Our Team


Patron-    Late Dr. Ayyappa Paniker , As a poet, he is credited for rendering a novel experience to the literati of Kerala; as a critic he provided new le  ayyaa  vels of awareness, and as a teacher, his students could not have asked for more. May be, Dr. K. Ayyappa Paniker is more than all t


Advisers –

  1. Ashok Vajpeyi (Hindi) born 1941) is anPicture-kritya2011 131 Indian poet in Hindi, essayist, literary-cultural critic, apart from being a noted cultural and arts administrator, and a former civil servant. He was chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, India’s National Academy of Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, 2008–2011. He has published over 23 books of poetry, criticism and art, and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award given by Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, in 1994 for his poetry collection, Kahin Nahin Wahin. His notable poetry collections include, Shaher Ab Bhi Sambhavana Hai (1966), Tatpurush (1986), Bahuri Akela (1992), Ibarat Se Giri Matrayen, Ummeed ka Doosra Naam (2004) and Vivaksha (2006). Besides this he has also published works on literary and art criticism: Filhal, Kuchh Poorvagrah, Samay se Bahar, Kavita ka Galp and Sidhiyan Shuru ho Gayi Hain.


K. Satchidanandan ( Malayalam )is a major Indian poet and critic, writing in Malayalam and in English. Satchidanandan has established himself as an academician,sat-q editor, translator and playwright. He has to his credit 22 collections of poetry besides many selections, 16 collections of translations of poetry and 19 collections of essays on literature, language and society-three of them in English- besides four plays and three travel narratives. He has 24 collections of his poetry in translation in 16 languages including Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, English, French, German and Italian. He has introduced several poets like Garcia Lorca, Alexander Block, Voznesensky, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Bertolt Brecht, Paul Celan, Zbignew Herbert, Eugenio Montale, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Mahmoud Darwish and Yehuda Amichai to Malayalam readers through translations and studies besides a lot of Black, Latin American and Indian poetry. He has also travelled widely, writing and lecturing.
Prabha Varma -Poet, Prabhavarma_in_klf_2017littérateur, journalist and editor who works with traditional as well as electronic media, lyricist, student activist – Prabha Varma has been all of these. He has a master’s degree and a degree in law. As a poet, Jnanpith award winner Prof. O. N. V. Kurup complimented him saying “Prabhavarma_in_klf_2017He has inherited the subtle poetic richness of the eminent poet Vyloppilly sreedhara Menon, who himself picked up the quality from Kumaranasan’. The late Prof. M. Krishnan Nair, an eminent critic, wrote ‘Prabha Varma is a born poet’. His poems are composed of a confluence of tradition and modernity. They have soft romantic emotions, a plethora of poetic images, original and innovative narrative skill, philosophical insights, and a deep understanding of the meaning of life. Prabha Varma is an Academy award-winning poet in Malayalam, He also works as the Resident Editor of the daily Desabhimani. The multi-faceted littérateur has published nine collections of poems, four books on the contemporary socio-political milieu and literature, four collections of essays in criticism, a study on the media, and a travelogue.

Kritya team  –

Festival Director -Rati Saxena -Poet/ Translator/ Editor (kritya) / Director Poetry festivals -kritya and Vedic scholar. She has 5 collections of poetry in Hindi and two in English ( Translated by poet) and one each in to Malayalam, Italian, Estonian, and Vietnamese and English translated by other poets. Her poems have been translated in other international languages like Chinese, Albanian , Spanish, ratiUzbek, Indonesian , Spanish, German etc. .She has a travelogue in Hindi “Cheenti ke par”, a Memoir in English“ Every thing is past tense “, and a criticism on the work of famous Malayalam Poet Balamaniyamma’s work. Her study on the Atharvaveda has been published as “The Seeds of the Mind- a fresh approach to the study of Atharvaveda” under the fellowship of the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts. She has translated about 12 Malayalam works, both prose and poetry, into Hindi and two poetry books of Norwegian poets , one each from Welsh, Vietnamese. She has a number of articles published regarding Indology in a number of journals. She has been invited for poetry reading in more than 22 prestigious poetry festivals larouhd the world, among some are very popular e.g.,The Struga Poetry Evening (Macedonia)( 2010) the prestigious poetry festival in Medellin -Colombia (2011 and 2014),, 10th Edition of “ Ritratti di Poesia” Feb 2016 and China’s Moon Festival and Shanghai book fair. She is the only Indian participant in some imp poetry festivals like Iran’s Fajr Poetry Festival, Iran (2014) , International Istanbul Poetry Festival (IIPF) Turkey (2014), 4th international Eskisehir Poetry Festival Turkey (2014). And a Special poetry reading in A Caruna , Spain ( 2015), Poetry reading at Foundation Vicente Risco, at Allariz ( Spain). She has also been invited to some American Universities like Mary Mount University in Los Angeles and University of Seattle ( USA) to talk on Vedic poetry and recite her own poetry. She is one of foundermember, and member of coordinate committee Of the World Poetry Movement. Her poem was poem been chosen in popular book of china “110 modern poems of the world”) 2015, ” Her poem was also part of space mission by Jaxa, Japan, along with 24 other poems. In 2002 . She was also artist in Former Artist-in-residence at Ebenboeckhaus Munichand Artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta.
 Her Awards- Fellowship by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in 2004-5,Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation 2000, Sate Bank of Travancore Award for poetry 2001, Naji Naaman’s Literary Prizes ( International) for 2016.
 Host Director/Main Adviser-
Pramod payyanur, - is a renowned director and script writer in the Malayalam film industry. He is also well known for his works in Indian theatre. Currently Pramod is pursuing PhD from Kolkata Visvabharathi University on 'Forging of textual images' in theatre and film: Attributed to Rabindranath Tagores creative works.ai biodata
 He bagged the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award twice for amateur drama direction in 2002 for Chomanadhudi
 written by Dr. Sivarama karanath and Perumkaliyattam based on T V Kochuvava's novel in 2010. Also he got professional  drama director award for 'Innalekalile Aakasham' in 2002 and Dravidavritham in 2003 both produced by KPAC in their Silver Jubilee plays.
 He also worked in program sections in major Television
 channels in kerala. Program producer in Kairali TV, senior
 correspondent in Malayala Manorama and the chief of
 programs in Reporter TV.
 He won the VIBGYOR National Award - 2004 for best short
 film based on Vailkom Mohammed Basheer's first short story
 'Thangam'. Also achieved Kerala Chalachithra Academy Award for
 Best visual media director and kerala film critics award for the short
 films based on M T Vasudevan Nair's 'Keralolpathy 2004',
 ‘Devamanasam 2003', ‘Sasneham Jeevithathodu 2002' and
 'Prathibhakalude Jeevitha Rekha Chithrangal 2006 ' ('Life sketches
 of genius personalities'). He was awarded National cultural
 department's junior fellowship-2003 for the study on 'Visual
 possibilities on Malayalam myths'.
 His experimental plays are well noted includes the works on O.V.
 Vijayan's 'Kadaltheerathu', 'Mathilukal' based on Vaikom
 Muhammed Basheer's novel, 'Iruttinte Athmavu' and
 'Randamoozham' written by MT Vasudevan Nair, `KaIlan Pavithran'
 by P Padmarajan, 'The Just' by Alber Kamu, 'Play boy of the western
 world' by J.M Synch, 'Nilavinte Geetham' based ONV's poem,
 'Mruthyunjayan' written by Bharath Murali. He showed his caliber on multimedia mega shows like 'Bharatheeyam' (about Indian
 renaissance — Kairali TV). 'Nanmayude Apaaratheerangal' (about
 the literary world of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer — Launching event of Media One TV). 'Ulsavam' (Kerala's Tribal, Folk, Classical art forms special choreography for Kerala Tourism Dept.). 70th birthday of K.J Yesudas (based on Creative Life and Contributions of K.J. Yesudas for Swaralaya and Kairali TV) He was the Jury Member of All India Campus Drama Festival, Kerala State Youth Festivals, Keralolsavam, Atlas — Kairali Script Competition, Short Film Fest, Kambissery Nadakolsavam, Thoppil Basi Theatre Fest, and 6th Bharath Murali Nadakolsavam conducted by Abu Dhabi social centre - 2014.
 He scripted and directed Vaikom Mohd. Basheer's `Balyakalasakhi’
 in 2014 and won Special Jury award for the best Indian Director in
 Kashmir International Film Fest 2014 and Adoorbhasi Award for
 Best Director & Best Film 2014. For humanitarian and progressive
 activities in art, he won Yuvashakthi Grameen Award 2014 and
 bagged `Dr. Vayala Vasudevan Pillai foundation' award-2014 for his
 contribution in theatre.
 Awarded T Muhammed Award, for his outstanding contribution to
 the fields of experimental theatre and professional drama, in 2016.
 Director of multimedia cultural show at the opening ceremony of
 International Film Festival 2016.
 Conceptualised and directed the folk-classical and traditional -
 performance segment during the closing ceremony of IFFK 2016.
 Directed the cultural-visual journey through Kerala's Renaissance
 period, exhibited at the Kerala Legislative Assembly on
 November 1, 2016.
 Director of the 6-day long cultural festival (from April 21-26, 2017)
 celebrating the 60th anniversary of Kerala's first Government.
 Festival Director of the 3-day Telungana-Kerala Heritage Festival.
 Now he is involved in the creative work of an experimental
 presentation of Wiliam Shakespear's HAMLET which is to be
 Now as Member Secretary of Bharath Bhavan, a division of Kerala
 Government's cultural department, is responsible for conceiving
 and conducting international, national and regional cultural
 exchange programmes and other cultural activities for the
 upliftment, and preservation of art, and culture in the public

Kritya Team

designer and event page editor.

  • Edina Barna-is a Government of India scholarship holder designer, digital artist, alternative photographer.She is the founder-owner of EdinArts –edinabarnaphoto ’The empathetic creative design’ which performs complex designer projects and media image consultation for corporate branding projects for national and international clients too. EdinArts collaborates with (mostly) Indian artists, foundations, NGOs, magazines. Main area of her art is (printable) digital works. For example book cover & illustration, logo, poster editing, other online and printed media works, sublimation printable items & accessories.Edina Barna works with Kritya International Poetry Festival as designer and event page editor, event manager. She also a poetess, who has several printed and online published poems.


 Dr. Pradeep Kumar (Trustee) –has a B.Tech (1970) and M.Tech (1972) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the IIT in Kanpur. After post-graduation, he joined the Division VSSC (ISRO) and later the Space Science and Technology Centre as a Scientist/Engineer SC. Dr. Kumar has a PhD from thepradeep-k IIT in Kanpur. During the course of service, he rose to the level of Scientist/Engineer ‘G’ and retired as the Group Director of ADTG from VSSC in Trivandrum in 2009. After retirement, he joined the University of Karunya in Coimbatore. Presently, he works as the Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department.


 •Savithri Rajjivan-  is ssa noted Malayalam poet and short fiction writer, based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She holds a post-graduate degree in Malayalam literature from the University of Kerala and another from the MS University, Baroda, in fine art criticism. She has taught art history in the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanksrit, Kalady, and is currently an advisory board member of the Central Sahitya Akademi for Malayalam. Widely anthologized, she has published a volume of short fiction and four collections of poetry, most recently Ammaye Kulippikkumbol in 2014.Savithri Rajeevan is a noted Malayalam poet and short fiction writer, based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She holds a post-graduate degree in Malayalam literature from the University of Kerala and another from the MS University, Baroda, in fine art criticism. She has taught art history in the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanksrit, Kalady, and is currently an advisory board member of the Central Sahitya Akademi for Malayalam. Widely anthologized, she has published a volume of short fiction and four collections of poetry, most recently Ammaye Kulippikkumbol in 2014.
  Ms. Shalbha (Festival organization and technical help) is a young artist, singer and sportsperson. She is an architect and a master in advanced construction management. She is creative, responsible and has good organization and leadership skills. She has previously worked in Planning &shalbha Coordination- Development Services of Commercial at the Cushman & Wakefield Pvt Ltd (Mumbai). Her other Project Planning and coordination of interior & coordinate services include Office Space for State Bank Of India (Mumbai), re-development & hospital expansion for the Asian Heart Hospital (Mumbai), commercial complex (shopping Mall in Dadar) in Mumbai, Project Planning and coordination of structure & services of Office Block 6, Nirlon (Knowledge Park, Mumbai), project monitoring of Gigaplex project (Airoli, Mumbai) for J P Morgan India, a property Mauritius Company, Synergy Property Dev Services Pvt Ltd (Pune), Project Planning and coordination of elements & services of Masterplan of an IT Park and project planning and coordination of structure & services of building blocks in an IT Park. Her work profile includes planning of master schedule, preparation of the budget, preparation of development strategy report, tracking the progress, coordinating with the client, architects, services consultants and the vendors to facilitate the design development and the procurement team and site team. She has also worked at E.I. DuPont, India Pvt Ltd (Gurgaon). As an Architect, she has worked at Sankalpan Architects Pvt Ltd (Mumbai), Patell Batliwala Manohar& Associates, Morphogenesis Architecture Studio (Delhi) and NICMAR Pune. Ms. Shalbha has Bachelors of Architecture from the National Institute of Technology (Calicut) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Construction Management from NICMAR Pune.


Board of international advisers-

1-Fernando Rendón was born in Medellin , Colombia , in 1951 . He is a poet, editor and journalist. He worked as a journalist for the daily El Correo, El Diario La Opinión and the opposition weekly VOICE.
He co-founded the DSCN8426poetry magazine Clave de Sol in 1972. Founder of the poetry magazine Imago (1988). Founder and director of the Latin American poetry magazine Prometeo since 1982, which has published 96 issues to date.
He is founder and director of the International Poetry Festival of Medellín, which has been 23 editions since 1991, which have taken part more than 1100 poets from nearly 160 nations, through about 1350 poetry readings in 35 Colombian cities . This event has been held in over 1,000 newspaper articles published in 70 languages ​​digital print media and 90 countries from all continents, and has been ranked as the most massive in the world today.
Twice a finalist in the National Poetry Award from the University of Antioquia, in 1982 and 1984, has published books of poems: Contrahistoria (1986); Under other suns (1989); Song on the Champs de Mars (1992); The reasons for salmon (1998), Radiant issue (2006), published in Valencia, Venezuela, Song of the Red Branch (2010, Havana) and in Flotation (2010). In May 2010 the South of Cuba Editorial published his book of poems Song of the Red Branch, also published in July this year by the Editorial Francorosso of Trieste (Italy), in a bilingual edition, under the title Canti rosso bouquet, with translation of the Italian poet Gaetano Longo.

In July 2008 he received the International Prize for Poetry Poets Against War Poetry House Residence South (Los Angeles, USA) for his book The reasons for salmon, published in that city in August 2009, in a bilingual edition, entitled The way of the salmon, with translations of American poet Mark Lipman.

His poems have been translated into English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Hindi, Turkish, Ukrainian and Uzbek.

Her poems have been anthologized in international selections of poetry: Une anthologie immédiate (France, 1995), Dialogue des Littératures (Luxembourg, 1997), Catalogue of International Literaturfestival Berlin (2001), in Latin poetry anthology A poetry is discover na Floresta, Brazil (2001), Words can (UNICEF, 2007), Weltklang-Nacht der Poesie (Germany, 2007), and in anthologies of Colombian poets Magical World: Colombia (Brazil, 2007), prepared by poets Floriano and Lucila Nogueira Martins; World Poetry Almanac 2008 (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2008); American poets of Castilian Canto (Brazil, 2010), which includes 119 poets from 19 countries of the continent, prepared by Thiago de Mello; Um country that Sonha (Portugal, 2012) and Ladder Made up Staircases of Time (An Anthology of Poems Collected for the Fourth Edition of Qinghai Lake Poetry).

Also published his poems in poetry selections Dissidence Limbo (Colombia, 1981), Poets in April (Colombia, 1981 and 1983), Eight voices against bad times (Colombia, 1990), Colombian Contemporary Poetry (Argentina, 1992 ), to better meet (Brazil-Colombia, 1995), Anthology of Poetry Colombiana (Colombia, 1996), Drums in the Shadow (Mexico, 1998), Who’s Who in Poetry Colombiana (Colombia, 1998), Twenty-four Colombian poets (Colombia, 2003), -The house without violence and the Colombian peace in the twentieth century (Colombia, 2007), Spanish Poetry Calendar 2008) Poets and Poetry Anthology Colombiana (Venezuela, 2008), selected and foreword by Ivan Beltran.


2.ALICIA PARTNOY is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 people ‘disappeared’ in her country, Argentina. She is best known as the author of The Little School. Tales of Disappearance and Survival that was pualicia-bblished in Argentina in 2006 as La Escuelita. Relatos testimoniales.
Alicia Partnoy served on the boards of directors of PEN, Roadwork, and Amnesty International U.S.A. She is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University. Partnoy presides over Proyecto VOS, Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S. universities.


3. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs’ is a poet, a cultural worker and a literary critic.  She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Occidental College and a French/Spanish/ and bilingual, clear teaching credential K-12, from UGabriella-MCSC.  She is widely published as both an academic and a creative writer.  Dr. Gutiérrez y Muhs has been giving motivational talks and poetry readings to full houses for the last twenty years.  She has lived and worked in a dozen countries and has also traveled extensively throughout her life.
Her poetry has been anthologized in several Latino anthologies.  Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is the author of three books: El Libro de Plástico, Communal Feminisms and A Most Improbable Life, and many opinion pieces and literary articles. She is currently working on finalizing a novel, Fresh as a Lettuce, and editing two academic books: Presumed Incompetent and Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena María Viramontes Critical Reader.
Perhaps one of her biggest sources of pride has been her past work of establishing writing workshops with cannery and field workers in the 1980s and 90s.  She has led writing workshops both for monolingual and bilingual audiences and has been a teacher of literature, language and culture for more than twenty years.
4-Gabriel Rosenstock (Ireland).  is the author/translator of over 150 books., mostly in Irish (Gaelic) HGabriel-Rosenstocke taught haiku at the Schule für Dichtung (Poetry Academy) in Vienna. Among his awards is the Tamgha I Kidmat medal for services to literature. He has translated into Irish, among others, Francisco X. Alarcon, Seamus Heaney, Rabindranath Tagore, Gunter Grass, W M Roggeman, Said, Zhang Ye, Michele Ranchetti, Michael Augustin, Peter Huchel, Georg Trakl, Georg Heym, Hansjorg. Schertenleib, Hilde Domin, Johann P. Tammen, Munir Niazi, Ko Un, Gunter Kunert, Iqbal, Michael Kruger, Kristiina Ehin, Nikola Madzirov, Agnar Artuvertin, Walter Helmut Fritz, K. Satchidanandan and Matthias Politycki.


4-Menna Elfyn (UK). Welsh poet, playwright, columnist, and editor who writes with passion of the Welsh and identity. She has published ten volumes of poetry and a dozen more of children’s books and anthologies. She has also wk-Meenaritten eight plays for stage, six radio plays for BBC, two plays for television as well as writing documentaries for television. Her latest publication is Perffaith Nam/Perfect Blemish, (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), and In Person, Bloodaxe Books, one of 30 poets chosen from around the world by the publisher in 2008 as one of their most successful poets. She also co-edited the Bloodaxe Book of Modern Welsh Poetry. She has won numerous prizes for her work, the most recent of which is a Creative Arts prize to write a book on Sleep. When Menna issued her bilingual selected poems Eucalyptus, (Gwasg Gomer 1995), Tony Conran described her as “the first Welsh poet in 1500 years to have her work known outside Wales”. Her second bilingual volume, Cell Angel (1996), was hailed by the same critic as the most significant collection of Welsh poetry for 40 years. Her most recent collection is a more contemplative volume whose paradoxical title Perffaith Nam/Perfect Blemish (2005) suggests an exploration of imperfection, both within language and within oneself, and the search for completion through the intricacies of writing. Menna Elfyn has travelled the world as poet and teacher and is much in demand; every year, her work takes her to other countries such as the Philippines, Zimbabwe, the Middle East as well as the US. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages including Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Lithuanian. She is Writing Director of Masters Program in Creative Writing at Trinity University College, Carmarthen and a Literary Fellow at Swansea University. Menna lives in Llandysul, and her daughter, Fflur Dafydd, is a successful writer and musician. A columnist with the national newspaper of Wales ‘The Western Mail’ since 1994, she is also Professor of Poetry at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is

A columnist with the national newspaper of Wales ‘The Western Mail’ since 1994, she is also Professor of Poetry at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is President of Wales PEN Cymru.


5-Margus Lattik, better known by his pen-name Mathura, is an Estonian poet and translator. He has published seven collections of poems and a travelogue and is well known in Estonia as a vivid performer. Over the years, he has been nominated to several poetry awards and has taken part in literature festivals mathurain Europe, India and Latin America. His list of translations include “Bhagavad-gita”, Bhartrihari’s “Vairagya-sataka”, Chankaya’s maxims from “Niti-sastra”, as well as poetry of Mirabai and Kunwar Narain. He has also translated contemporary Western authors like Derek Walcott, Dylan Thomas, Ben Okri et al. A book-length selection of his own work has also been published in English (“Presence and other poems”, 2010) and in Spanish (“Mil sueños”, 2011). He is a member of the Estonian Writers Union.


6-Amir Or (Israel). Author of 9 volumes of poetry. His latest publications in Hebrew were The Museum of Time (2007) and Heart Beast amir-13(2010). His poems have been translated into more than 40 languages and published in anthologies, poetry journals and in 10 books in Europe and the U.S. He has published 6 books in English. His collections have also been published in Polish, Romanian, Arabic and Macedonian. He has translated into Hebrew 8 relevant prose and poetry books.
Or is the 2000th recipient of the Pleiades honor for having made “a significant contribution to modern world poetry”. He has won the Bernstein Prize, the Fulbright Award for Writers, the Levi Eshkol Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize, and the Oeneumi literary prize of the Tetovo International Poetry Festival (2010). He has also been awarded fellowships of Iowa University, the Centre of Jewish Studies Oxford, the Literarische Colloquium Berlin, the Heinrich Boll Foundation Ireland, and Hawthornden Castle Scotland, among others. For his translations from ancient Greek he was awarded the Culture Minister Prize. He has taught poetry and gave creative writing workshops at Helicon Poetry School as well as in universities in Israel, Japan the U.S. and Europe. He has published numerous essays on poetry, classic studies, and comparative religion. He co-founded Helicon in 1990 and since then initiated and developed its various projects including Helicon’s poetry journal and its series of poetry books, the Sha’ar” International Poetry Festival, and the Helicon Poetry School. He has served as Helicon’s Chief Editor and Artistic Dirctor, as national editor of Atlas poetry magazine and as national coordinator for the UN sponsored UPC venture “Poets for Peace”.