The first Philippine-India Literary Festival will be held on June 6-12, 2017. Several universities and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Intramuros Administration Office (IAO) are sponsoring various events. In Mindanao, the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) and Xavier University (XU) are the main sponsors for the Mindanao leg of the litfest. It will end at the Philippine High School for the Arts, National Art Center, Los Baños, Laguna.
The Writers from India
Pranesh Prasad is a novelist, legal scholar and columnist for The Huffington Post. He is currently working on his third novel ‘The Hidden Imam’ which explores gender, religious and caste inequalities and is set in India, Iran and New Zealand. His previous works include the novels ‘The Ultimate Laugh’ (Cedar: 2011) which explores terrorism and identity and ‘A Half-Baked Life’ (Frog Books: 2013) which delves into the consequences of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
R BENEDITO FERRAO
R. Benedito Ferrão is a writer and academic who has lived and worked in Kuwait, India, the United States, England, and Australia. He currently teaches English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA. An internationally published writer of fiction, non-fiction, op-eds, and academic essays, his work appears in Outlook India, Media Diversified, India Currents, Mizna, AwaaZ, and The Goan, among other publications. He is also a member of Goa’s Al-Zulaij Collective.
Mani Rao is the author of nine poetry books and two books in translation– of the Bhagavad Gita as a poem, and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader, which was a finalist for the Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her poems and essays are published in journals, and in anthologies including W.W.Norton’s Language for a New Century, Penguin’s 60 Indian Poets, and the Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2005 and 2009, and the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence.
Subashree Krishnaswamy is a translator, writer and editor. She has translated The Tamil Story: Through the Times, Through the Tides (Tranquebar), a mammoth anthology of Tamil short fiction, edited by Dilip Kumar. She edited the Indian Review of Books, a monthly magazine devoted to reviews of books, for a number of years. Her book, The Babel Guide to South Indian Fiction in Translation was published by Babel Books, UK. She edited and translated an anthology of Tamil poetry, Rapids of a Great River (Penguin) along with Lakshmi Holmström and K Srilata. She also collaborated with K Srilata on the book Short Fiction from South India (OUP). She is an adjunct professor at the Asian College of Journalism.
Sriram Karri is a novelist, columnist and orator based in Hyderabad, India. He has written several books after his first childhood foray into writing, including a bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation, which was longlisted for the MAN Asian Literary prize and has won both critical acclaim and popular success, and The Spiritual Supermarket, longlisted for the Crossword Award in non-fiction category. He has written for various media including The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, The New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, HuffingtonPost, Firstpost, Scroll, The Wire, among others. He has worked as a journalist for The Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle and as a corporate communications professions for Satyam Computers, Indian School of Business, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Magnaquest Tech and CallHealth.
Aishwarya Manivannan is an Artist, Designer, Educator and Silambam Practitioner. She runs MAISHA Studio for Art, Design and Education, specialising in Art & Design Portfolio Development and she teaches design at Loyola College, Chennai. A speaker at the Hyderabad Literary Festival 2017 and TEDxYouth@Chennai 2013, Aishwarya is a Madras University First Rank Holder and alumni of Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. A student of Power Pandian Aasan, Aishwarya is a practitioner of Silambam, an ancient traditional martial form of South India and has won gold medals in various competitions in the world.