Board of Patrons

Waseem Barelvi

avatar_2Born on February 8th, 1940 in Bareily, Uttar Pradesh, Prof. Waseem Barelvi is one of the most renowned Urdu poets of India. An Urdu Literature masters from Agra University, he is currently the Vice Chairman, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, HRD Ministry, and Govt. of India.

Winner of several National and International awards, he has been published in scores of reputed literary magazines; both in India and overseas. His ghazals and nazms have been sung by prominent singers from Indian Film fraternity. A poet of various moods, he has published more than six collections of poetry in Urdu and two in Hindi.

Janab Waseem Barelvi is also the Chairman of the Board of Patrons

Munawwar Rana

avatar_10Munawwar Rana, born on Nov 26, 1952, hails from Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh though he spent most of his life in Kolkata. A Sahitya Akademi Awardee for Urdu Literature in 2014, his poetry is published in Urdu, Hindi, Bangla & Gurumukhi. He is famed for his skill of conducting himself at Mushairas. A remarkable highlight of his shayari is his use of the genre of ghazal to eulogize mother, which is exceptional, as ghazal is widely regarded as a poetic expression of lovers.

मुनव्वर, माँ के आगे यूँ कभी खुलकर नहीं रोना।
जहाँ बुनियाद हो इतनी नमी अच्छी नहीं होती।।

Some of his compositions are ‘Maa’, ‘Peepal Chaanv’, ‘Muhajirnama’, ‘Ghar Akela Ho Gaya’ and ‘Ghazal Gaon’.

Uday Prakash

मरने के बाद
कुछ नहीं सोचता |

मरने के बाद
कुछ नहीं बोलता |

कुछ नहीं सोचने
और कुछ नहीं बोलने पर
मर जाता है |

Uday Prakash, born January 1, 1952, is a Hindi poet, scholar, journalist, translator and short story writer. He has worked as an administrator, editor, researcher, and TV director. He writes for major dailies and periodicals as a free-lance writer. He has also received several awards including 2010 Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his collection of short stories, Mohan Das. Uday Prakash is known for the secular, liberal and pro Dalit and minorities’ outlook.

Sukrita Paul Kumar

avatar_13Sukrita Paul Kumar, born in Kenya, lives currently in Delhi, writing poetry and teaching literature. An Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa, Cambridge Seminars and a former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she was also an invited poet in residence at Hong Kong Baptist University. A recipient of many international fellowships, she is Honorary faculty at the Durrell Centre at Corfu (Greece). Her books of poems include Dream Catcher, Poems Come Home (with translations by Gulzar), Without Margins and Folds of Silence. Amongst others, Sukrita’s critical works include Narrating Partition. Her edited/co-edited books include Speaking for Herself: Asian Women’s Writings (Penguin) and Cultural Diversity in India (Macmillan India). She is also a translator and an artist.

Keki Daruwalla

avatar_9Keki N. Daruwalla (born 1937) is a major Indian poet and short story writer in English language. He has written over 12 books and published his first novel For Pepper and Christ in 2009. He is also a former Indian Police Service officer, who retired as Additional Director in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1984 for his poetry collection, The Keeper of the Dead, by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2014.

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