Shinie Antony has authored short-story books The Orphanage For Words, Barefoot and Pregnant and novels When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied, A Kingdom for his Love. She has compiled the anthologies Why We Don’t Talk and Boo. Her story A Dog’s Death won the Commonwealth Short Story Asia region prize in 2003. Shinie is also the director of the Bengaluru Poetry Festival. The Girl Who Couldn’t Love is her latest novel.
Srikrishna is a venture capital investor investing in early stage start-ups that create large scale social impact. His past experience is in consulting and implementation with organizations that improve the lives of people at the ‘Base of the Pyramid’. Passionate about travel, books, Indian classical music and radio, Srikrishna has hosted a daily show on India’s first and only wellness and lifestyle radio station.
Subodh and Lakshmi are co-founders of Atta Galatta, a Bengaluru-based bookstore with a focus on Indian, vernacular writing and is a venue for literary, art and cultural events. Since its inception 4 years ago, the bookstore has hosted over 500 events, including book launches, poetry readings, theatre performances, art shows, screenings, storytelling sessions and workshops.
Vikram is a storyteller who believes in stories as a strong medium for conservation, taking the age old oral medium in a contemporary form to new age listeners. A theatre practitioner in the English theatre space working with various groups for about 10 years, his group, Tahatto, performs regularly at various spaces and festivals across India. Vikram is working towards finding a balance between theatre, wildlife and the social sector.