Festival Director - Mr. Raj Liberhan

Raj Liberhan, director, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi, served in the Government of India's financial services for thirty years before moving to the non-governmental sector to head the IHC. He has varied experience with a significant range of responsibilities at senior levels in the government, public sector and NGO environments, building and sustaining organizations, programmes and missions with sector specific objectives and services.

As IHC's chief executive for the last fifteen years, he has helped create a unique institution where various professions and institutions dealing with different facets of habitat function, interact and attempt to resolve habitat related problems in a coordinated manner, and cooperate and collaborate with other national or international institutions. In these years, he has also anchored a public discourse on a variety of issues of concern to society and built a platform for public discourse amongst intellectuals, public spirited citizenry and academics. The endeavour has been to facilitate conversations amongst IHC's audiences across ethnic and regional identities so that a vibrant social and cultural fabric resonates above everything else. The India Habitat Centre is the symbol of that resonance.

Creative Directors

Mr. Satyanand Nirupam

Satyanand Nirupam is editorial director, Rajkamal Prakashan Group and creative director, Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages' Festival and Patna Literature Festival. In the past, he has worked with Delhi Press as associate editor and with Penguin Books India as editor. In his years with Penguin, he steadily built a list of important titles, by established as well as emerging authors, focusing exclusively on original works. These offbeat titles spoke to the evolving needs of Hindi readership.

Nirupam plays an active role in promoting a book-reading culture and debates-discussions in Hindi through all possible media channels. As member, programme advisory committee, India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), he coordinates a poetry reading series there called Kavi ke Sath. He has also been coordinator and co-concept developer for Bahastalab, a popular debate series.

With a deep understanding of the tradition of Hindi writing and a strongly felt need for innovation in it, he works with authors. His interaction with various kinds of Hindi readers is an effort to appreciate their concerns and expectations better. He believes in constantly striving for novelty in Hindi literature to keep pace with a fast-changing world so its rich works can be widely appreciated. He wants to work for a continued dialogue between Hindi writing and the young generation, so both learn to love each other and an increasing number of youth enter the world of publishing. Bringing literature and litterateurs to people is what Nirupam loves doing best.


Mr. Giriraj Kiradoo

Poet and fiction writer Giriraj Kiradoo is founder-editor of the widely acclaimed bilingual journal Pratilipi, and founder-managing director of the avante garde publishing initiative Pratilipi Books. He has edited three books, and published poetry, fiction and translation in numerous reputed journals. Some of his work has been translated into Urdu, Marathi, Catalan and English. A recipient of the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Smruti Poetry Award and the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for fiction, he is a translator in Hindi, English and Rajasthani.

A university teacher by profession, he has also worked with the Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi as associate editor, with Siyahi as consultant, with the Sangam House International Writer's Residency Program as advisor, and is currently a regular collaborator with the French poetry journal Recours au Poème. Kiradoo is a passionate organizer of many literary events; he is one of the two creative directors of Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages' Festival, an event he curates and coordinates with Satyanand Nirupam. With fellow poets Bodhisattva and Ashok Kumar Pandey, he co-founded and organized the biggest independent poetry event in Hindi, Kavita Samay, for two years (2011-12).