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Manu V Devadevan interviews HS Shivaprakash on the beginning of his life as a poet, his influences and his evolution – personal and literary – over half a century. The conversation traces the timeline of contemporary Kannada Literature in parallel with that of world literature through a personal lens. The speakers delve into what makes the experience of a poem or a play different from that of a novel.
Touching upon his childhood in Bangalore of the 60s to his life as a traveller, this session is a glimpse into the making of one of the most present and influential voices in Kannada literature. Apart from the physical and technical aspects of his existence as a poet, H S Shivaprakash also speaks of the personal, the political and the spiritual.
Author of 9 books of poems, 15 plays and 3 critical works in Kannada, which are widely discussed, performed and translated into several Indian languages and into English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish and Turkish.
Winner of several best book prizes from Karnataka Literary Akademi for books of poems, translations and plays. Academic areas of interest include theatre/literary history, Indian theatre, Medival Studies, Comparative Literature, translation and folklore. Winner of the prestigious Rajyotsava Award from Karnataka State (2006) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from National Theatre Akademi (1997) and Sahitya Akademi (2012) Participated in International Writing Program in School of Letters, University of Iowa, USA (2000). Former Editor, Indian Literature, the journal of National Akademi of Letters. Former Dean, SAA, JNU.Former Director, The Tagore Centre, Berlin, Germany
Has travelled, lectured and read poetry in various countries in Europe, Asia and Americas.
Important English publications include I Keep Vigil of Rudra ( Penguin Classics, 2009), Traditional India Theatre (New Delhi, 2006), Indian Theatre 2000 (edited) (New Delhi, 2011).
Manu V. Devadevan
Manu V. Devadevan teaches History at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, and received the Infosys Prize in Humanities for the year 2019. He has published over a dozen books, including Prithviyallodagida Ghatavu: Karnatakada Ninnegalu (Akshara Prakashana, Heggodu, 2009), A Prehistory of Hinduism (DeGruyter, Warsaw and Berlin, 2016), and The ‘Early Medieval’ Origins of India (Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2020).