Sukrita Paul Kumar
Sukrita Paul Kumar was born and brought up in Kenya and currently lives in Delhi. She is a well-known poet, critic, translator and an artist. Till recently, she held the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at the University of Delhi. An Honorary Fellow of the prestigious International Writing Programme, University of Iowa (USA), Cambridge Seminars and a former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she was also an invited poet in residence at Hong Kong Baptist University, China. Honorary faculty at the Durrell Centre at Corfu (Greece) and a recipient of many international fellowships and residencies, she has published several collections of poems in English that include Dream Catcher, Without Margins, Untitled, Apurna, Folds of Silence and Oscillations. Her two bilingual collections are Poems Come Home (with Hindustani translation by Gulzar) and Rowing Together (with Hindi translation by Savita Singh). She was the Guest Editor of Crossing Over, a special issue of “Manoa” (University of Hawaii, USA). A number of Sukrita’s poems have emerged from her experience of working with homeless people, Tsunami victims and street children.
Sukrita’s major critical works include Narrating Partition, Conversations on Modernism, The New Story and Man, Woman and Androgyny. Some of her edited/co-edited books include Speaking for Herself: Asian Women’s Writings (Penguin), Ismat, Her Life, Her Times (Katha), Interpreting Homes in South Asian Literature (Pearson). As Director of a UNESCO project on “The Culture of Peace”, she edited Mapping Memories, a volume of Urdu short stories from India and Pakistan. A known translator, she is also the chief editor of the book Cultural Diversity in India (OUP). Deeply interested in oral traditions her co-edited book is Chamba Achamba: Women’s Oral Culture from Chamba and Bharmour (Sahitya Akademi). Blind (a novel by Joginder Paul translated from Urdu) is her latest translation published recently by HarperCollins in their Harper Perennial series. A solo exhibition of her paintings was held at AIFACS, Delhi. Ink and Line is a book of poems written on her paintings. Her poems have been translated into many languages in India and abroad (Italian, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Slovakian, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and others).