Ari Sitas is a poet, dramatist, activist and sociologist. He was at the core of the transformation of labour studies, of popular and theatre work and a range of cultural initiatives in South Africa. He has recently been awarded the highest honour bequeathed to South Africans for his scientific and creative work, the order of Mapungubwe. In 2016 he was the inaugural Bhagat Singh Chair at JNU. He was a guest of KLF in 2018 and 2020. His latest creative work, NOtes for an Oratorio on Small Things that Fall was published by Tulika Press in 2020.