Mythology via Women
Madhavi S Mahadevan, Rashmi Terdal and Samhita Arni with Mani Rao
Madhavi Mahadevan is a short story writer, novelist and book critic. Her published works
include two anthologies of short stories, a crime novella and a novel.
Mani Rao has ten poetry collections including Sing to Me (Recent Work Press), New & Selected Poems (Poetrywala), Echolocation (Math Paper Press) and Ghostmasters (Chameleon). Her books in translation include Bhagavad Gita (Autumn Hill Books; Fingerprint), and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader (Aleph). Her latest non-fiction, an anthropology of mantra-experience among tantrics, is Living Mantra— Mantra, Deity and Visionary Experience Today (Palgrave Macmillan).
Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, Mani has poems and essays in Poetry Magazine, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Iowa Review, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, Omniverse, Mascara, Indian Literature, Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, W.W.Norton’s Language for a New Century, Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets and other journals and anthologies. She has held writing residencies at IPSI Canberra (2019), Omi Ledig House (2018) and IWP Iowa (2005, 2009), and has an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Religious Studies. See www.manirao.com
Rashmi Terdal is a journalist working with the Times of India, Bengaluru. Born and brought up in Dharwad, she studied Economics at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, and Mass Communication at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru. Besides socio-economic issues, she is passionate about Kannada poetry and fiction. She won Karnataka State Sahitya Academy Endowment Prize and Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Award for her English translation of Mohanaswamy (Harper Collins, 2016), a collection of short stories in Kannada by eminent writer Vasudhendra. Her English translation of celebrated Kannada novelist SL Bhyrappa’s latest work Uttara Kaanda has been recently published by the Amazon-Westland. The novel is a retelling of Valmiki’s epic Ramayana from Sita’s perspective.
Samhita is the author and illustrator of The Mahabharata – A Child’s View. More recently, she collaborated with artist Moyna Chitrakar on the New York Times bestseller Sita’s Ramayana. Last year, Arni’s third bookThe Missing Queen,was published jointly by Zubaan and Penguin in India. Elle Magazine named Arni as one of twenty young upcoming South Asian writers to watch out for.
Arni was a scriptwriter for “Rafina”, a feature film directed by Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar, and worked for six months in Kabul on the script for “The Defenders” a 13-part television series that aired in Afghanistan.