Tara sees itself as a space where exceptional writers, artists and designers can explore their concerns. We collaborate with a range of talented people from all over the world, with whom we build long-standing working relationships. Though they all come from very varied backgrounds, we recognize that each of their particular visions goes to shape our programme. Below is a list of the people who have written for us.
Kanchana Arni has taught art & craft at schools in India and Thailand, and has been closely associated with various book projects in tribal and folk-art, in addition to having been curator & acquisitions manager at the Folk-Art gallery in Delhi.
Samhita Arni is our youngest author—we published her version of the great epic The Mahabharatha in 1996, when she was twelve. She is very interested in contemporary politics, as well as maintaining her long-standing interest in mythology, and has since studied film and religion at Mount Holyoke College in the United States.
Sophie Benini Pietromarchi
Sophie is an author and illustrator of children’s books. She was born in Paris and graduated in graphic design and literature from the University of Florence, Italy. Sophie also conducts workshops throughout Europe, encouraging children to explore a wide range of storytelling and illustration techniques.
Shahid Datawala is a designer, photographer and obsessive collector of all manner of curios, and is well known in design circles in India and Europe. Shahid can often be spotted trawling the street markets of Indian cities where, among other things, he has managed to accumulate thousands of matchbox labels.
(V. Geetha on Revolution & Art )
A writer, translator, social historian and activist, V. Geetha is a freelance editor with a number of small research journals. A leading intellectual from Tamil Nadu, she has been active in the Indian women’s movement since 1988, organising workshops and conferences. V. Geetha has written widely, both in Tamil and English, on gender, popular culture, caste, and politics of Tamil Nadu.
Daisy Hasan teaches at the University of Cardiff, Wales. She is a writer and filmmaker, interested in theatre and video films. She writes regularly for national newspapers, acts in street theatre and is currently teaching a course on Bollywood films. The To-Let House is Daisy Hasan’s first novel.
Prof. Sudarshan Khanna heads the Toy Centre for research, evaluation and documentation at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is India’s leading expert on folk and traditional toymaking. He helps keep these traditions alive by passing on his knowledge through workshops with educators and children all over the world.
Nathan Kumar Scott
Born and raised in India of American parents, he has been bridging cultures all of his life. He has a B.A. in anthropology, and an M.A. in South Asian performing arts. Nathan is currently the director of an educational foundation which introduces Indian culture to students from around the world.
Raja Mohanty has written and illustrated ten books, many of them made by his own hand – from adaptations of Chekhov stories to ‘silly tales’ for children. He teaches courses in design and visual arts at the Industrial Design Centre of Mumbai’s IIT, and is involved in several projects on Indian art and cultural traditions.
Perumal Murugan is a well known contemporary Tamil writer whose strong work has won great praise from critics and readers. His writing focuses on life lived in the margins of society, both rural and urban. The experience of ‘untouchability’ is a strong thematic concern with him.
Keiji Nakazawa was seven years old when the bomb fell on Hiroshima, killing his entire family except for himself and his mother. His Barefoot Gen, a semi-autobiographical cartoon story, became a national phenomenon and remains a classic.
Sirish Rao (Read an interview)
Sirish Rao is an exciting new voice in contemporary Indian writing. He has authored 16 books, ranging from novels to children’s books, re-tellings of myths, and collections of pop art. His writing reflects his interest in nature, mountaineering, travel, eccentric people and the oddities of language.
Anushka Ravishankar, a mathematics graduate, has made a name for herself internationally as an Indian children’s writer, with over 10 books of verse, fiction and non-fiction. Her special talent is in the area of nonsense verse, where she brilliantly adapts this difficult genre to Indian English usage, without a false note.
Sara (Read an interview with Sara about Revolution)
Sara is an author and illustrator who has lived and worked in Paris for over thirty years. Sara’s torn-paper technique, which originated as a creative means at a time when she lacked the money to purchase paints or canvas, has been featured in exhibitions across Europe and Asia.
Andreas Steinhoefel was born in Battenberg in 1962 and currently lives and works in Berlin as a translator, screenplay writer for radio and TV, and children’s book author. He is the winner of several of Germany’s book awards including two nominations for the German Youth Literature Prize.
Anja Tuckermann was born in Berlin in 1961, where she continues to live and work as a full-time writer. Anja writes mainly for young adults and is also actively involved in theatre and has written lyrics for musical pieces.
Gita Wolf has written more than 14 award-winning books for children and adults. She was an academic by training before she moved into publishing, with a research focus on comparative literature. She continues to pursue her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object.