Chatura Rao is a children and adult fiction author and a journalist. She graduated in English Literature from Sophia College for Women in Mumbai and completed a Design in Education master’s degree from the Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. She is a visiting faculty at the latter.
Her journalistic writing centres around community practices and gender, and her articles have won regional and national awards for gender-sensitive reporting. Her children’s picture book, Gone Grandmother, won a Hindu Young World-Goodbooks award in 2017. The Sweet Shop Wars won the Neev Book Award, 2023 in the Emerging Readers category.
She enjoys writing stories for alternative education spaces, for children from pastoral, tribal, and artisan communities. She develops these through research and co-creation with community members.
Chatura has served as the Festival Director of the Chandigarh Children’s Literature Festival since 2014.