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Umapagan Ampikaipakan

Umapagan Ampikaipakan

Producer/Host, BFM Radio, Malaysia

Umapagan Ampikaipakan is a journalist and cultural commentator. You can find him almost everywhere - on print and podcasts, on radio and television - where he contemplates everything from the idiosyncrasies of Malaysian politics to his unnatural obsession with the written word. Blessed with a critic’s pen and a reader’s enthusiasm, Uma (as he is fondly known), is one of Malaysia's foremost literary voices. His long-running radio show, Bookmark on BFM89.9, is the only show of its kind in the country on all things book-related.

Uma is also a film critic with At the Movies (now Malaysia's most downloaded movie podcast) and the co-host of BFM89.9's drive time radio show, The Evening Edition.   And when he's not doing all of that, Uma also runs The Cooler Lumpur Festival, KL's yearly gathering of literary minds and thought leaders and Asia’s first and only festival of ideas.