Ramesh Bhagvant Veluskar
|Born||10 November 1947|
|Died||21 October 2018 (aged 70)|
Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh
|Occupation||Writer, poet, retired teacher|
|Nationality||India (from Goa)|
|Notable awards||Rashtriya Hindi Seva Sahastrabdi Samman (2000), Sahitya Akademi award (1990), Kala Academi Puraskar (1983)|
While in Bhubaneswar to study Bengali in order to understand art appreciation in Delhi, he met the Uttar Pradesh-born Mithilesh Kumari Srivastava, whom he married in 1982. He has mastered Marathi, Konkani and Bengali languages.
He was trained in Indian classical vocals, does caricatures, and also acted in drama. Veluskar translated Sant Tukaram's abhangs and Rabindranath Tagore's Geetanjali to Konkani, and took the Portuguese poet Carlos Drumond de Andrade's works to Hindi readers.
On his writing
In a video uploaded in 2010, scholar and writer Dr Nandkumar Kamat says of Veluskar: "Ramesh Bhagwant Veluskar is one of Goa's best known modern Konkani poet[s]. A Sahitya Akademi award winner, he has several Konkani and a Hindi poetry collection to his credit and is known as pioneer to introduce folklorical and mythological elements in Konkani and offer a new ecoerotic and ecoastehtic idiom."
Veluskar had "25 odd books to his credit, including translations from languages like Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi and English", and some of his recent books include Zen Kavita and Pandurang Pandurang (2014). According to Bharati Pawaskar, writing in The Goan, "Wordsmiths like Manoharrai Sardesai, Ravindra Kelekar, Bakibab Borkar, Madhav Borkar, Dharmanand Kamat, R V Pandit, S S Nadkarni, Muralidhar Kulkarni, Nagesh Karmali, Evagrio Jorge encouraged Veluskar to write."
His awards include the Kala Academy Puroskar for Moni Vyotha (1978–79), Konkani Bhasha Mandal Puroskar for Morpakham (1980), Konkani Bhasha Mandal Nehru Puroskar (1981) and Kala Academy Puroskar (1982–83) for Bhunk Bhunk Bhishu.
His first collection of Konkani poems, Morpakham, was published in 1979. He won the Indian Sahitya Akademi award for his 1989 collection of poems, Saulgori. Veluskar bagged the Non-Hindi Hindi Writer Award of the Government of India's Ministry of Human Resource Development for his poetry collection Samudramudrika in 2011.
- Ramesh Veluskar, a poet from Goa Recorded by FN/Frederick Noronha
- Zen poems by Ramesh Bhagvant Veluskar, translated by Samantini Ramesh Veluskar
- Enjoying poetry with Ramesh Veluskar
- On a chilly, December morning. Article by Ramesh Veluskar
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- Malkarnekar, Gauree. "The poet who has translated them all". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- Kamat, Dr Nandkumar. "Well known Konkani poet Ramesh Veluskar after releasing two Konkani books by Nanda and Dilip Borkar". Nandkumar Kamat on YouTube. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- Pawaskar, Bharati. "A reflection of life". The Goan. The Goan. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- "Kavita Kullar Ramesh Veluskar". Konknipoetry.com. Retrieved 28 February 2017.