Carefully Curated
Mangalesh Dabral was born in 1948 in a village in the Tehri Garhwal district in the Himalayan region. He has spent all his adult life as a literary editor in various newspapers published from Delhi and other north Indian cities. His books include five collections of poems, titled Pahar Par Laltein Lantern on the Mountain, 1981, Ghar Ka Rasta The Way Home, 1981, Hum Jo Dekhate Hain That Which We See, 1995, Aawaaz Bhi Ek Jagah Hai Voice Too Is a Place, 2000 and Naye Yug Mein Shatru Enemy in the New Era, 2014 two collections of literary essays and sociocultural commentary, titled Lekhak Ki Roti Writer’s Bread, 1998 and Kavi Ka Akelapan Solitude of a Poet, 2008 and a book of conversations, Upkathan Substatement, 2014. He has also published a travel account, Ek Baar Iowa Once in Iowa, 1996, based on his experiences in Iowa, usa, where he resided for three months as a fellow of the International Writing Program in 1991. His poems have been widely translated and published in all major Indian languages and in Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Polish and Bulgarian. They have been included in various periodicals, such as World Literature Today, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Poetry Review and The Little Magazine, and the anthologies Periplus ed. Daniel Weissbort and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Survival ed. Daniel Weissbort and Girdhar Rathi, Gestures an anthology of poems from SAARC countries and Signatures ed. K. Satchidanandan. Aawaaz Bhi Ek Jagah Hai was translated into Italian by Prof. Mariola Offredi under the title Anche la Voce e un Luogo. He participated as an Indian poet in the Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2008. He has given poetry readings in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and various cities in Germany, including on the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2006. He has translated into Hindi the poems of Pablo Neruda, Bertolt Brecht, Ernesto Cardenal, Yannis Ritsos, Tadeusz Różewicz, Zbigniew Herbert, to name a few. He has also worked as a consultant to the National Book Trust, India, and has received a number of awards, including Shamsher Sammaan 1995, Pahal Sammaan 1998 and the Sahitya Akademi Award 2000.

Books by Mangalesh Dabral