I. Kritya, the Trust


Trust Registration No. 23/2007, Trivandrum, Kerala- Kritya is a Trust established to widen the scope and reach of global literature, arts and culture. It seeks to be accessible through translation, publication, performance, interaction and exchange of literary ideas among various languages and cultures. Kritya was formally registered as a trust in January 2007.


The Organization of Kritya
Patron-

Late Dr. K. Ayyappa Paniker- was an influential Malayalam poet, literary critic, and an academic and a scholar in modern and post-modern literary theories as well as ancient Indian aesthetics and literary traditions. He was one of the pioneers of modernism in Malayalam poetry, where his seminal works like Kurukshethram (1960), considered a turning point in Malayalam poetry, Ayyappapanikkarude Krithikal and Chintha and several essays were an important influence on the playwrights of his generation.

In an academic career which ran in consonance with his literary one, and spanned four decades, he taught in various colleges and universities before retiring as the Director, Institute of English, University of Kerala. He published over 25 works, translated several important work to Malayalam, including Guru Granth Sahib and a book in French; as a scholarly editor he produced numerous anthologies on Indian literature, he was the chief editor of the Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literary Encyclopaedia. Another important work by him Indian Narratology, published by IGNCA, was the first of its kind to study various forms of the art of narration, in Indian literature, starting with Vedic and oral literature to Buddhist and contemporary literature.
 


The Trustees


Rati Saxena –( Managing Trustee)  is a poet, translator, editor and director of the Kritya International Poetry festival since 2005. She has published 7 collections of poetry: two collections of poetry in English, one bilingual book of poems and four collections of her own poems in Hindi. She has a critical work in Hindi on the renowned Malayalam poet Balamani Amma. Her recent books are Everything Is Past Tense, a memoir of Ayyappa Paniker and a travelogue in Hindi titled Cheenti ke Par (Ant's Wings). Her poems have been translated into most of the non-Indian languages including as Chinese, Spanish, Italian and Turkish. Her two poetry books have also been translated into and published in Malayalam. One of her books has been translated and published in Italian and the translation of her poems in the Uzbek language is under publication. Her work on the Atharvaveda entitled The Seeds of the Minds was published under the fellowship of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. The Seeds of the Minds offers a fresh approach to the study of Atharvaveda. She has translated 15 books from Hindi, twelve books from Malayalam, two books from Norwegian and one from the Welsh language. Saxena has participated in several national seminars and published articles in a number of journals. She received the Kendriya Sahitya Akedemy award for translation in the year 2000. She is the Chief Editor of Kritya, an online and bilingual journal of poetry and also a managing trustee of a literary foundation called Kritya. The Kritya foundation led by Saxena has organized 7 poetry festivals (four international and two national festivals). She has been invited for poetry readings in prestigious poetry festivals such as PoesiaPresente in Monza (Italy), Mediterranea Festival, the International House of Stavanger (Norway), Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia, the 3rd höfleiner donauweiten poesiefestival in Vienna, the famous poetry festival in Medellin (Colombia) and the Siir poetry festival in Turkey. She was also invited to other poetry festivals like The IX International Poetry Festival in Granada (2013). Saxena is one of the founding members and representatives from Asia for the World Poetry Movement which started in Medellin.


DR. V.P. MOHAMMED KUNJU Mettaru (Trustee) is a Professor and former Dean of Faculty of Oriental Studies and a former member of the Syndicate at the University of Kerala. Dr. Mettaru knows several languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu and English. He also has practical knowledge of Sanskrit, Arabic and Dutch. He has published more than 300 papers in standard journals in Hindi, Malayalam and English. He has a number of books to his credit, including Adhunik Hindi Ka Srot: Naya Chintan (1986) Dakhini Hindi Ka Sufi Sahitya (1988) Masnavi Kadam Rao Padam Rao, Arya Prakashan Mandal (1990), Dakhini Hindi Bhasha Aur Sahitya (1994),Shantivahak Nabi (1994), Adhunik Hindi Ka Srot; Nav Chintan (Revised and enlarged edition) (2002) and Irshadnama (2002). Dr. Mettaru has received a number of awards for his literary works, including the Rashtra Bhasha Parishad Award(1982), the Hindi Writers Awards of Central Hindi Directorate (1987), the Acharya Ramachandra Sukla Award (1996) the Sammelan Samman (prize), the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (2002) and the Rajbhasha Gaurav Samman (2003 & 2004).
Retierd Professor of Hindi in Institute of distance education of Kerala Karyavattom, Trivandrum until 2006, worked as Guest proffesor in Muslim Aligarh University , Aligarh from 2009 to 2011, right now working as prinicipal of center of Muslim Youth andminority welfair, kerala Government. Also getting pention from the University. Managing Trustee and sacratary kritya from 2007 onward till to date.


• Ms. Shalbha (Trustee) 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 & 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.



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 the 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. He joined Kritya as a trustee on 30.6.2011.


 


Dr. S. Thankamoni Amma- she has 37 years of teaching experience (6 years government colleges of Kerala and 31 years in the University of Kerala). She was previously a professor and Head of the Hindi Department at University of Kerala. Dr. Amma was also previously the Dean of Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Kerala. She has supervised nearly 30 PhD research students. A translator and critic, Dr. Amma has published 8 books of translation and three books of criticism. She has also edited a number of books. She has published a number of articles and translations in various Indian journals. Dr. Amma has received a number of awards including the Chandra Hasan Award, Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan puraskar, Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya award, Sahitya Shree, Vishisht Hindi Seva Puraaskar, Vishva Hindi samman, Rahul Sankratyayan Puraskar and the Sahitya Vachaspati. She is a member of advisory boards in a number of prestigious institutes. She joined Kritya as trustee on 18.2.2013.
 


Board of Directors and Advisory board

Dr. Rati Saxena (Managing Trustee Festival Director, Accountant & Editor of Kritya journals) is a poet, translator, editor and director of the Kritya International Poetry festival since 2005. She has published 7 collections of poetry: two collections of poetry in English, one bilingual book of poems and four collections of her own poems in Hindi. She has a critical work in Hindi on the renowned Malayalam poet Balamani Amma. Her recent books are Everything Is Past Tense, a memoir of Ayyappa Paniker and a travelogue in Hindi titled Cheenti ke Par (Ant's Wings). Her poems have been translated into most of the non-Indian languages including Chinese, Spanish, Italian and Turkish. Her two poetry books have also been translated into and published in Malayalam. One of her books has been translated and published in Italian and the translation of her poems in the Uzbek language is under publication. Her work on the Atharvaveda entitled The Seeds of the Minds was published under the fellowship of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. The Seeds of the Minds offers a fresh approach to the study of Atharvaveda. She has translated 15 books from Hindi, twelve books from Malayalam, two books from Norwegian and one from the Welsh language. Saxena has participated in several national seminars and published articles in a number of journals. She received the Kendriya Sahitya Akedemy award for translation in the year 2000. She is the Chief Editor of Kritya, an online and bilingual journal of poetry and also a managing trustee of a literary foundation called Kritya. The Kritya foundation led by Saxena has organized 7 poetry festivals (four international and two national festivals). She has been invited for poetry readings in prestigious poetry festivals such as PoesiaPresente in Monza (Italy), Mediterranea Festival, the International House of Stavanger (Norway), Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia, the 3rd höfleiner donauweiten poesiefestival in Vienna, the famous poetry festival in Medellin (Colombia) and the Siir poetry festival in Turkey. She was also invited to other poetry festivals like The IX International Poetry Festival in Granada (2013). Saxena is one of the founding members and representatives from Asia for the World Poetry Movement which started in Medellin.


• Dr. V.P. Mohammed Kunju Mettaru (General Secretary) is a Professor and former Dean of Faculty of Oriental Studies and a former member of the Syndicate at the University of Kerala. Dr. Mettaru knows several languages including Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu and English. He also has practical knowledge of Sanskrit, Arabic and Dutch. He has published more than 300 papers in standard journals in Hindi, Malayalam and English. He has a number of books to his credit, including Adhunik Hindi Ka Srot: Naya Chintan (1986) Dakhini Hindi Ka Sufi Sahitya (1988) Masnavi Kadam Rao Padam Rao, Arya Prakashan Mandal (1990), Dakhini Hindi Bhasha Aur Sahitya (1994),Shantivahak Nabi (1994), Adhunik Hindi Ka Srot; Nav Chintan (Revised and enlarged edition) (2002) and Irshadnama (2002). Dr. Mettaru has received a number of awards for his literary works, including the Rashtra Bhasha Parishad Award(1982), the Hindi Writers Awards of Central Hindi Directorate (1987), the Acharya Ramachandra Sukla Award (1996) the Sammelan Samman (prize), the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (2002) and the Rajbhasha Gaurav Samman (2003 & 2004).


•Dr. Jayasree Ramakrishnan Nair (Editor of English Kritya journal and co-organizer of the annual festival) is a freelance editor and translator. She is also a senior Associate Editor of Samyukta, a Journal of Women's Studies. Dr. Nair is presently working as a Senior Editor at Oregon Technologies, Nanthencode, Thiruvananthapuram. She has co-ordinated a project on Women and Health, focusing on the physical and mental health of women. Her findings written in collaboration with Dr. Hema R. Nair were published under the title of 'Engendering Health - A Brief History of Women's Involvement in Health Issues'. In addition to translation work, her creative pursuits include writing poetry and painting. She has translated four plays of Shakespeare into Malayalam, which were published by D.C. Books, Kottayam, 2000. The short stories she has translated have appeared in Samakalika Bharathiya Cherukathakal, an anthology of Contemporary Indian Short Stories in translation (published by the Sahitya Akademi, 1995). She has also translated and published Walt Whitman's poems into Malayalam. Her areas of interest are Translation Studies, Folklore Studies, Shakespeare Studies and Women's Studies. She is also the editor of Kritya 2012 festival book “Dooreyanennal Oppam,” published by Kerala Sahitya Akademi.

• 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 & 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.


.Dr. S. Thankamoni Amma (Technical and Academic) has 37 years of teaching experience (6 years government colleges of Kerala and 31 years in the University of Kerala). She was previously a professor and Head of the Hindi Department at University of Kerala. Dr. Amma was also previously the Dean of Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Kerala. She has supervised nearly 30 PhD research students. A translator and critic, Dr. Amma has published 8 books of translation and three books of criticism. She has also edited a number of books. She has published a number of articles and translations in various Indian journals. Dr. Amma has received a number of awards including the Chandra Hasan Award, Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan puraskar, Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya award, Sahitya Shree, Vishisht Hindi Seva Puraaskar, Vishva Hindi samman, Rahul Sankratyayan Puraskar and the Sahitya Vachaspati. She is a member of advisory boards in a number of prestigious institutes.

Finance Committee

FUNCTIONS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE

i. The Finance Committee shall consider the budget estimates of the Council and make recommendations thereon to the Governing Body.


Rati Saxena (Managing Trustee)
DR. V.P. Mohammed Kunju Mettaru (General Secretary)
Dr. Pradeep Kumar (Trustee)
Mr. Suresh Babu (Charted Accountant)
And all the trustees of the Kritya trust

 

Advisory Board  


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