Alka Pande, Art HistorianDr Alka Pande is a consultant arts advisor and curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. In December 2006, she was awarded the Chevalier dans Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She also received the Charles Wallace Award in 1999-2000. Dr Pande has completed her post-doctoral studies in critical art theory from Goldsmith College and has a range of books, academic papers and lectures on diverse aspects of the arts to her credit.
Makrand R Paranjape, WriterMakarand Paranjape is the Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study at Shimla. A former English Professor at JNU, he has published six poetry collections, fiction and written a range of books, Cultural Politics in Modern India: Postcolonial Prospects, Colourful Cosmopolitanism, Global Proximities and many more. Makarand is also a columnist for Swarajya, DNA and Mail Today.
Anuradha Roy, WriterAnuradha Roy is an award winning writer and has many accolades to her credit. Her novel, Sleeping on Jupiter won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Her debut novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing was termed as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post while her second novel The Folded Earth won the Economist Crossword Prize. Her essays and reviews have appeared in newspapers in India, the US and Britain. She lives in Ranikhet.
Raaja Bhasin, WriterRaaja Bhasin has published fourteen critically acclaimed books of history, travel and fiction, as well as over two thousand articles, features and stories. A Tedx speaker, he has also handled assignments for television networks like the BBC, Channel Four and NatGeo. He has remained associated with the Indian Institute of Advanced Study for over two decades.
Janhavi Prasada, Festival Director, Social EntrepreneurJanhavi Prasada has directed three literature festivals so far at Abbotsford and she is hooked to doing many more in the region of Kumaon. A tech-peace activist who dabbles with outside art and dedicates her time to conserve and propagate literature, music, local textiles, regional food, heritage monuments and environment in Uttarakhand. Her first graphic novel for young adults on Mahatma Gandhi, Tales of Young Gandhi, was written by her at Abbotsford, her heritage country home in Nainital.
Suhel Seth, Brand ConsultantSuhel Seth is the CEO of Counselage, which is a branding and marketing consultancy. He advises Chairpersons and CEOs across the globe. He is an author of three national best-seller books; a prolific actor both on stage and screen having acted in 167 plays and a well-known television commentator. He has over 4.7 million followers on Twitter. Suhel is the Chairman of the Branding Committee of India’s foremost business chamber CII for the year 2020-21.
Sharon Prabhakar, Singer, Actor, MotivatiSharon's award winning debut in the musical 'Evita' is vividly remembered even today. Evita and her song in the film 'Armaan' put her on an unstoppable path of great career successes. She has released eight pop albums ..her recent 'Dilruba' won the New York Festival Award for creative and technical brilliance. She did the Opening Act for Michael Jackson when he performed in India.
Sharon has represented India at several Music Festivals: Russia,China, Japan, Mauritius.