Satya Mohan Joshi Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Guest of Honour, Noted Writer

Om Thanvi is an acclaimed journalist and author currently serving as the founding vice-chancellor of Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jaipur (Rajasthan) He is holding additional charge of V-C, MDSU, Ajmer and V-C, Rajasthan State Skills University, Jaipur. He was born in the town of Phalodi in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan and…

Raj Shekhar is an Indian lyricist. He made his Bollywood debut as a lyricist with the 2011 film Tanu Weds Manu. He went on to write lyrics for other notable films including Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Tumbbad, Veere Di Wedding, Hichki and Uri: The Surgical Strike. He started his career as an assistant director to…

Prof. Shanker Thapa is a Professor and formerly Head of Department at the Central Department of History, Tribhuvan University. He is the First Dean at Lumbini Buddhist University He pursued MA in history (1980), Bachelor in Law (1990) and PG Diploma in Buddhist Studies (2000) from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu) and Ph. D. (1994) from Patna…

Piyush Mishra is an Indian film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter. His journey initiated with Hindi theatre after he graduated from National School of Drama, Delhi. As an artist, theatre, lyrics writing and singing brought him establishment and acclamation over the period. He rose to fame with movies like Maqbool, Gulaal,…

Kanak Mani Dixit, 66, is a writer and journalist as well as a civil rights and democracy activist. He is a campaigner for open urban spaces, and is also active in the conservation of built heritage. Dixit helped revive Nepal’s only public bus company and is involved in applying the concept of public transportation to…

Ashok Vajpeyi is a noted Hindi poet, critic, essayist and translator, and a dynamic presence in the Indian cultural scene. Writer, cultural activist and ex-civil servant, he has played a vital role in building numerous arts institutions. He is the author of thirty-eight books of poetry and criticism in Hindi and the founder/editor of eight…

Born in 1965, Dr. K. Sreenivasarao is the Secretary of Sahitya Akademi, India’s premier Institution of Letters since February 2013. He has been serving Sahitya Akademi for more than two and a half decades. Dr. Rao has Masters and Ph.D. degrees in English literature and he has served Sahitya Akademi in different capacities such as…

Sudhir Chandra, a historian, has been associated with universities and research institutions in different parts of the world. His English publications include Gandhi: An Impossible Possibility, The Oppressive Present: Literature and Social Consciousness in Colonial India (both Routledge), and Enslaved Daughters: Colonialism, Law and Women’s Rights (Oxford University Press, 1997). His Hindi publications are Hindu…

Arun Kumar, better known as Arun Kamal is a prolific poet of the contemporary era in modern Hindi literature with a progressive and ideological poetic style. Besides poetry, he has also written criticism and has done translations in Hindi. He was felicitated with the Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi in 1998. He has also been…