ममता जी. सागर / Mamta G. Sagar
(Photo: Rajgopaul, at Poetry Africa 2005.)
Dr. Mamta G. Sagar, Kannada poet and playwright, has three collections of poems, Hiige Haaleya Maile Haadu (Like This the Song) 2007, Kaada Navilina Hejje (Footprints of The Wild Peacock) 1992 and Nadiya Neerina Teva (Dampness of the River) 1999 and four plays to her credit. The Swing of Desire, English translation of her Kannada play Mayye Bhara Manave Bhara, is included in the anthology, Staging Resistance: Plays by Women in Translation, Published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2004. Mahila Vishaya (Women Subjects), A collection of essays in Kannada and English on Gender, Language, Literature and Culture 2007 is her recent book.
As a member of delegation of writers from India, she visited Havana (Cuba) from 10th to 17th June 2007. She represented India at the 9th Poetry Africa Festival held during October 2005 at Durban, South Africa. She has conducted poetry workshops for two schools in Durban and a theatre workshop for young girls from economically backward communities in Hyderabad. Purdah, a play script in Urdu, that evolved during this workshop was staged at ‘AKKA’ National Theatre Festival for Women, Rangayana, Mysore, 2001. Mamta has been translating contemporary African and Francophonic poetry into Kannada language. Her lecture presentation, “An Evening of African Poetry”, on the occasion of Lire en Fete was jointly organised by Alliance Francaise and British Council, Hyderabad, 5th Oct 2006. She has curated national and international poetry events in Hyderabad and Bangalore.