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Mamta G. Sagar

Area of Practice

Poetry, Drama & Scriptwriting, Translation
Mentor’s doctoral scholars are working in the areas of Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Feminism, Postcolonial and Cultural Studies, Nationalism and Identity politics, Literary Histories, Literature and Literary expressions, Women’s Writing in India, Kannada Literature, Poetry and Performance.

  • Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow in Writing and Translation at the British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Winner of the KuVemPu Bhasha Bharati Prize for translation
  • Writer at the World Literature Provocations, Writers Centre Norwich, UK
  • Recipient  of  poetry  residency,  an  official  project  of  the India Wales Season and the UK India Year of Culture
  • Affiliated to The Commonwealth Writers Translation Network
  • Poetry resident at the AUROPOLIS, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Contributing editor, Muse India the literary ejournal.
  • Affiliated to the international  poetry  translation  projects such as Literature  Across Frontiers  Wales UK, Melding Voices UK, Poets Translating Poets Germany,  


BA with Journalism, Psychology, Literature - Bangalore University
MA Kannada with Comparative Literature - Bangalore University
PhD Comparative Literature - Hyderabad central University


Work Experience

  • Taught at the Centre for Kannada Studies, Bangalore University.
  • Centre for Comparative Literature, Hyderabad Central University.
  • Indian Express, Business Line and The Hindu, Hyderabad edition
  • Taught at the NMKRV First Grade College.
  • Curator - International Literature Festivals and Poetry Installation Exhibitions.

Interest Areas

primary interest in diverse forms of trans-disciplinary Creative Writing; also interested in cultural industries -- community based site specific and public projects around poetry.

Current Practice at Srishti

Creative Writing, Poetry Performance, Play Writing, Weaving Stories, Translation, Creative Communication, City and Site-specific explorations, mentors research scholars working on their PhD.

Creative Practice and Outreach

  • Curated Festival Of Performance – Interim, in collaboration with National School of Drama
  • Poetry and Performance, Site-specific poetry installations, Community oriented Creative Writing courses
  • Written and translated poems, passages and texts for Srishti activities
  • Food & Poetry as part of the Bengaluru Walk Festival
  • Workshop with the well digging BOVI community at Art in Transit
  • Poetry Workshop at Aditi School
  • Collaborated with students and provided opportunities for them to present their works at various literature festivals including The Tumari Literature Festival, Pattambi Poetry Festival and Festival of Stories


Recent Units Facilitated

8th Semester project: Dakshin Dhwani - Story of South Bengaluru
Studio: Framed & Unframed
Studio: Poetry Installation as Art
Workshop: Storytelling
Workshop: Poetry as Performance

Projects showcase:

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Water stories
Water stories- a workshop


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Students on site, preparing for a performance


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Students practicing Vachanas