Mamta Sagar is a noted poet, playwright and translator from Bangalore. Her
writings focus on identity politics, feminism, linguistic and cultural diversities.
She performs poetry with the sounds and music innate to Kannada language and
intersects her poetry performances with multimedia, multilingual and
transdisciplinary tools. Mamta has collaborated with musicians and visual artists,
exhibited visual, sound and installation poetry in art galleries, public spaces and
festivals. She has facilitated poetry and translation workshops internationally. She is
the founder director of Kaavya Sanje a community poetry engagement. Art-Poetry
installation project developed and co-curated by Mamta is on display at the Piccolo
Museo della Poesia, (Little Museum of Poetry), Italy.
She has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Hyderabad Central
University. Mamta has five poetry collections. Hide and Seek is a bilingual collection
of her selected poems in English with the source text in Kannada (Kadalu, 2014).
Chukki Chukki Chandakki (CVG, 1993) and The Swing of Desire (OUP 2004) are her
published plays. Beyond Barriers (Centre for Slovenian Literature, 2011),
Interversions (Poetrywala, 2018) and Elif Shfak’s The Forty Rules of Love in Kannada
(DesiPustaka); conferred with Bhashabharathi Translation Award 2019 are among
her works of translation. She is actively involved with international translation
projects. Nadiyolage, Language Cashes Its Chips, Interversions I, II, III are poetry films
to her credit.