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Poet & Translator
Author & Poet

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 28 Apr 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

“Translation is a little like falling in love,” says Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. “It can be love at first sight, when you read a poet and have a desire to translate him immediately. Or he can come back to you decades later, your memory of him faded. When I started translating Rahim’s dohas, I had forgotten all about him, even who he was. It’s as if I’d never read him – though I had.”

In Search of Rahim is Mehrotra’s discovery of the man and his work through translation, history, and memory. In the process, he recovers parts of his own boyhood by going back to someone who died 400 years ago.

This event has Mehrotra in conversation with Jeet Thayil. Post the conversation the floor will be open for a Q&A with the audience.

Header Image: Akbar’s siege of “Brampore” (Burhanpur); from the last German edition of *Munster’s Cosmographia*, 1628


Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Poet & Translator

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is a poet and translator. His recent books are Book of Rahim & Other Poems (2023) and a translation of Vinod Kumar Shukla poems Treasurer of Piggy Banks (2024), both published by Literary Activism/Westland. He lives in Dehra Dun.

Author photo credit: Seema Pant

Jeet Thayil

Author & Poet

Jeet Thayil is the author of four novels and five books of poetry, and the editor of The Penguin Book of Indian Poets.