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K. Satchidanandan

K. Satchidanandan , perhaps the most widely translated of contemporary Indian poets , has 23 collections of his poetry in 19 languages including English, Irish, Arabic, Chinese,French, German and Italian. His book While I Write : New and Selected Poems (Harper-Collins) came out in 2011 and Misplaced Things and Other Poems (Sahitya Akademi) in 2014. Satchidanandan writes poetry in Malayalam, and prose in Malayalam and English and has more than 20 collections of poetry besides several books of travel, plays and criticism and translations of poetry from around the world and five books in English on Indian literature. This is besides the 20 -odd books in three languages that he has edited. He has represented India in many Literary Festivals and Book Fairs across the world including those in Lahore, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, Damascus, Berlin, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Wales, New York, Washington, Hay, Paris, Frankfurt , Bonn, Leipzig, Beijing , Shanghai, Rotterdam, Medellin, Havana, Lima, Sarajevo, Vilenica and Moscow . He is a Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and has won 32 literary awards and fellowships including Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award five times, ( for poetry, drama, travelogue, translation, criticism) Gangadhar Meher National Award (Orissa) , Kusumagraj National Award ( Maharashtra)and NTR National Award ( Andhrapradesh), Kuvempu National Award ( Karnataka), K. K. Birla Fellwship for Comparative Literature, Sreekant Verma Fellowship for Translation and the Senior Fellowship from the Govt of India besides Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy and India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland. He was on the Ladbroke list of Nobel probables in 2011. A film on him, SummerRain was released in 2007.