Bhargavi P Rao

Founder Editor, Muse India


Bhargavi Prabhanjan Rao (14 August 1944 Ė 23 May 2008), a Sahitya Akademi Awardee, was an eminent translator in Telugu Literature. Her works include Noorella Panta, a compilation of one hundred short stories by women writers of twentieth century is acclaimed as a landmark in Telugu literature. She died due to a heart attack on 23 May 2008 in Hyderabad.

She obtained her PhD from Osmania University and then taught English at OU (first at Women's College, Koti and then at Nizam College), and retired in 2004. After retiring, she was appointed Honorary Professor in the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University in Hyderabad.

Her publications in Telugu include Album and Needala Godalu (Poems), Gundelo thadi, Chukka Navvindi and NaaPeru (Short stories), Abhisarika, Thoorpu Gaali (Novels), Pranava Ganga (dance ballet), and Saugandhika (monologue); she also co-authored Urvasi, a Kuchipudi dance ballet, with Varanasi Nagalakshmi. Her translations of Girish Karnadís Kannada plays are: Naagamandala, Hayavadana, Taladandam, Tughluq and Agni Varsham. Her other translations are Siri Sampenga and Kathaga Maarina Ammayi. Among her anthologies, other than Noorella Panta, are Mudra (women poets), Nooru Varahalu (short stories), Inkaanaa! Ikapai Saagadu (Dalit stories) and Aaha!Oho! (humorous stories). She co-translated Seela Subhadra Devi's full-length poem Yudham Oka Gunde Kotha into English as War a Heart's Ravage in March 2003.

She was a prolific writer. Her publications in English include Pebbles on the Sea Shore (short stories), Hiccups (poems), and Meru Kanchana (Novel), Colours and Cadences: Poems from the Romantic Age (co-edited with T. Vijay Kumar). She translated several works into English. She was one of the founder-editors of Muse India.

Her translation of Girish Karnadís play, Taledanda, won her the prestigious Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995. She was also recipient of PS Telugu University Award (1999), Sakhya Sahiti Award (2000) and Grihalakshmi Award (2001).

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