- Category: PA 2009
Anindita Sengupta is a poet and writer who lives in Bangalore, India. Her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies including Eclectica, Nth Position, Pratilipi, Cha, Kritya and Not A Muse (Haven Books). In 2008, she received the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing, an annual award given to two writers under the age of 30 in India.
As a journalist, Sengupta writes about art, gender, social issues and travel. She has been published in The Guardian (UK), Tehelka, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Mid-Day and Marie Claire. She has written a number of stories for an Outlook Traveller guide and also pens a fortnightly column for the Bangalore Mirror.
Sengupta has read at several poetry recitals in Bangalore and, in 2008, read at the Prakriti Poetry Festival in Chennai, India. Her first collection of poetry, City of Water , is forthcoming from Sahitya Akademi, India 's national academy of letters.
She is founder and editor of Ultra Violet ( http://ultraviolet.in), India 's first feminist “collablog”, which has quickly become an important space for Indian feminists.
Sengupta comments: I think poetry's tremendously relevant. In fact, as our lives get speedier and more materialistic in many ways, I think we should make an even greater effort to pull back and hold on to the things that make us human. Poetry allows us to do this, to share a space where our deepest selves can emerge. As a medium, poetry enables epiphany. It touches something in the core of our beings. There is a moment of recognition, a sense of 'aha', and this reminds us of our shared humanity, the things that are still universally important, the real stuff. I think poetry needs to be more 'out there', doing this work, helping people reach out to each other in this way…”