Poetry at Sangam




Karthika Nair was born in India, lives in Paris, and works as a dance producer and curator. She is the author of Bearings (HarperCollins India, 2009), a poetry collection; DESH: Memories, inherited, borrowed, invented (MC2, Grenoble, 2013), a dance diary; and The Honey Hunter/ Le Tigre de Miel (Young Zubaan, India/Editions Hélium, France, 2013), a children’s book illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Nair was the principal storywriter and scriptwriter of DESH, choreographer Akram Khan’s multiple-award-winning dance production. She is currently working on her next poetry collection, an account of the Mahabharata war in 18 voices, one of which was recently published as Satyavati: Fault Lines (ebook, Harper21, 2014).

In Karthika Nair’s résumé as a producer, one finds mention of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Käfig/Mourad Merzouki, the Louvre, the Shaolin Temple, misadventures with ninja swords and pachyderms, among others, many of which find their way willy-nilly into her poetry (though, hopefully, not into the retelling of the Mahabharata).

Poems by Karthika Nair

Fare Thee Well

Meridians V


Tempus Fugit

The Invaders


Translations by Karthika Nair

On the Other Side of the Shadow by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow Rises before Me by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow Steps Forward by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow Moans by Roselyne Sibille

The Shadow is a Ridgeline by Roselyne Sibille

He Gazes Uncomprehendingly by Roselyne Sibille