Arundhathi Subramaniam

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Arundhathi Subramaniam is a poet, artist and a writer on spirituality and culture. Over the years she has worked as a poetry editor and curator, and as a journalist on literature, classical dance and theatre. Born in 1967, she divides her time between Bombay and Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore.

Literary career[edit]

Arundhathi Subramaniam is the author of four books of poems, most recently When God Is a Traveller (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and Where I Live: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). Her prose works include the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic Sadhguru: More Than a Life, Penguin and Book of Buddha, Penguin Books (reprinted several times). As editor, she has worked on a Penguin anthology of essays on sacred journeys in the country (Pilgrim’s India), and a Sahitya Akademi anthology of Post-Independence Indian Poetry in English (Another Country). She has co-edited a Penguin anthology of contemporary Indian love poems in English (Confronting Love).

As a poet, she has been invited to literary conferences and festivals in various parts of India, as well as in the UK, Italy, Spain, Holland, Turkey, China, West Africa and Israel, and her work has been translated into several languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Italian and Spanish. She was a star attraction at Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) 2016 where she had a book release conversation with Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa on Prof Mohanty's book "Lost World of Sarala Devi" published by Oxford University Press.[1] She was also a panelist at "The Role of Women throughout the Ages of Literature" at the KLF 2016.[2] Arundhathi Subramaniam is the creative director and curator of the annual Mystic Kalinga Festival which held in Bhubaneswar [3]

She has received the Raza Award for Poetry (2009), as well as the Charles Wallace Fellowship (for a 3-month writing residency at the University of Stirling) in 2003; the Visiting Arts Fellowship for a poetry tour of the UK (organized by the Poetry Society) in 2006; and the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2012. In 2004, she was invited to edit the Indian domain of the Poetry International Web, which grew into a significant web journal of contemporary Indian poetry.

Her poetry has been published in various international journals and anthologies, including Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Poets (Penguin India); Sixty Indian Poets (Penguin India), Both Sides of the Sky (National Book Trust, India), We Speak in Changing Languages (Sahitya Akademi), Fulcrum No 4: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, US), The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, UK), Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry [4]( United States ), The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[5] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[6] Canada. and Atlas: New Writing (Crossword/ Aark Arts).

Arundhathi has worked at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, for several years, leading a discussion-based inter-arts forum named Chauraha. She has also been Head of Indian Classical Dance at the NCPA. She has written on literature, classical dance, theatre and culture for various newspapers (including The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express, among others) since 1989. She has also been columnist on culture and literature for Time Out, Mumbai, The Indian Express and New Woman.


Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry: On 25 January 2015, Arundhathi won the first Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work When God is a Traveller. The prize was announced as part of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.[7]

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award: On 22 December 2017, Arundhathi won the first Mystic Kalinga Literary Award for her work in English Literature. The prize was announced as part of Mystic Kalinga - An International Festival of Mythology, poetry and performance, Kalinga Literary Festival.[8]



Poetry collections[edit]


  • Sadhguru: More Than A Life, biography, Penguin Ananda, 2010 (third reprint)
  • The Book of Buddha, Penguin, 2005 (reprinted several times)

As Editor[edit]

  • Pilgrim’s India (An Anthology of Essays and Poems on Sacred Journeys), Penguin, 2011
  • Confronting Love (An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Love Poems) (Co-edited with Jerry Pinto), Penguin, 2005
  • Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry, Penguin, 2014


  • Subramaniam, Arundhati (12 January 2015). "A lovely strangeness". Outlook. 55 (1): 92–93. Retrieved 2016-01-07.


Appearances in the following poetry Anthologies[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 September 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry". BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ Grove, Richard. "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India" (current). Hidden Brook Press, Canada. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ Press, Hidden Brook. "Hidden Brook Press". Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ Arundhathi Subramaniam wins poetry prize, The Hindu 25 January 2015.
  8. ^ Arundhathi Subramaniam honoured with first Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards, The Times of India 23 December 2017.

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