Speakers at City Scripts 2020 – Bengaluru

Amir Bazaz

Amir Bazaz is Senior Lead – Practice at IIHS. He holds a PhD in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, with a specialisation in Public Systems. He works on issues at the intersection of economics, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. Amir is part of multiple projects at IIHS and teaches regularly in the Urban Fellows and Urban Practitioners Programmes. He was a Contributing Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees

Aliyeh Rizvi

Aliyeh Rizvi is a history and travel writer, curator and founder of Native Place, a collaborative studio in Bengaluru that works on developing new formats in place-based storytelling to connect people to their local heritage and culture. This includes experience design-story walks, culture tours and curated arts-practise based community engagements like the Chickpete Metro Station Art-In-Transit project, with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and the Bangalore Metro Neighbourhood Project supported by the Bangalore Metro Rail Company (BMRCL).

Aparna Kapur

Most of Aparna’s friends are imaginary, and she is happiest when she’s creating worlds and stories. She has worked as the Assistant Editor for the children’s science magazine, Brainwave, has written several comic books for Amar Chitra Katha. She has also written a picture book, Ghum-Ghum Gharial’s Glorious Adventure, and co-authored a middle grade novel Ruckus on the Road for Puffin. When she isn’t writing, she can be found poring over a book or pouring herself a large cup of coffee.

Aromar Revi

Aromar Revi is the founding Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is a global practice and thought leader, and educator with 35 years of interdisciplinary experience in sustainable development, public policy and governance, human settlements and global environmental change.

Arunava Sinha

Arunava Sinha translates Bengali fiction and poetry into English. His recent and forthcoming translations include Kunal Basu’s The Endgame, Bani Basu’s Moom, Taslima Nasreen’s Shameless, Ashoke Mukhopadhyay’s A Ballad of Remittent Fever, and Akhteruzzaman Elias’s Khwabnama.

Arundhati Ghosh

After spending a decade in the corporate sector, Arundhati Ghosh joined IFA as its first fundraiser in 2001. She assumed office as the Executive Director in 2013. She has received recognition from several quarters for her work in the non-profit sector. In 2010 she received the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International, the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award. She is a recipient of the fellowship under Chevening Clore Leadership Awards in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015-2016 and has worked with the National Theatre, UK to recommend a strategy for their national reach. She is also a recipient of the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London in 2005.

Arzu Mistry

Arzu Mistry is an educator and artist and maintains a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for art and design. Arzu facilitates the Art in Transit and placeARTS, public art projects in Bangalore and internationally with the hope that art can facilitate dialogue between people and the urban spaces they inhabit. Arzu co-facilitates the Accordion Book Project and is the co-creator of the artist book Unfolding Practice: Reflections on Learning and Teaching. Her art and education practice connects teachers, youth and families with place using memory, story, play and art and design practices through inter-disciplinary education and public community art. Arzu currently teaches at the Srishti Institute for Art Design and Technology in Bangalore and has taught with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2006.

Ayushi Rastogi

Ayushi Rastogi was born into a family of artists and was quickly instilled with a drive to seek social responsibility in her work. With that spirit, as a graphic designer and illustrator, she’s created a board game for children with dyslexia, illustrated a children’s series that tackles topics of diversity, and designed books on pressing issues from nature conservation to pollution

Chandni Singh

Chandni Singh is a researcher who works at the interface of climate change and development in the global South. At IIHS, she teaches and works on issues of climate change adaptation, vulnerability and well-being, disaster risk, and rural-urban migration. She was a Contributing Author of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees, a Lead Author of the IPCC’s Assessment Report 6 and serves on the editorial boards of Regional Environmental Change and Progress in Development Studies.

Deepa Ganesh

Deepa Ganesh works as Deputy Editor at The Hindu, Bangalore. A student of literature and the arts, Deepa has been closely involved in translation work. Her book on the doyenne of Hindustani music Gangubai Hangal, ‘A Life in Three Octaves’, has been published by Three Essays. Her translation of U.R. Ananthamurthy’s short stories won the Sahitya Academy prize. She has served as the editor of the Sahitya Academy journal Aniketana between 2014-2017. Her other pubslished translation are Gubbi Veeranna’s memoir — the harbinger of company drama in Karnataka, and Just a Few Pages: the life of Saraswati Bai Rajwade by Vaidehi. She has translated nearly 25 books for Tulika, a children’s publication.

Deepika S

Deepika S works in the archives at the Indian Institute of Science. She has previously worked at The Hindu, Yahoo Originals, The Ladies Finger, and Agents of Ishq.

Divya Ravindranath

Divya Ravindranath is a post-doctoral fellow at IIHS. Her research is at the intersection of migration, informal labour and health. Her current work focuses on maternal and child health among households engaged in construction work. Divya completed her master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has worked with non-profits in urban and rural India.

Ipsa Jain

Ipsa Jain is a scientist by training and an illustrator by profession. She runs her own freelance outfit called Ipsawonders. She paints visuals and narratives around stories around science. She collaborates with scientists, research institutes and storytellers including Minhaj Sirajuddin, The Life of Science, to Centre for cell and molecular biology at Hyderabad, to Pratham Books. She also takes courses and workshops that work at the interface of art and science. Find her as Ipsawonders on google and on social media.

Janaki Nair

Janaki Nair was Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies JNU from 2009 until January 2020. She has taught courses and supervised MPhil and PhD theses on subjects relating to the history of law, the modern city, capitalism, women and feminism, and labour and working class history. She has published widely in national and international journals, and her books include: The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century (OUP, 2005); Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule (Minnesota University Press and Orient Blackswan, 2011); Miners and Millhands: Work, Culture and Politics in Princely Mysore (Sage: 1998); Women and Law in COlonial India (Kali for women: 1996). She has made a documentary entitled After the Gold (1998) based on research on the Kolar Gold Fields. She is a regular contributor to popular newspapers and journals.

Khyrunnisa A

Khyrunnisa A., prize-winning author of children’s fiction, created the popular comic character Butterfingers for Tinkle magazine. She then went on to write six books for the Butterfingers series, which was published by Penguin. Her first book for adults, Tongue in Cheek: The Funny Side of Life, was published by Westland in 2019. She worked as an associate professor of English at All Saints’ College, Thiruvananthapuram, and is now a full-time writer.

Krupa Ge

Krupa Ge is a writer and editor from Madras. Her reportage and cultural writings have appeared in publications such as The Hindu, The Caravan, The Wire, Firstpost, Ladies Finger, The New Indian Express etc, over the last eleven years. Rivers Remember, her book on the Chennai floods (2015) was published by Context, an imprint of Westland, in July 2019. She has a novel forthcoming in 2020.

Manoranjan Byapari

Manoranjan Byapari was born in the mid-fifties in Barishal, Bangladesh. His family migrated to West Bengal when he was three. They were first resettled in Bankura at the Shiromanipur Refugee camp. Later, they were forced to shift to the Gholadoltala Refugee Camp, 24 Parganas, and lived there till 1969. However, Byapari had to leave home at the age of fourteen to do odd jobs. At age twenty-four, he came into contact with the Naxals and with the famous labour activist Shankar Guha Niyogi, founder of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha at the Dalli Rajhara Mines. He was sent to jail during this time, where he taught himself to read and write. Later, while working as a rickshaw puller in Kolkata, Byapari had a chance meeting with Mahasweta Devi, who urged him to write for her journal Bartika. He has published ten novels and over fifty short stories since. Until recently he was working as a cook with the Hellen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Blind in West Bengal.

Minakshi Thakur

Minakshi Thakur works as publisher of Eka, Westland Publications’ Indian languages imprint that publishes original writing and translations in nine Indian languages and English. She has worked with HarperCollins in the past, where she set up the Hindi publishing programme and looked after Harper Perennial, Harper’s English translations imprint. She is a bilingual poet and writer too. Her first novel, Lovers Like You and I, was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in 2012, and her collection of Hindi poems, Neend Ka Akhri Pul (The Last Bridge of Sleep) was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2012.

Mohit Rao

Mohit M. Rao is an independent journalist based in Bengaluru. He was part of The Hindu’s Karnataka bureau from 2011 to 2019. For five years during this time, he served as an environment reporter, also focusing on the agrarian economy, political data and development stories that lie at the intersection of policy and society. He was a fellow of the Young Connectors of the Future programme, conducted by the Swedish Institute, in 2014; and an India-Germany Media Ambassador fellow in 2016. In December 2019, he walked 260 km along the Betwa River in Bundelkhand as part of the Moving Upstream fellowship.

Nandita Jayaraj

Nandita Jayaraj is a science journalist and co-founder of feminist science media platform TheLifeofScience.com. Previously, she worked with The Hindu newspaper and Brainwave science magazine. Since 2016, she has been travelling the country in search of the hidden contributions of women in science. Nandita also writes and edits children’s books, her latest being ’31 Fantastic Adventures in Science’ which she co-authored with Aashima Freidog.

Nisha Abdulla

NISHA ABDULLA is a playwright, director and performance storyteller based out of Bangalore. She has consistently created work with and for children, recognising early on the power of storytelling and theatre to initiate conversations around diversity and inclusion, and to create learning environments that are both challenging and safe. Nisha is the Artistic Director of Qabila, a theatre collective that she began in 2018. She is also writer and Co-Founder at Ever After Learning, a company that creates learning modules for classrooms.

Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker is a journalist based in Bangalore. He was one of the founding members of Rediff.com. From 2001-2006 he was based in New York City, as editor of India Abroad, the largest Indian-American newspaper. He was Managing Editor for India at Yahoo between 2010-2014. He translated the Malayalam novel Randamoozham, which is the Mahabharata told from the point of view of Bhima, into English. He is co-founder of the multimedia website peepli.org. Currently, he consults with media houses and corporates on content and social media strategy.

Priyanka Mohan/Yakshadegula

Priyanka Mohan is the artistic director of Yakshadegula, a 40-year-old organisation established by K. Mohan to popularize Yakshagana across the world. Yakshadegula has been a pioneer in bringing innovation in traditional art forms. Over 7500+ traditional and contemporary stories has been staged in various parts of the world, Yakshadegula has been recognised by Ministry of Culture, ICCR and Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka. Now, Yakshadegula aims to work extensively in helping artists grow, documenting some of the aspects of artform which is on a decline. Over the last 20 years, Yakshadegula has trained students in Yakshagana free of cost with an objective to promote lesser known art form. As they continue to expand their efforts towards popularising Yakshagana, they are also is now looking at integrating lesser known Indian performing art forms in schools with an objective to create interest, awareness and help students explore the benefits of Indian performing arts.

Ralph Trommer

Ralph Trommer, born in 1969, lives in Berlin as a free journalist and author. He writes for German newspapers and specialised magazines about graphic literature (Comics, Graphic Novels, Mangas), children books, fiction, films and TV series. In the 1990s, he studied the Art of Animation Film and Screenwriting at the Potsdam Film University near Berlin. He worked also as a screenwriter for animation series („Simsalagrimm“), wrote a children book and several short stories.

Ravikumar Kashi

Ravikumar Kashi is a visual artist who uses different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and installation to express himself. His love for learning and his social concern is translated into visuals which feature the imagery and iconography he employs in his work. His works have been shown internationally in various Museums, Biennales, Art Fairs and galleries. He has won many awards for his works including the National award and Karnataka Sahitya Academy award for his writing. He is an educator and author as well. He writes on art and visual culture. His book ‘Flexing Muscles’ was released recently. To know more about him you can visit www.ravikashi.com

Sandhya Ramesh

Sandhya Ramesh is a science writer and the science editor for ThePrint India. She has been writing on science and technology for five years, with a focus on astronomy, earth sciences, and climate change. As a freelancer, she has contributed to The Wire, The News Minute, Lateral Mag, Planetary Society and more. She lives in Bangalore with her dog and two cats and can be reached on Twitter @sandygrains.

Siddharth Kankaria

Siddharth is a science communication practitioner with a background in Biology (IISc Bangalore) and Science Communication (University of Edinburgh). He currently works as the Outreach Manager at the Simons Centre at NCBS, and in his spare time runs a journal club called SciCommSci – Engaging with the Science of Science Communication. Siddharth is keenly interested in facilitating dialogues for bridging the gap between science communication research and practice; researching evidence-based science communication practices; and developing more effective ways of engaging society with science.

Sudeshna Shome Ghosh

Sudeshna Shome Ghosh has worked in the Indian publishing industry since 1997. She started her career at Penguin Books India where she went on to become Editorial Director, Puffin. In 2012, she started working at Rupa Publications and Aleph Book Company as Executive Editor and Editorial Director, Red Turtle. Currently she is an independent editing consultant and Publisher, Talking Cub, the children’s imprint at Speaking Tiger Books. She has written on books for Hindu BLink and Scroll.in. She has written two children’s picture books, published by Pratham Books.

Sunaina Coelho

Sunaina Coelho is an animator and illustrator based in Bangalore, India. She designs visuals for clients ranging from publishing houses, toy companies and television channels to app developers. Sunaina grew up in New Delhi and studied at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. In her free time she enjoys playing with her son, gardening, consuming novel food, books and films; and being outdoors: near the sea or in the mountains.

Varud Gupta

Varud Gupta was bred for the business world until an existential crises sent him travelling through the culinary cultures of the world. It was in documenting odd jobs as a cheesemonger or asador that his journey as a writer began. His first book, Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan, was a travel narrative through the faiths and foods of India. And the story of Chhotu, represents the culmination of the first chapter on this existential path.

Vasanthi Hariprakash

Vasanthi Hariprakash is an award-winning radio anchor and TV journalist, political analyst, a public speaker and a soon-to-be podcaster. She was nicknamed ‘Bangalore’s sunshine girl’ by her listeners a decade back for being the voice reflecting the city’s joys and angst, on Radio City’s primetime show Good Morning Bangalore. She is presently the Founder-Editor of Pickle Jar, an audio video content company that aims to tell stories of a vibrant & changing India. She’s been featured on various media platforms in the last two decades including The New Indian Express, NDTV 24×7 and the BBC World News.

Venkat Srinivasan

Venkat Srinivasan is a visiting researcher and archivist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. Prior to this, he was a research engineer at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University. He is an independent science writer, with work in The Atlantic and Scientific American online, Nautilus, Aeon, Wired, and the Caravan. This intersection of science journalism, scientific research and history led to probing ways to building diverse science narratives from archival material.

Viju B

Viju B. is the metro editor of the Times of India in Kochi. He reports chiefly on issues at the intersection of development, ecology and culture. While working in Mumbai for various national newspapers, he covered the catastrophic 26/7 Mumbai floods, the 26/11 terror attacks and the Gujarat riots. He exposed the Sindhudurg mining scam in the Western Ghats and was part of the core investigative team that exposed the Adarsh Building scam in Mumbai that eventually led to the resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. In 2018, he extensively covered the Kerala floods, travelling to the worst-hit areas in the state and along the Western Ghats. His observations and experiences from this travel culminated in the book Flood and Fury.

Yogesh Maitreya

Yogesh Maitreya is a poet, translator, writer, curator, publisher at Panther’s Paw Publication and PhD scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His latest short story collection Flowers on The Grave of Caste, published in December 2019, is the first English Dalit short story collection from Maharashtra. He also curates shows on anti-caste music. He regularly contributes to Firstpost and Indian Cultural Forum.

Schedule City Scripts 2020 – Bengaluru

Sessions at City Scripts 2020