Krishna Manavalli, Saniya and Vasudhendra with Mamta Sagar
Krishna K Manavalli is currently Professor in the department of English at the University of Mysore, Mysore. Krishna is a literary critic and translator who works in both English and Kannada languages. In her long and brilliant academic career in the US and India, Krishna has worked on multiple areas such as contemporary British literature, South Asian writing, postcolonial studies, feminism, cultural studies, and translations. She also taught for many years in the US. Krishna has published internationally in important literary and cultural studies journals such as Comparative Critical Studies (UK), Journal of Contemporary Thought (US & India), Studies in South Asian Film and Media (US), Proud Flesh, African Journal of Culture, and others. She presented at several major seminars and conferences across the world including the American Comparative Literature Association & Harvard University, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching (Texas A & M), and Rocky Mountain MLA (Calgary, Canada).
She has given talks at prestigious literary festivals in India like the Times Litfest, Bangalore Literary Festival, Bangalore Poetry Festival and Mysore Literary Festival and the Sahitya Akademi Festival of Letters. In addition, Krishna does freelance writing, mainly literary reviews and interviews, for the Times of India, The Hindu, and the Indian Express. Apart from being a member of the English Advisory Board of the Central Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi), Krishna is on many academic and University administrative boards in the state. Krishna’s recent publications include the translation of the renowned Kannada writer and Jnanapith award-winner Chandrashekhar Kambar’s novels Karimayi (Seagull 2017) and Shivana Dangura (Speaking Tiger 2017). Krishna has received the 2019 Karnataka Sahitya Academy award for her translation of Karimayi. Her translation of Dr Kambar’s two plays, Rishyashringa and Mahmoud Gawan, has been published by Penguin Random House recently (2020).
Born and educated in Maharashtra. Started wring poetry in Marathi from school days, later turned to writing short stories, novellas and novels.
Publications so far- Short story collections-14, Novels- 3, Non fictions-2. Many reprints by various publishers.
Conferred with many prestigious literary awards including Maharashtra State Awards and Maharashtra Foundation Award (USA) – Total –
Some of the collections of Short stories and Novels translated into English, Hindi and Kannada. Also few stories into other languages including German. Tele serials made based on the novel and stories.
The central theme of writing is human relationships and the role of women who attempt to be assertive in their endeavours to discover the meaning of freedom, independence and self esteem.
Presently living in Bangalore after residing in many parts of the country as also elsewhere.
Vasudhendra is an Indian author in Kannada language known for his short stories and novels. He lives in Bangalore, India.
Vasudhendra was born at Sandur in the Bellary district in Karnataka. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka as a gold medalist. He then did his Master of Engineering from Indian Institute of Science. He had been a software professional since 20 years. He was also the Vice President at Genisys Software.
Vasudhendra is a proud and out gay.
He has started his own publication house called the Chanda Pustaka. Through this he has given encouragement to many upcoming writers of Kannada. It has published around 50 books till date and these books have won more than 60 prestigious awards. He has instituted an award ‘Chanda Pustaka Bahumana’, which will be given to a fresh and young short story writer every year by publishing his first anthology along with a cash prize. He publishes all his books through this publication house and he looks after sales and marketing of his publications.
Being a hiker, he has trekked across Western Ghats. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania and trekked to Kailash & Mansarovar of Tibet. He is a regular squash player. World Cinema, Mahabharata and Indian classical music are his other passions. He decided not to watch television 12 years back and he follows this till date.
Vasudendra has also done a professional course in counseling and spends most of his time these days in counseling his clients.
Mamta Sagar is a noted transdisciplinary poet, translator from Bengaluru. She has curated Art/Literature festivals, participated in many poetry and literature festivals and facilitated poetry and translation workshops internationally. Rucksack, at Global Poetry Patchwork, an Art-Poetry installation project developed and co-curated by Mamta Sagar is on display at the Piccolo Museo della Poesia, (Museum of Poetry), Italy until December 2020.
Poetry Films: INTERVERSIONS – I, INTERVERSIONS – II & INTERVERSIONS – III
Poetry performance-installations have been displayed at:
- Theertha Performance Platform, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2019
- Festival of Stories (Metro Stations) Bengaluru 2018
- Volcano Theatre, Swansea, Wales 2017
- 1Shanthi Road Gallery, Bengaluru 2017
- The Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2016
- Galerija 12HUB, Belgrade 2010
Mamta is the founder director of the community poetry engagement, Kaavya Sanje. She teaches at the Creative Writing Program, Srishti-Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology and lives in Bengaluru.