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 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
K. Satchidanandan ( Malayalam )is a major Indian poet and critic, writing in Malayalam and in English. Satchidanandan has established himself as an academician, 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.
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, Uzbek, 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.
Art Director –
Edina Barna-is a Government of India scholarship holder designer, digital artist, alternative photographer.She is the founder-owner of EdinArts – ’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.