Singing in the Dark by K. Satchidanandan And Nishi Chawla

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Singing in the Dark by K. Satchidanandan And Nishi Chawla is a collection of poetry. The poems lay bare the vulnerability and transience of human existence, this anthology of poetry captures what it’s like to live through a pandemic. Published by Penguin, the book hit the shelves in October 2020.

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Singing in the Dark brings together the finest of poetic responses to the coronavirus pandemic. More than a hundred of the world’s most esteemed poets reflect upon a crisis that has dramatically altered our lives and laid bare our vulnerabilities. The poems capture all its dimensions: the trauma of solitude, the unexpected transformation in the expression of interpersonal relationships, the even sharper visibility of the class divide, the marvelous revival of nature, and the profound realization of the transience of human existence.

The moods vary from quiet contemplation and choking anguish to suppressed rage and cautious celebration in an anthology that serves as an aesthetic archive of a strange era in human history.

About the Author

K. Satchidanandan is a leading Indian poet He is also perhaps the most written of contemporary Indian poets, having 32 collections of translation in 19 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, English, Irish, French, German and Italian, besides all the major Indian languages. He has 24 collections of poetry, four books of travel, a full-length play and a collection of one-act plays, two books for children, and several collections of critical essays, including five books in English on Indian literature besides several collections of world poetry in translation. He has been a Professor of English, and also the Chief Executive of the Sahitya Akademi, the Director of the School of Translation Studies, Indira Gandhi Open University, Delhi, and National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He is a Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and has won 52 literary awards from different states and countries, including the Sahitya Akademi award, India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland, Knighthood from the Government of Italy, and World Prize for Poetry for Peace from the Government of the UAE.
Nishi Chawla is an academician and a writer. She has six collections of poetry, nine plays, two screenplays, and two novels to her credit. Nishi Chawla holds a Ph. D. in English from The George Washington University, Washington, DC USA. After teaching for nearly twenty years as a tenured professor of English at Delhi University, India, she had migrated with her family to a suburb of Washington DC She has taught at the University of Maryland from 1999 until 2014. She is now on the faculty of Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey, USA. Nishi Chawla’s plays get staged both in the USA and in India.

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