Like Earth to Stars

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Authors

H. Shivprakash

Imprint

Poetrywala

Publishing Year

2019

Language

English

Edition

1

Pages

194

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ISBN-13 : 978-93-82749- 87-5
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About the book

When Shivaprakash (b.1954) entered the arena of Kannada poetry in the ’70s, Kannada modernism had already exhausted its possibilities. Those disenchanted with the modernist introversion spearheaded a new trend called Dalit-Bandaya movement. Critical of both modernist self-consciousness as well as the loud politics of rebel writers, Shivaprakash forged his own poetic idiom, at once sensuous and spiritual, political and philosophical, inspired by the regional folk and Bhakti traditions of poetry. He moved away from the monologic and didactic modes of contemporary Kannada poetry to pioneer a new dialogic-mode in which personal and social concerns enter into debate with a multiplicity of Indian cultural traditions. His more recent poems of the last couple of decades written in different parts of the world have broadened the essentially dialogic nature of his poetry, engaging in wide-ranging debates with other cultures and civilisations without sacrificing his rootedness in his own Kannada-specificity. Currently Professor of Theatre Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Shivaprakash is also an eminent playwright and translator. He has held several important administrative positions in the past including Editor, Indian Literature, and Director, Nehru Centre, Berlin. His works have been translated into various Indian and foreign languages including Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Lithuanian, German and Arabic and won him many prestigious awards in India including the Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi awards. He is Honorary Fellow, School of Letters at the University of Iowa, USA. Shivaprakash’s major interests include yoga, tantra and other Indian spiritual traditions as reflected in two English books, Everyday Yogi and Guru: Ten Doors to Ancient Wisdom.

About the Poet

H S Shiva Prakash (b.1954) is a celebrated Kannada poet, playwright, translator, critic and columnist whose innovations led Kannada literature into an era beyond modernism. His work is known for its spiritual, social and political engagement. His poems are discussed widely and his plays have been staged all over Karnataka, and the rest of India.
With 9 books of poems, 13 plays and 4 works in Kannada to his credit, he has also published several works in English, which include a book of haiku. His English translation of Kannada vachanas, ‘I Keep Vigil of Rudra’, was published in the Penguin Classics collection. The translation of his ‘Batteesa Raga’ is now being published by Harper Collins India.
His work has been translated into multiple Indian languages, in addition to English, French, Spanish and Italian. He has been an invited to International Poetry Festivals in India, Turkey, El Salvador, Morocco and Romania, Costa-RicaShiva Prakash was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award (2012), Sangit Natak Akademi award (1997), Karnataka Natak Akademi award, and several best book prizes from the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi for poetry, drama and translation. He has also received an HRD Ministry Fellowship in the field of literature and participated in the International Writing Workshop at Iowa University, USA in 2000.
The former Editor of Indian Literature, the Sahitya Akademi bi-monthly, Shiva Prakash is Professor, Theatre Studies in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. He is on deputation as the Director, The Tagore Centre, Indian Embassy, Berlin since 2011. Widely travelled both in India and abroad, he has lectured and read his work in Europe, America and in several countries of Asia.

About the Poet

H S Shiva Prakash (b.1954) is a celebrated Kannada poet, playwright, translator, critic and columnist whose innovations led Kannada literature into an era beyond modernism. His work is known for its spiritual, social and political engagement. His poems are discussed widely and his plays have been staged all over Karnataka, and the rest of India.
With 9 books of poems, 13 plays and 4 works in Kannada to his credit, he has also published several works in English, which include a book of haiku. His English translation of Kannada vachanas, ‘I Keep Vigil of Rudra’, was published in the Penguin Classics collection. The translation of his ‘Batteesa Raga’ is now being published by Harper Collins India.
His work has been translated into multiple Indian languages, in addition to English, French, Spanish and Italian. He has been an invited to International Poetry Festivals in India, Turkey, El Salvador, Morocco and Romania, Costa-RicaShiva Prakash was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award (2012), Sangit Natak Akademi award (1997), Karnataka Natak Akademi award, and several best book prizes from the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi for poetry, drama and translation. He has also received an HRD Ministry Fellowship in the field of literature and participated in the International Writing Workshop at Iowa University, USA in 2000.
The former Editor of Indian Literature, the Sahitya Akademi bi-monthly, Shiva Prakash is Professor, Theatre Studies in the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. He is on deputation as the Director, The Tagore Centre, Indian Embassy, Berlin since 2011. Widely travelled both in India and abroad, he has lectured and read his work in Europe, America and in several countries of Asia.

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