Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, essayist, cultural theorist and independent curator based in Bombay, India. He is the author of fifteen books. These include studies on art and artists: Pilgrim, Exile, Sorcerer: The Painterly Evolution of Jehangir Sabavala (Bombay: Eminence, 1998), The Complicit Observer: The Art of Sudhir Patwardhan (Bombay: Sakshi/ Eminence, 2004)), and The Crafting of Reality: Sudhir Patwardhan, Drawings (Bombay: The Guild, 2008). Hoskote is also the author of five collections of poetry: Zones of Assault (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 1991), The Cartographer's Apprentice (Bombay: Pundole Art Gallery, 2000), The Sleepwalker's Archive (Bombay: Single File, 2001) and Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems, 1985-2005 (Delhi: Penguin, 2006), and in German translation, Die Ankunft der Vögel (Munich: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). Hoskote was a Fellow of the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, USA (1995). He has also held a writing residency at the Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003). A recipient of the Sanskriti Award for Literature (1996), Hoskote was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award by India's National Academy of Letters (2004), and received the S H Raza Award for Literature (2006).
Avaan Patel's roles include Carol in David Mamet's Oleanna and Irina Arkadina in Chekhov's The Seagull. She has directed Meher Pestonji's Piano for Sale and Genet's The Maids. Her short play The Journey was published in the PEN Journal, and a reading of her adaptation of Pushkin's The Queen of Spades was performed at the Russian Cultural Centre in Mumbai. She is a graduate of Trinity Rep Conservatory, Providence, RI.