Bishnu N. Mohapatra
Bishnu Mohapatra was born in Odisha and spent his early years in its rural hinterland. He was educated in Odisha, Delhi and Oxford. He taught in several universities including University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Kyoto and National University of Singapore. He does his social science in English and his poetry in Odia. Bishnu has authored three books of poetry and has translated two volumes of Pablo Neruda’s poetry into Odia. A volume of his poetry in the English translation – a fragile world- was published in 2005. His poetry combines multiple voices, places and visions, and tends to draw the readers into the ambivalence of the past and the present. A heightened sense of fragility of lives permeates his work, and his poetry combines powerfully the anguish of the ‘disenchanted world’ with the ecstasy of human relationships. He enjoys sharing his poetic works with others and has read his poetry in many cities including, Bali, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bombay, Delhi, Johannesburg, Kathmandu, Mexico City, Mysore and Singapore. Currently he is a Professor at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore.