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Anil B. Mandhania

Anil B. Mandhania is a Hindi Poet and successful businessman. He is a Plastics Engineer by profession and qualification and a first generation businessman who has established full fledged factory for manufacturing of Innovative PET Bottles and Jars. His clients includes some of the big names in the retail industry.

He is a very passionate poet who mainly writes in Hindi. His two published books , ‘ Mahke Har Jivan’ and Deep Jalte Rahen’ on the subjects of Humanity have  been appreciated and received  by readers very well.

He sings also and  his two CDs have been recorded on the songs of Shri Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and the State of Gujarat.

He is a regular cyclist and an International Traveller who has travelled to more than 40 countries till date. He lives in Ahmedabad with Yoga Teacher wife and retired parents. His lawyer daughter has studied and settled in USA.

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Anil Chavda

Anil Chavda is a young and renowned Gujarati language poet who has received numerous awards from Gujarat and other state governments. For his Ghazal sangrah (collection) Sawar Laine, Delhi Sahitya Academy awarded him with the 'Yuva Gaurav Puraskar' in 2014. For the same sangrah, he was also awarded by the Gujarati Sahitya Academy. He writes the column 'Manni Mausam' in 'Ravi Purti' in the Sunday edition of Sandesh (a Gujarati Daily), and also contributes regularly for the 'Samvedna Samaj', a monthly magazine.

Anil has written many books, notable among them are Savar Laine, Ek Hati Varta, Meaningful Journey, Ambedkar Jivan Ane Chintan, and Vees Pancha. He has also edited books such as Shabd Sathe Maro Sambandh, Prem Vishe, Sukh Dukh Mari Dristiye, Akash Vavnara, and Aachare Te Acharya besides translation of several books.

His poems are a part of the syllabus of Gujarat Secondary Education Board. Anil has read his poetry at the Gujarati Poetry programs in many cities and states in the USA such as California, Dallas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania etc. He also read his poetry at the University of Florida and was a special invitee for the 'Chalo Gujarat-2015' organised in the USA.

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Arthur Duff

Arthur Duff has been appointed as Professor & Area Chair for Furniture Design at CEPT University. He has joined the University in this new role from 1 May 2015.

The new M. Des. in Furniture Design addresses the growing need in the market for designers well versed in industrial methods of furniture design and manufacturing. The program will provide a strong interface between design and industry for preparing professionals who can address the demand for high quality furniture. 

Arthur Duff has over 25 years’ experience in architecture, interior design, and design and manufacturing of furniture and other products. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture (formerly School of Architecture), CEPT University. After completing his studies, he worked for Anant Raje and Kiran Pandya and spent 10 years in India. Returning to Ireland he co-founded the Duff-Tisdall Design Studio where Architecture, Interiors and Furniture design are practiced in an integrated manner.  He also established a manufacturing company to produce in-house designs, and opened a number of retail outlets to sell various designed and commissioned products.
 
Prof. Duff’s commitment to design education is reflected in his years of work as lecturer, advisor and examiner with a number of the main Irish Design institutions. He is past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland (MIDI) and a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (MRIAI). In response to the Irish market crash of 2008 he set up the Malthouse Design Center as a resource base for young designers focusing on bringing their ideas to the market. For several years he represented Ireland at trade missions to Italy and China. He has exhibited in 100% Design on numerous occasions and currently has product on show in the Irish Pavilion, Expo, Milan and in the State Apartments, Dublin Castle.

As the area chair for Furniture Design, Prof. Duff will be responsible for program development, preparing and reviewing curriculum for the program, academic leadership of the area, and mentoring faculty members in the area. He will also interface with internal and external collaborators to develop the program synergistically.

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Bhushan Mehta

Bhushan Mehta is an IT sales professional working with Travizia Infosec Private Ltd. as a Regional Manager (Sales) in Ahmedabad. Passionate about photography, music, and singing, Bhushan also enjoys anchoring art and culture events and aspires to pursue his passion full-time.

His profound understanding of Gujarati literature, music and art has made him a well-known face famous in his community.

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Fariburz Irani

Fariburz Irani
Workshop Coordinator
He is a young literary enthusiast who played a pivotal role in handling the entire parallel workshop department and volunteer management in the first edition of the festival. He is an avid reader, who found solace in books at a young age. He is also a passionate runner, who, after having run quite a few half marathons, is attempting to run a full marathon this year. He will be handling the workshops in the festival.

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JAY MERCHANT

47 Years old  Jay Merchant from Kota, Rajasthan is Theatre, Film & Social Activist and settled in Vadodara, Gujarat.

EDUCATION

 1-Studied in Hindi literature & Theatre at M S University, Baroda.
 2-Theatre in Education (TIE) at NSD Delhi

EXPERIENCE

 1-From past 25 years working as a theatre professional and theatre,film & social activist.
 2-Associated with NCPA  and Prithvi Theatre and Sanjana Kapoor Mumbai for all their theatre workshops, talks and seminar  and teen agers theatre.
 3-Organising theatre & film based national level events, film fest/ clubs across India
 4-Moderating celebrity talks  on a various issues in different colleges of India.
 5-Motivational speaker - working with youth and teen agers in Experimental theatre.
 6-Street Theatre is a super expertise
 7-Working for women and needy children's empowerment, safety and securities as my social responsibilities
 8-Winner of the best writer-director award at state level street play competitions for 4 time in a row..
 9-Worked and shared platforms with film makers / theatre-film actors/Activists like Anurag Kashysp, R.Balki,Sujoy Ghosh,Sriram Raghwan,Zoya Aktar,Homi Adajaniya, Rajeev Masand, Vivek Agnihotri, Javed Akhtar, Piyush Mishra, Tom Alter, Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, Neil Bhupalam, Nandita Das and many more.

HOBBIES / INTERESTS


To keep self fit and fine through GYM & YOGA
 Exploration
 POLITICS,DEBATE on all current affairs
 Active on all possible social media for constructive and productive posts and sharing.

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Kavish Shah

Kavish Shah is a third year student of Business Administration of prestigious Pt. Dindayal Patroleum University, Gandhinagar. As a perfect team man and dependable friend, he is always there for everything and everywhere, whenever needed. He is a budding entrepreneur who has perfect acumen to handle big projects.

He manages the celebrity guests and fund raising activities of the festival. In AILF 2016, he looked after the celebrities like Madhur Bhandarkar and Piyush Mishra very well and was personally appreciated by them for his outstanding management skills and hospitality.

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Manish Patel

Manish Patel is an Electronics Engineer who has vast experience of managing men and machines. He plays major role in managing many social groups and associations in Ahmedabad. He also has been instrumental in managing the affairs of prestigious Kalenji Running Club of Ahmedabad. He is believer of  clinical precision in whatever he does and is also a person of impeccable integrity. He heads the production department of a multinational company.

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Rashmi Goyal

Rashmi Goyal is a management graduate who has vast experience of working and managing the departments of Government and Non-Government organizations. She is a renowned editor and an avid reader. She is working in the publishing division of a reputed NGO. She has edited 'Essence Of Emotions', 'Kuchh Panne Dil Se' and 'LifeNama' anthologies of poems published by Serene Publishers.

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Vikas Yadav

Vikas is a commerce graduate and working in one of the largest IT companies of India. He likes to read fiction in leisure time and writes poetry as well when free. His poem was published in the best selling anthology Life nama published by Serene Publishers. He loves Computers and online work.

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Yogendu Joshi

Yogendu Joshi is a young and promising Gujarati language poet, book publisher, social activist and traveller with passion. Writing Gujarati Gazal is first love and best life time companion.  He also works with Social Groups for encouraging people to use the Gujarati language. Matrubhasha Abhiyan - Pustak ni Parab is one of them. Mobilising users on facebook, he has collated and published three Ghazal Sangarh titled: Laine Agiyarmi Disha (2013), Sangati (2015) & Gazalgadh (2017). He carries unique skills and concepts to promote event on social media. And always try to take out the best things from the social media in terms of gujarati literature. 

Yogendu was a columnist for the two years with Muththi Uncho Gujarati, a local Mumbai-based newspaper. He has participated in many mushayaras across India & has also appeared in television shows. In 2014, he did a solo performance in Dubai for the Gujarati samaj. His poems have been published in many Gujarati newspapers and magazines.

 

By profession Yogendu runs Tatva Power Projects And Associates, a Consultancy firm for MEP & Solar Projects in Ahmedabad. You can approach him on www.tatvapowerprojects.com

 

 

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