Jaya Ramchandani is a science educator, entrepreneur, and curator, with experience teaching physics and general science to students and adults alike. She is a co-founder of The Story Of Foundation (www.thestoryof.org) that creates informal and accessible learning opportunities across science, philosophy, art, and culture, and also co-founded Sirius Interactive (siriusinteractive.co.in), a language solutions provider for researchers. Jaya has been involved in a number of innovative science education projects such as UNAWE's Universe in a Box (www.unawe.org), AstroEdu (astroedu.iau.org), a peer-reviewed astronomy education platform, and, more recently, Sublime’s Teaching for Artistic Innovation program (tfai.in) as a curriculum designer. She is a proponent of interdisciplinary approaches to learning, with a special interest in encouraging dialogue and partnerships between multiple stakeholders to impact education policy. Jaya will soon be joining UWC ISAK Japan as a physics teacher for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 94 Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world.
Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he was a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Lord Bilimoria is the Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, for the 2017-18 academic year.
Playwright, Novelist, Architect and Director
Makarand Sathe has been writing novels, plays and serious articles for last two and half decades. His has written plays like ‘ Charshe Koti Visarbhole’, ‘Roman Samrajyachi Padzad’, ’ Thombya’, ‘Surya Pahilela Manus’, ‘ Sapatnekarache mool’, 'Chowk', Te Pudhe Gele', 'Ashadh Bar' etc. and novels like ‘Achyut Athawale Ani Athawan’, ‘Operation Yamu’ and 'Kale Rahasya' in Marathi. Many well- known groups and eminent directors in Marathi have produced his plays. He has directed many of his own plays, which have been performed at national and international festivals.
His writing expresses his wide range of concerns, from the socio-political scenario of today, to the philosophical aspects of time and space, from human existence and ethics, to the impact of science and technology on the post-modern society and the absurdity in the modern urban life. He is known for his different sense of humor, which is considered sui generis in Marathi theatre and fiction. His plays and novels are considered as trend setters.
Many of his plays have been translated and published or performed in languages like English, French, Russian, Hindi, Kannada, Urdu, Bengali etc. The English translations of two of his plays have been published by Seagull Books, Calcutta in English. His novels too have been translated in other languages like English, Kannada, etc. English translation of one of novels, 'The Man Who Tried to Remember', is published by Viking-Penguin. One of his plays - Chowk - has been translated into French and its stage readings were given in France and Belgium by a Beligian theatre group, sponsored by BOZAR, the National Centre of Fine Arts, Belgium, and it has been published by , Les Solitaires Intempestifs, France. His play Te Pudhe Gele is published in Russian by 'Smert' v Maharashtre. Voobrazheniey, vospriyatie, voplosheniye'. (Moscow: Natalis, 2012. (Death in Maharashtra. Imagination, Perception and Expression).
'Marathi Rangabhoomichya Tees Ratree' - A 3 volume (1750 pages)socio-political history of Marathi theatre written by him, for which he had received a fellowship from India Foundation for the Arts, Banglore, was published in 2011 to much acclaim. This has now been translated in English and published by Oxford University Press.
He has been conferred many fellowships, the most recent being National Fellowship by Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, in 2015. He has also received IFA fellowship twice. His novels and plays have received many awards like ‘Deenanath Mangeshkar award, ‘Natyadarpan’ award, Maharashtra foundation award, ‘Kalagaurav; award,’. S.J. Joshi Award’ for Best Novel ,’ H. N. Apte Award’, ‘Baba Padmanji Award’, ‘Balraj sahani award’, Gangadhar Gadgil award, 'Keshavrao Kothavale award' etc.
He has edited an omnibus of Tendulkar's writings. He is currently editing a book of critical essays on Tendulkar for National school of Drama, New Delhi.
A feature film based on his play, ’Sapatnekarache Mool’ was produced in 1998 ( Directed by Mr. Soumitra Ranade). The script and dialogues were written by Makarand Sathe. He has written the script and taken the interviews of the documentary film – Tendulkar Aani Himsa, Kal Aani Aaj. He directed his first documentary ‘Samadhan Ityadi’ in 2007 which has been selected for international video festivals in competitive section.
Makarand Sathe has written many articles on varied subjects like theatre, literature, sociology, philosophy and Architecture. Two volumes of his selected essays are under publication. He has been invited to give lectures in Europe at Heidelberg University.
He participated in Ford Foundation supported Playwright’s Development Program- a workshop conducted by Theatre Academy, Pune. He has designed sets for more than a dozen productions for different directors. He is fluent in three languages : Marathi, English and Hindi.
He is on the selection panel of Pune International Film Festival. He has been associated with the Dept. of Performing Arts ( Lalit Kala Kendra), University of Pune.
Makarand Sathe is an Architect and designer by profession. After practicing as an Architect for more than twenty years he has now become a full time writer. He generally lives in Pune with his wife Dr. Dhanmanjiri, who is an economist working in University of Pune as Head of the Dept. of Economics.
Sudhir Patwardhan is a painter whose work has been exhibited regularly in India and abroad in the past forty years. He is an occasional writer and lecturer on art, and also a curator who has focused on introducing new audiences to contemporary art. A retrospective exhibition of his works 'Hamsafar', opens at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal on February 13th 2018. Other one-person exhibition include 'Spectres' at Mumbai and Vadehra Art Gallery, 2017, Delhi; ‘Route Maps’ in 2012 at The Guild, Mumbai; 'Family Fiction' in 2011, and 'Citing the City' in 2008 at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. Participations in important group exhibitions include Kochi Muzris Biennale 2014-2015; 'Seven Decades of Indian Drawing' at IGNCA New Delhi; ‘Social Fabric’ at INIVA, London; and IFA -Galerie Stuttgart, Germany,2013 and Modernist Art from India, Rubin Museum, New York. 2012.
Two books on his work by Ranjit Hoskote have been published - 'The Complicit Observer' (2004) and 'The Crafting of Reality' (2007). A monograph in Marathi by Padmakar Kulkarni 'Chitrakar Sudhir Patwardhan' was published in 2005.
Patwardhan’s works are in the permanent collection of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai; Roopankar Museum, Bhopal; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA and other public collections.
He lives and works in Thane, near Mumbai.