Advisors - Bangalore Literature Festival

Chandrashekhara Kambara

Regarded as one of the finest Kannada poets, he has been honoured with the Jnanpith Award, the eighth for Kannada. With a language that captures the flavour of north Karnataka, Dr. Kambara is also among the finest playwrights of our state.

T. V. Mohandas Pai

Chairman, Manipal Global Education; former member of the Board and Head – Finance and HR, Infosys.

Harish Bijoor

CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.; Entrepreneur, author and brand expert; former COO – Zip Telecom Limited and VP – Tata Coffee Limited.

Advisors - Bhasha Programming



Deepa Ganesh

Deepa Ganesh’s areas of interest are Literature, Languages, Music and Theatre. She served as Deputy Editor at The Hindu for two decades. Currently, she is Professor of Literature and Executive Director of the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, RV University. She was the editor of the Sahitya Academy journal, Aniketana, for three years and has five published books.

Purushothama Bilimale

Dr. Purushothama Bilimale has served for many years as Professor of Kannada at the Kannada University, Hampi, and then as a Director at the American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi. He established the Kannada Language Chair, Centre of Indian Languages, JNU and served as its first Professor. He has 28 books to his credit. His autobiography, ‘Kage Muttida Neeru’ (Crow-Touched Water) has received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award.

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed is Deputy Editor at Frontline news magazine and is based in Bengaluru. In his career spanning 15 years at this magazine devoted to long-form journalism, Sayeed has reported on diversified themes, including politics, communalism, gender, rural and urban deprivation, agriculture, caste, environment, literature, cinema, history and music. Sayeed has won several awards for his work.

Vivek Shanbhag

Vivek Shanbhag is a Kannada author, editor and playwright who has published 13 works of fiction. His critically-acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar has been translated into 20 languages worldwide. His recent novel ‘Sakina’s Kiss’ in English translation has just been published. Vivek is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the Ashoka University. An engineer by training, he lives in Bangalore.