Neela Bhagwat is a classical khayal singer of the Gwalior gharana. She holds Master’s degrees in Marathi, Sanskrit and Sociology, and attempts to interpret medieval saint-poetry in the contemporary context and in humanitarian terms.
Jerry Pinto is the author of the novels Murder in Mahim and Em and the Big Hoom, and the non-fiction book Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb. He has also translated the autobiographies, Baluta by Daya Pawar and Strike a Blow to Change the World (Jag Badal Ghaaluni Ghaav) by Eknath Awad; the memoirs I Want to Destroy Myself (Mala Udhvasta Vhachay) by Malika Amar Shaikh, and I, the Salt Doll (Mee Mithaachi Baahuli) by Vandana Mishra; Baburao Bagul’s short-story collection When I Hid My Caste (Jevha Mee Jaat Chorli Hoti); and the novels Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar and Half-Open Windows (Khidkya Ardhya Ughadya) by Ganesh Matkari. Jerry Pinto is the recipient of, among other honours, the Sahitya Akademi Award and Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize.