Subhro Bandopadhyay

Subhro Bandopadhyay (1978, Calcutta, India) is the author of five books of poetry in Bengali, and four were translated into Spanish and got published in Spain. He received the Antonio Machado International Poetry Fellowship from the Government of Spain (2008) and Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2013. He participated in international residencies, and he was invited to distinguished literary festivals in India and abroad.

  • Mapping Gondwana

    About the Book

    I was moved by the ways in which, at key moments in the dialogue, rhythms shift, and instead of call-response between the poems, we go into each poet’s memory – a call-response between present and past. As they traversed back and forth between private parallel hum – after all, hum is “we” in Hindi – and direct synapse, I loved how freely they responded to both inner reverie and external stimuli. In some of Ari’s poems it felt like he was revisiting earlier trips to India – so that the duet was not restricted to what has just been received but what has always been residual – suggesting collaboration as a pretext – for return? Ari’s riverine contemplations counterpoint Subhro’s archetypal majhi (the boatman) made unmetaphorical. From Tagore’s golden boat to Subhro’s carbon kayak, what rapids have been crossed?

    —Sampurna Chattarji