Mani Rao, Mamta Sagar, Maitreyee B Chowdhury, Nandita Bose and Prathibha Nandakumar
Maitreyee B Chowdhury
Maitreyee B Chowdhury is a Bangalore based poet and writer. She has four books to her credit, The Hungryalists , One Dozen-Hasan Azizul Huq (Trans) , Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen- Bengali Cinema’s First Couple and Where Even The Present Is Ancient: Benaras. She teaches poetry and design at NIFT Bangalore, and is currently involved with the Academy of Motion Pictures for their Oral History Project as a translator. She can be found at https://www.maitreyeechowdhury.com/
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
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.
Nandita Bose is a fiction writer, poet and book reviewer who occasionally writes articles on current events, films or politics. She lives in Bangalore with her two daughters, two cats and three dogs.
Prathiba Nandakumar is a bilingual author, poet, journalist, film maker, columnist and translator. Her publications include autobiographies, poems, short stories, columns, in kannada, english and translations from dogri. She has received several awards including the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Book Award and Bangalore Literary Festival Literary Achievement Award.