Mita Kapur is a freelance journalist regularly featured in many newspapers and magazines. She covers social and developmental issues along with travel, food and lifestyle humor stories. She is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, a literary consultancy where she doubles up as a literary agent along with conceptualizing and directing literary events. Her first book, The F-Word has been published by HarperCollins.
Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Her works include Paro: Dreams of Passion, A Himalayan Love Story, Mountain Echoes: Reminiscences of Kumaoni Women, Gods, Graves, and Grandmother, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: The Play of Memory, The Puffin Mahabharata, The Book of Shiva and Priya: In Incredible Indyaa. Her latest book, The Habit Of Love was released in January, 2012. Founder director for Siyahi’s Translating Bharat conferences, Namita is the co-director of Mountain Echoes Literary Festival.
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 a two hundred books in Hindi, Urdu and Marathi.
Jaya Bhattacharji is an Editorial Consultant for Puffin. She has also worked as the Commissioning Editor and Marketing, Promotions and Publicity Director for Zubaan. She has also been a Guest Editor for Folklife, a quarterly for the National Folklore Centre as well as the Children and Young Adult Books Special of The Book Review.
Pramod Kumar KG
Pramod Kumar KG is the Managing Director of Eka Cultural Resources & Research, a museum consulting company in New Delhi. He also set up the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing at Jaipur and was its founder director. He was the first director of the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2006 and is currently the consulting editor from India for the Textiles Asia Journal. 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, the King of Bhutan. His book on royal photographic portraiture in India was released in 2011. Pramod is also the co-director of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival. His book, Posing for Posterity: Royal Indian Portraits was launched in May 2012.
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.
Mainá Loureiro Ferreira
Mainá studied Communication & Advertising in Brazil and in her five years at university learned that she wanted nothing to do with it. Her true passion is storytelling. She reads as often as she possibly can, to the detriment of her social life and writes from time to time. At Siyahi, she evaluates and edits manuscripts, helps coordinate agency affairs and attempts to learn Hindi. Her spare time is spent traveling and in keeping up with YouTube.
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