650+ Prestigious, Award Winning Authors, Photographers, Editors & Translators

Raised and educated in Purbeck, in south England, Ilay Cooper graduated from London University in 1966. Between study, teaching, and working in a quarry, he traveled widely in Asia, spending some thirteen years in India, mostly based in Churu, Rajasthan. His initial nine journeys between England and India were overland, by hitchhiking and buses, culminating in a motorcycle journey from Churu to Purbeck in 2000. His research in Shekhawati was funded by quarry work in England and photo-journalism in India. After documenting Shekhawati's buildings, he listed those of Diu also for INTACH. These projects were followed by a series of scholarships to study wall paintings in India and Pakistan. He has written many published articles for Indian and British periodicals, five published academic papers, and five books. He has also lectured widely on South Asian murals in India, Pakistan, and the UK.
Dr. Imre Lázár is a scholar of international studies and a specialist in cultural diplomacy. He has curated seven exhibitions of the Brunners, including a centenary retrospective.
Ina Puri has been associated with the visual and performing arts, writing, and curating exhibitions in India and abroad for over two decades. She has collaborated with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and published a memoir titled Journey with a Hundred Strings: My Life in Music, which was later translated into other regional languages. She has also collaborated with Jabbar Patel on his biopic Antardhwani, which received the National Award. She has written several books on contemporary artists, including a memoir on Manjit Bawa, In Black & White. Ina received the Swarna Kamal for her film Meeting Manjit, which was directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta.
Indira Goswami (14 November 1942–29 November 2011), who wrote as Mamoni Raisom Goswami in Assamese, popularly known as Mamoni Baideo, was an award-winning author and an icon of feminist writing. She wrote about people rarely represented in Indian writing—women, the marginalized, the powerless, the unfortunate. Winner of India's highest literary award, the Jnanpith (2001), as well as the Sahitya Akademi Award (1983), and the Principal Prince Claus Laureate (2008), Goswami was also an editor, poet, professor, and scholar, best known for her novels such as The Moth Eaten Howdah of the Tusker, Pages Stained with Blood, and The Man from Chinnamasta. She was also known for her attempts to structure social change, both through her writings and through her role as a mediator between the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the Government of India, through the People's Consultative Group, a peace committee.
Indira Iyengar is a social activist and founder of Mahashakti Seva Kendra, an organization formed to help underprivileged women become economically independent. At present, it helps more than 5,000 women in Bhopal and across tribal areas in Madhya Pradesh. Previously, she had worked with Mother Teresa to establish the Missionaries of Charity’s first home for the destitute in Bhopal. She views this book as her tribute to the Bourbon legacy and their contribution to Bhopal state, as well as the fulfilment of a promise she made to her mother to record her family’s unique history.  
Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri has been in academics, administration and cultural diplomacy. He has taught in Delhi University, Uchha Siksha aur Sodh Sansthan, DBHP, Hyderabad and been a visiting professor in Hyderabad Central University; CIEFL, Hyderabad; Jadavpur University, Kolkata; JNU, Delhi and the University of Bucharest. A distinguished cultural administrator of India, he was Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, and was associated with the Ministry of Culture, the Indian High Commission, London and The Nehru Centre, London. Was Member Secretary and Academic Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. A Fellow of Temenos Akademi, UK and Millennium Trust, Kent, UK, his publications include The Genesis of Imagination: Selected Essays on Literature; Theory, Religion and Culture and other books and research papers on literature, poetics, religion, aesthetics and translation studies. His awards include the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Ministry of HRD Ganga Sharan Singh Award from the President of India in 2007 and the Delhi Hindi Academy Award 2009.  
Indradeep Bhattacharyya studied at Ramakrishna Mission, Narendrapur, and Delhi University. He is a journalist by profession, and at present, a senior editor with Alt News. Apart from news and information, Indradeep is interested in academics. For over a decade, he has taught English literature to graduate students. When he is not at work, Indradeep loves to talk about politics, literature, cinema, Indian music and fountain pens. He lives in Kolkata and can often be found in quaint cafes.
Late Intizar Husain was born in Dibai, India in 1925, and migrated to Pakistan in 1947. His published works include seven collections of short stories, five novels, nine plays, travelogue, and essays in Urdu and English. His work has been translated into many of the world languages. He was the recipient of many literary awards, his novel Basti was short- listed for the Man Booker International prize in 2013. In 2012, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lahore Literary Festival, and in 2014, he was conferred the French Officer de L'Odre des Arts et des Letters. He passed away in 2016.
Juggling English and Hindi with equal ease, Ira Saxena (left) loves to write captivating stories in both languages.
Irfan Nabi studied in the prestigious Irish Catholic Burn Hall School in Kashmir.He photographs often and writes intermittently; his images have been part of major exhibitions in Amsterdam, Washington, Kolkata, and New Delhi among many other cities around the globe. He has shot and travelled solo across various terrains. Indulgence in food and music is what keeps him going in his spare time. A book on Ladakh is in progress. Culturally nuanced photo elements are what his lens seeks.  
?skender Pala ?skender Pala was born in U?ak in 1958 and received his undergraduate degree from the faculty of literature of Istanbul University in 1979. He received his Doctorate in Ottoman Divan Literature from the same university in 1983. His short stories, essays, academic papers and newspaper columns have inspired his readers to see Divan literature in a new light. A recipient of the Turkish Writer’s Association Prize (1989), The Turkish Language Foundation AKDTYK Prize (1990) and the Turkish Writer’s Association Essay Prize (1996), he was given the title ‘The People’s Poet’ by popular vote in U?ak. 
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