K. Satchidanandan

K. Satchidanandan is a poet of national and international repute writing in Malayalam. He has a doctorate in post-Structuralist poetics and was Professor of English at Christ College, University of Calicut, Kerala, editor of Indian Literature, the journal of the Sahitya Akademi (The National Academy of Letters) and later the Chief Executive of the Akademi. He then worked as a Language Policy Consultant for the Government of India and has also been associated with Katha, Delhi. He edits the SAARC journal Beyond Borders in English, the poetry quarterly Kerala Kavita in Malayalam and the South Asian Library of Literature. At present he is Director and Professor, School of Translation Studies and Training, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi. He is also on the Project Advissory Board of Indian Literature Abroad, a Government of India Initiative.
He has 21 collections of poetry in Malayalam besides 16 collections of world poetry in translation and 23 collections of critical essays and interviews besides four collections of essays in English. He has edited several anthologies of poetry and prose in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He has 27 collections of his poems in translation in 17 languages, including five collections in English, six in Hindi and one each in Arabic, German, French and Italian besides all the major Indian languages. He has won 21 awards for his literary contribution including Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award (Kolkata), Gangadhar Meher Award (Orissa), Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (4 times), Kumaran Asan Award (Chennai), Bapureddy National Award (Hyderabad), Kerala Varma Award, Ulloor Award, P. Kunhiraman Nair Award, Odakkuzhal Award, Vayalar Award, Beharain Keraleeya Samajam Award, Oman Cultural Centre Award, Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan Award (Kuwait), NTR National Award (Andhra Pradesh), Patmaprabha Award etc. besides Sahityasree from the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Delhi, a Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India, the Sreekant Verma Fellowship from the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the K.K. Birla Fellowship for Comparative Literature. Many of his books of poetry and criticism have been textbooks in Universities. A film on him, Summer Rain, was released in 2007.
Satchidanandan has represented India in several international literary events like the international literary festivals in Sarajevo, Berlin, Montreal, Beijing, Moscow, Ivry-sur-Seine, Jaipur, Delhi, Montreal, Hay Festival (Trivandrum) and Kovalam and book fairs at Delhi, Lahore, Kolkata, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Leipzig, London, Paris and Moscow besides having readings and talks at Bonn, Rome, Verona, Ravenna, Leiden, New York, St. Petersburg, Damascus, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Sharjah, Singapore etc. besides most of the cities in India. Satchidanandan has been honoured with Knighthood by the Government of Italy, with the Dante Medal by the Dante Institute, Ravenna and the India-Poland Friendship Medal by the Government of Poland. He has also been an activist for secularism, environment and human rights.