Mani Rao - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)

Sessions

Day 1
12:30 pm
Lawns

Meter and Magic: Poetry Readings

Amir Or, Anupama Raju, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Mamta Sagar, Mani Rao, Ranjit Hoskote and Ruth Padel

Day 2
10:00 am
Poolside

Idols

Amish Tripathi and Bhavna Roy with Mani Rao

Day 2
1:00 pm
The Blue Couch

Father Maybe an Elephant…

Gogu Shyamala with Mani Rao

Bio

Dr. Mani Rao is the author of twelve poetry books, three books in translation from Sanskrit including the just-released Bhagavad Gita:God’s Song (HarperCollins 2023), Saundarya Lahari (HarperCollins 2022) and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader (Aleph Books), and an academic book, Living Mantra: Mantra, Deities and Visionary Experience (Cham Springer, 2019). After working in advertising and television in Mumbai and Hong Kong for 20 years, she returned to academics to pursue her interests in poetry and early Indian knowledge, and did an MFA from UNLV, USA, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University, USA. Mani has held writing residencies at Iowa International Writing Program, Omi Ledig House NY, and IPSI Canberra; her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the poetry translations editor of The Bombay Literary Magazine. She lives in Bangalore and Puttaparthi.