Mamta G Sagar

Muse India's Contributing Editor for Kannada Literature

Dr. Mamta G. Sagar, Kannada poet and playwright, has three collections of poems, “Hiige Haaleya Maile Haadu” (Like this the song) 2007, “Kaada Navilina Hejje” (Footprints of The Wild Peacock) 1992 and “Nadiya Neerina Teva” (Dampness of the River) 1999 and four plays to her credit. “The Swing of Desire”, English translation of her Kannada play ‘Mayye Bhara Manave Bhara’, is included in the anthology, “Staging Resistance: Plays by Women in Translation”, Published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2004. “MahiLa Vishaya” (Women Subjects), A collection of Essays in Kannada and English on Gender, Language, Literature and Culture 2007 is her recent book. As a member of delegation of writers from India, she visited Havana, Cuba 10th -17th June 2007. She represented India at the 9th Poetry Africa Festival held during October 2005 at Durban, South Africa. She has conducted poetry workshops for two schools in Durban and a theatre workshop for young girls from economically backward communities in Hyderabad. “Purdah”, a play script in Urdu, evolved during this workshop was staged at ‘AKKA’ National Theatre Festival for Women, Rangayana, Mysore, 2001. Mamta has been translating contemporary African and Francophonic poetry into Kannada language. Her lecture presentation, “An Evening of African Poetry”, on the occasion of Lire en Fete was jointly organised by Alliance Franchaise and British Council, Hyderabad. 5th Oct 2006. She has curated national and international poetry events in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Her articles have been included in a number of anthologies on Women and Gender politics both in India and abroad. Her poems too feature in a number of national and international anthologies of poetry. Her poems, articles, translations are also available on In the Heart of the Beast Theatre magazine from Minneapolis Agenda MuseIndia Poetry Africa 2005 and  Mamta has conducted theatre and poetry workshops culminating with readings and productions for women, children and people from marginalised communities. Her poems are translated into Indian languages such as Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu and English apart from Spanish and French and have seen publication in various journals and poetry anthologies in those respective languages.


Her doctoral work is in Comparative Literature from University of Hyderabad and the thesis is titled  Gender, Patriarchy and Resistance: Contemporary Women’s Poetry in Kannada and Hindi (1980-2000)”. With specialization in Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, Kannada Literature and Cultural Discourse, she has presented papers in important national and international seminars and conferences. Mamta Sagar teaches at the Centre for Kannada Studies, Jnana Bharathi Campus, Bangalore University and lives in Bangalore, India.


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