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Author and Translator

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 29 Aug 2019


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org
“We think we know the story of King Harishchandra, a ruler who was generous, honourable and truthful to a fault, whose principles led him to lose everything he had. But we have never read or heard the story quite this way: the language is inspired, the canvas is vast, the women are beautiful, the animals are fierce, the sages are proud and the gods watch in wonder as the extraordinary tableau of a great king’s fall occurs before their eyes. And ours.
The Life of Harishchandra, Vanamala Viswanatha’s lucid, playful and sympathetic translation of Kannada poet Raghavanka’s Harishchandra Kavya, brings this medieval text to rich and vibrant life.” – Arshia Sattar


Vanamala Viswanatha

Author and Translator

An acclaimed academic and translator, Dr. Vanamala Viswanatha taught English language and literature over the past four decades in premiere institutions in Bengaluru such as the Indian Institute of Science, Regional Institute of English, Bangalore University, and Azim Premji University. Deeply engaged with various facets of Kannada culture, Dr. Vanamala Viswanatha anchored the Kannada news on Doordarshan for nearly a decade. She also worked as Honorary Director, Centre for Translation, Sahitya Akademi. She has translated and introduced several well-known Kannada writers such as Sara Aboobacker, Lankesh, Vaidehi, and Ananthamurthy. The Life of Harishchandra (Harvard University Press, 2017), her translation of a medieval Kannada poetic classic in the Murty Classical Library of India Series, is a landmark publication. Dr Viswanatha’s translation (with Shivarama Padikkal) of Indira Bai, the first social novel in Kannada, just published by Oxford University Press (2019), is yet another milestone in presenting the face of Kannada to a global readership.