Shobhana Kumar - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Day 1
1:00 pm
The Blue Couch

What if the Whole Sky were Yours?

Shobhana Kumar and Srilata K

Day 1
4:15 pm

Fire Bird and Beyond

Perumal Murugan, winner of the JCB Prize 2023 with Mita Kapur and Shobhana Kumar

Day 2
2:45 pm
Tennis Court

I, Salma

Salma with Shobhana Kumar and Srilata K


Shobhana’s book of haibun, A Sky Full of Bucket Lists, (Red River in 2021), is the recipient of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2021-2022, and The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, 2021, Honourable Mention, instituted by The Haiku Foundation, USA. She has two books of poetry published by Writers Workshop. She is a memoirist, biographer and chronicler of regional histories and people with eight published works.

K. Srilata and Shobhana Kumar’s work, I, Salma, Translated Poems, (Red River, 2023) is the first collected poems of Salma in English. Work in progress also includes a collaborative translation project with Priya Sarukkai Chabria on Manickavacagar’s Thiruvasagam.

Shobhana is founder of Small Differences, an NGO that works with the elderly homeless, transgender community and vulnerable women and children. She also works in the spaces of education and branding.