AUTHOR BIO

Writer, traveller, and photographer; Shivaji Das is the author of ‘Off the Beaten Track: Collecting Stories of Unheard Lives,’ Yoda Press (under publication), ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia,’ and ‘Sacred Love: Erotic art in the temples of Nepal,’ Mandala Publications/ Adarsh Books. Shivaji is the conceptualizer and lead organizer for the acclaimed Migrant and Refugee Poetry Contests in Singapore and Malaysia and for the Global Migrant Festival

 

Shivaji’s writings and work with migrants have been published in journals and shows such as TIME, The Economist, BBC, South China Morning Post, Reuters, Asian Geographic, Venture Mag, Jakarta Post, The Straits Times, Daily Nation (Kenya), Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Conscious Magazine, PanaJournal, Freethinker, etc.  He has been featured in literary festivals in Botswana, Japan, Singapore, Georgetown (Malaysia), Cebu (The Philippines), and Hyderabad (India). He has given talks on topics ranging from Travel Writing, Humour, and Migrant issues. His photographs in collaboration with his wife, Yolanda Yu, have been exhibited in the Darkroom Gallery, Vermont (USA), Kuala Lumpur International Photography Festival (Malaysia), the Arts House (Singapore), and the National Library (Singapore).

 

Shivaji Das was born and brought up in the north-eastern province of Assam in India. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, subsequent to which he completed his post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. He is presently working in Singapore as the Managing Director - APAC at Frost & Sullivan.

 

作家和社会活动家希瓦吉。达斯,印度人,现居新加坡,职业管理咨询。曾出版作品“毛虫同游记”,一本诙谐风格的旅游手记,讲述了在印尼的两个神秘岛屿弗洛雷斯和松巴的旅行经历。本书也鲜活地再现了当地原始土著独特的祭典仪式和日常生活。

 

此次旅行的摄影作品集曾在新加坡国立图书馆和艺术之家独立展出,其中一些也在吉隆坡摄影节上展出。另外一组摩洛哥摄影作品集也多次在新加坡独立展出。

 

希瓦吉热心社会活动,2015年在新加坡组织孟加拉民工诗歌大赛,活动由多家新闻媒体报道:海峡时报,联合早报,BBC,Channel News Asia。前新加坡外交大使并多位本地著名诗人也参加了该活动。目前希瓦吉正着手筹办马来西亚民工诗歌大赛。

 

希瓦吉热爱旅行,每到一地皆与当地人深入交流,尤其喜欢同各地的学生有接触和了解的机会,也为旅行本身添上多彩的一笔。目前为止,他在多国机构举办过讲座,其中包括新加坡国立图书馆,印尼驻巴西大使馆,新加坡国立大学(NUS),新加坡国家管理大学(SMU),马来亚大学(UM),中国西安外国语学会,摩洛哥卡迪阿亚大学(Cadi Ayyad University),菲律宾大学宿雾分校(University Philippines, Cebu),印尼玛琅大学(State University of Malang),印尼玛都拉-斯泰因大学(Stain University of Madura)

 

APPEARANCES IN LITERARY FESTIVALS

2018:

Japan Writers Conference, Otaru, Japan:

  • Workshop on Travel Writing

Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore:

  • The Sensual World of Nepalese Temple Art: Classroom Series Talk

  • The Idea of "Authenticity" in Travel-Writing: Panel

  • Short Short Stories by Migrant Workers: A Reading  - Moderator

 

Hyderabad Literary Festival, Hyderabad, India:

  • Workshop on Travel Writing

Makassar Int. Writers Festival, Indonesia

  • Talks and Panels

2017:

Japan Writers Conference, Tokyo, Japan:

  • Talk on 'Non-Required Travel: Collecting stories of unheard lives'

Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore:

  • Classroom lecture on 'Travel Writing in the age of Instagram'

  • Moderator & Curator for 'In their own words: Migrant Worker Poets'

  • Moderator for the panel 'Speaking for the Voiceless'

George Town Literary Festival, Penang, Malaysia:

  • Launch of 'Angels by the Murky River'

ASEAN Literary Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia:

  • Travel Writing Workshop

  • Panelist for 'More than a travel story'

Cebu Literary Festival, Cebu, The Philippines:

  • Launch of 'Angels by the Murky River'

Maitisong Festival, Gabarone, Botswana:

  • Launch of 'Angels by the Murky River'

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