poetry from Hindi and Rajasthani and has edited a number of publications.
Aditi completed her PG in Event Management Advertising and Media from National Institute of Event Management, Mumbai. She has been a part of Siyahi since its inception and handles logistics for Siyahi events. She also manages Public Relations and Human Resources for the organization. Aditi is a keen photographer and an ardent traveler.
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Creative Communications Manager
Juhi has done her bachelors in Business Studies and her post-graduation diploma in Advertising and Public Relations. With sharp marketing skills, at Siyahi she takes care of promotions and PR for our authors, helps coordinate events, manages the social media and the website.
Urvi has completed her engineering in Computer Science from MIT, Manipal and is very glad to be done with it. With a need to organize everything she comes across into color coded spreadsheets, at Siyahi she liaisons with authors and publishers; handles contracts and accounts, helps with logistics and operations for Siyahi events, manages the websites, and assesses manuscripts in the meagre free time she has left.
Rukma completed her Integrated Masters in English Studies with a minor in Development Policy from IIT Madras. At Siyahi, she edits and assesses manuscripts, liaisons with authors and publishers and handles contracts and accounts, while consuming unhealthy amounts of coffee.
Jyotsna believes that everything is better in books. She is capable of staying silent for long periods, and when she does speak, it is mostly to gush about a book. With a murky past involving microbiology and journalism, she now edits and assesses manuscripts for Siyahi.