Festival Selection Committee

Kotravai (Selection committee member)

Kotravai is an actress and writer who mostly works in Tamil films. She rose to prominence for her performance as Helen in the Bachelor movie starring GV Prakash in the lead role. Kotravai is also a blogger who writes short stories on her self-titled blog. Her story Death’s Lips became a huge hit. She worked as the assistant director in the serial Thoduvanam serial.

Kotravai, a writer-translator based in Chennai is known for her alternate thoughts about the Social Issues and its root cause. She has written over 50 articles in Tamil disseminating knowledge on the inequality and injustice system that prevails across the world in Marxist Focus. She believes in questioning everything what has been told over thousands of years and firmly affirms that Marxism gave her the enlightenment to view the problems of the human kind. She has translated four books in Tamil, 2 books that analyze Resolution for Caste Question and 1 book on Rosa Luxemburg a communist Revolutionary and the other one is Uzhaikum Magalir, a manifesto for the emancipation of Women written by Krupskaya, life partner of Lenin.

She is known for her outspoken and daring talks on TV shows and in protests. As her name suggests, she is fearless and says her name denotes that. Yes in her words “Nirmala becoming Kotravai is not just a name change”!

It is a metamorphosis! An ignorant, humiliated, rejected, failed girl becoming a writer known to be holding a sword instead of pen is not an ordinary journey!

She hates to be called as Feminist and her bio says! Female by Sex! not by ‘Gender’. Mother! out of motherhood Not just Feminist! but Marxist.

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Daksha Dayal ( Selection committee member)

Daksha Dayal is a costume designer, who started her career with Dishyum and has worked for a range of films like Thalaimagan, Pirivom Santhippom, Mozhi, Vellithirai, Viswasam, Poo, Psyco, Annathe, and Jannal Oram, to name a few. Currently, she has acted in many films.

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S.Elangovan ( Selection committee member)

  • Name : S. Elangovan
  • Date of Birth : 30.08.1960 (61 years)
  • Education :
  1. Diploma in Fine Arts (DFA) (Drawing, Painting)
  2. Five year course at Government college of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam. (1979-1984.)
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDFA) one year course at Government college of Fine Arts, Chennai. (1984-1985).

Stint with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore as an Artist cum Photographer, various book illustrations, Book wrapper designs, posters, chart preparations, visual aids, outdoor photography, Indoor works, etc.,

Retired / Superannuation from service in August 2018. Oil painting, Portraits, Landscapes and Applications. At present I am teaching Fine Art, Basic Pencil Sketching, water coloring, still life painting, story board sketching, Art direction works. Resource person in various College Viscom departments.

Teaching Basic pencil sketching for Human Anatomy, textile design to the costume and Fashion design, motivate as introduce the young minds for the world movies, great directors, and their techniques, starting movie clubs, Act as judge of Art competitions and short movies.