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Kala Ramesh

Founder and Director

A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kala Ramesh is the Director of Triveni Gurukulam Mentorship Program 2021; editor-in-chief of the award-winning Naad Anunaad: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (2016); author of Haiku! an illustrated children’s book from Katha 2010. Her book Beyond the Horizon Beyond was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2019). Published by HarperCollins India, the forest I know, is her latest book.


An external faculty member of Symbiosis International University Pune, Kala has been teaching the 60-hour haikai course since 2012. To bring haiku into everyday spaces, she initiated several projects and organised eight haikai utsavs in India. 

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Geethanjali Rajan

Founding Member

Geethanjali Rajan teaches English and Japanese in Chennai. She has been writing haiku for around eighteen years and is drawn towards the deep and wide possibilities of the form. She writes haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka and enjoys the collaborative writing of linked verse. Her poems have appeared in online journals and many print anthologies.

She conducts workshops and engages in discussions to help create interest in haiku and allied forms. Her interests include music, books and Japanese calligraphy. She currently serves as editor of haiku at cattails (UHTS). She is also an editor on the team of Café Haiku.

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K. Ramesh

Founding Member

K. Ramesh writes haiku and other Japanese forms of poetry. His poems have appeared in haiku anthologies and magazines published in India and abroad. Some of his works have appeared in Presence, The Heron’s Nest, Mainichi, Mayfly, Acorn, Wednesday Haiku (Lilliput Review), Modern Haiku, Bottle Rockets, Frogpond, Wales Haiku Journal, The Mamba and NKH (Haiku Masters), Narrow Road, Contemporary Hibun Online and Sonic Boom


Author of Soap Bubbles (2007, Red Moon Press); From Pebble to Pebble (2014, Authors Press India); A small tree of tender leaves (2020, Cinnamon Teal). 

Currently, Ramesh teaches at Pathashaala, a residential J Krishnamurti School, located near Chengalpattu. 

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Kashinath Karmakar

Founding Member

Kashinath Karmakar (kash poet) lives in Durgapur, India.

 

An electrical engineer by profession, poetry is his passion. He published his first book of English poetry Within my Dream in 2017. He found a special interest in Japanese short forms of poetry. His works on Japanese short poetry have appeared in various online and print journals like Frogpond, Tinywords, The Heron's Nest, Prune Juice and Creatrix

 

Over the years he has won many international haiku contests, including the Kusamakura Haiku Contest. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of Indian Kukai.

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Paresh Tiwari

Founding Member

A Pushcart Prize nominee, Paresh Tiwari has worked as an independent curator, editor and cartoonist. Raindrops chasing Raindrops, his second collection of poetry was awarded the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award by the Haiku Society of America in the year 2017.

 

He is the serving haibun editor of the online literary magazine Narrow Road. Paresh has read his works at various literature festivals, cafés, theatres and galleries and has conducted haibun workshops at venues across India in an attempt to dismantle the boundaries that keep the various forms of poetry and literature from sharing the same spaces.

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Pravat Kumar Padhy

Founding Member

Pravat Kumar Padhy holds an MSc and a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, ISM Dhanbad. His haiku have won several awards – The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Award, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Invitational Award, IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Award, and others. His haiku are featured at Mann Library, Cornell University. 

 

His poem “How Beautiful” is included in the undergraduate syllabus at the university level. His tanka is featured in Kudo Resource Guide, University of California, Berkeley.

 

He is nominated as the panel judge of ‘The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Awards’, USA, and is on the editorial board, ‘Under the Basho’.

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Rohini Gupta

Founding Member

Rohini Gupta is a writer and teacher who lives by the sea in Mumbai, India, surrounded by trees, cats, dogs, crows, books, coffee shops and a sprawling metropolitan city. She has published many books, writes haiku, fiction and nonfiction and is an editor with World Haiku Review and Cafe Haiku.

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Sanjuktaa Asopa

Founding Member

Sanjuktaa Asopa has been writing haiku and related genres for more than a decade now. Her work has been published in many well-known online and print journals that have fetched her a few awards as well along the way. She lives an extremely ordinary life in Belgaum,  a city in the southern region of India.

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Shloka Shankar

Founding Member

Shloka Shankar is a poet, editor, publisher, and visual artist from Bangalore, India. She enjoys experimenting with Japanese short-forms and myriad found poetry techniques alike. A 'Best of the Net' nominee and award-winning haiku poet, her poems and artwork have appeared in over 200 online and print venues of repute. In addition, she has edited and co-edited six international poetry anthologies since 2016. 


Shloka is the Founding Editor of Sonic Boom and its imprint Yavanika Press. When she isn't poring over manuscripts, you can find her making abstract art, digital collages, or conducting poetry workshops.

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Iqra Raza

Youth Wing

Iqra Raza is a research scholar at the department of English, Ashoka University. Other than haiku, her creative output includes free verse poetry, paintings and pencil sketches. Her work stems from deeply personal experiences as a woman belonging to a minority constantly at the threat of becoming a political non-entity. She has won three international awards for her haiku and free-verse and has been published extensively in journals and anthologies, both in India and abroad.  She also takes an active interest in critical writing and academic research. 

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Ishaan Singh Sarna

Youth Wing

Ishaan Singh Sarna is a high school senior at Delhi Public School, RK Puram. Ever since he was introduced to haikai literature in 2017, he has developed a penchant for all things poetic. He writes haiku, haibun, and tanka and his work has been published in many online journals, such as Under the Basho, Femku Mag, and Narrow Road. He also takes interest in mental health advocacy and research. 

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Shreya Narang

Youth Wing

Shreya Narang is an undergraduate student of English Honors at MCM College, Chandigarh. She has got many haiku, free verse poetry and short stories published in various national and international journals. Writing about "the things that are so common but rarely noticed", she is intrigued by the magic that the "words can spin". She aspires to be an ambassador of positive change in the ways of the world.

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Rohan Kevin Broach

Web Designer and Developer

Rohan Kevin Broach is a B.Tech (CSE) graduate from Delhi. He is a programmer, web-designer, filmmaker, photographer, and poet, among many other things. He loves to solve the Rubik's cubes, make puns, and eat biryani whenever he gets the opportunity. Rohan is also a published haiku poet and has won prizes at various literary events.

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