Kiran Nagarkar was born in Mumbai in 1942. He is an Indian novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. In addition to plays and screenplays, he has written six novels, establishing his reputation as an outstanding representative of contemporary Indian literature. His books are a target of ideological critique due to the hybrid nature of his version of postcolonialism, involving irreverence alongside seriousness.
Nagarkar was distinguished with the H.N. Apte Award for the best first novel, the renowned Sahitya Award and the Dalmia Award for the furtherance of communicative harmony through literature. He received a Rockefeller grant and was awarded a scholarship by the city of Munich.
We celebrate his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted far-reaching influence on our age.
Ms. Nayantara Sahgal is the author of 9 novels, 6 non-fiction works, a collection of short stories, and wide-ranging literary and political commentary. She has the Sinclair Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has held Fellowships in the United States at the Bunting
Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and the National Humanities Center. She has been Vice-President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, and has served as Chair (Eurasia) on the jury of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Leeds.
In 2009 she received Zee TV’s Awadh Samman. She lives in Dehra Dun and has been awarded the Doon Ratna.
Karthika V. K.
Karthika V.K is Publisher and Chief Editor, HarperCollins Publishers India. She started her career in publishing with Penguin Books India in 1996 after an M.Phil in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad. At HarperCollins India she publishes, among other writers, Advaita Kala, Amruta Patil, Anita Nair, Anuja Chauhan, Aravind Adiga, Manu Joseph, Radhika Jha, Rana Dasgupta, Sarnath Banerjee and Tarun Tejpal.
Meenal Baghel is the editor of India’s largest compact newspaper, Mumbai Mirror. In her career spanning 25 years, she has reported extensively from across the country, and has previously held senior positions at Mid Day and the Indian Express. Meenal is also the author of the critically acclaimed book of non-fiction, Death in Mumbai.
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