Shreekumar Varma

Shreekumar Varma

Shreekumar Varma is among the first members of APWT. His novels are LAMENT OF MOHINI (Penguin, 2000, longlisted, Crossword Prize) and MARIA'S ROOM (Harper Collins, 2010, longlisted, inaugural Man Asian Prize and Crossword Prize). books for children: PAZHASSI RAJA: THE ROYAL REBEL, (Macmillan,1997), DEVIL'S GARDEN (Puffin, 2006) and THE MAGIC STORE OF NU-CHAM-VU (Puffin, 2009, shortlisted for Crossword Prize). His plays: THE DARK LORD (second prize, British Council Playscripts Prize), BOW OF RAMA (first prize, The Hindu-Madras Players Playscripts Award), PLATFORM (inaugurated The Madras Players Golden Jubilee year), MIDNIGHT HOTEL (raised more than 40 lakh rupees for the Chriistian Medical College, Vellore), NATHU'S DREAM (children's musical), FIVE (political thriller) and CAST PARTY (murder mystery), GANGA AT RISHIKESH (MetroPlus Theatre Festival) and INTERVENTION, DEMEANINGS and KICHADI EXPRESS. His poems, articles, reviews, short stories and interviews have appeared in The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Seminar Magazine, Aesthetica Quarterly, A Hudson View and Pulse-Berlin Magazine. His stories, articles and poems have appeared in Indian and international anthologies. He translated poetry and fiction for the OUP Anthology of Malayalam Dalit Writings in Translation (Oxford University Press). He scripted a series of films on the Buddha for the visitors' centres at the Ajanta caves, etc., and poetry for two dance performances. He was a columnist for The New Indian Express, The Economic Times Madras Plus, The Hindu MetroPlus and the Deccan Herald. He is a literary reviewer for The Hindu and the Sunday Herald. He was an adjunct professor in Creative English at the Chennai Mathematical Institute for 13 years, and taught English Literature and Journalism at the Madras Christian College. He presented papers at several colleges and institutes, including the Madras University. He received the R. K. Narayan Award for writing, 2015. A Charles Wallace Fellow, he was Writer-in-Residence at Stirling University, UK, in 2004. He was on the jury of the International Red Cross - Press Institute of India Award for Best Reporting from Conflict Zones 2014.

Member Since: 4/19/2017

Country: India

Identity: Writer

Workplace: Other