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Arundhathi Subramaniam
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OccupationPoet, writer
Alma materJB Petit High School, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, University of Mumbai[1]
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award

Arundhathi Subramaniam is an Indian poet and author, who has written about culture and spirituality.[2][3][4]

Life and career

Subramaniam is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose.[citation needed]

She has received the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Women's Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Charles Wallace, Visiting Arts and Homi Bhabha Fellowships.[citation needed]

Her volume of poetry, When God is a Traveller was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society,[citation needed], was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2015[5] and won the Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 2020.

Her poetry has been published in Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Poets (Penguin India); Sixty Indian Poets (Penguin India), Both Sides of the Sky (National Book Trust, India),We Speak in Changing Languages (Sahitya Akademi), Fulcrum No 4: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, US), The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, UK), Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry[6]( United States ), The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[7] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[8] Canada. and Atlas: New Writing (Crossword/ Aark Arts)

She has worked as Head of Dance and Chauraha (an inter-arts forum) at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, and has been Editor of the India domain of the Poetry International Web.[citation needed]


On 25 January 2015, Arundhathi won the first Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work 'When God is a Traveller'.[9]

On 22 December 2017, Arundhathi won the first Mystic Kalinga Literary Award announced during the Kalinga Literary Festival.[10]

She won Sahitya Akademi Award 2020 for English for When God is a Traveller.[11]



  • Love Without a Story[12] ISBN 978-9388689458
  • When God Is a Traveller.ISBN 978-9388689458,[13]
  • Where I Live: New & Selected Poems. Bloodaxe Books UK, 2009.
  • Where I Live. (Poetry in English). Allied Publishers India, 2005.
  • On Cleaning Bookshelves. (Poetry in English). Allied Publishers India, 2001.


  • Women Who Wear Only Themselves, Speaking Tiger, 2021
  • Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga (co-author with Sadhguru) Harper Element, 2017, ISBN 978-9352643929
  • Sadhguru: More Than A Life, biography, Penguin Ananda, 2010 (third reprint)
  • The Book of Buddha, Penguin, 2005 (reprinted several times)

As Editor[edit]

  • Pilgrim’s India (An Anthology of Essays and Poems on Sacred Journeys), Penguin, 2011
  • Confronting Love (An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Love Poems) (Co-edited with Jerry Pinto), Penguin, 2005
  • Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry, Penguin, 2014

See also


  1. ^ Karmakar, Goutam (October 2017). "Interview: Arundhathi Subramaniam". Setu Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Arundhathi Subramaniam".
  3. ^ "Arundhathi Subramaniam". Retrieved 1 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Arundhathi Subramaniam's new volume of poetry is unpredictable and utterly compelling". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ Journeys with God, The Hindu 7 November, 2014 17:26 IST.
  6. ^ "Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry". BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 9 June 2016.[verification needed]
  7. ^ Grove, Richard. "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India". No. current. Hidden Brook Press, Canada. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2015.[verification needed]
  8. ^ "Hidden Brook Press". Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015.[verification needed]
  9. ^ Arundhathi Subramaniam wins poetry prize, The Hindu 25 January 2015.
  10. ^ Arundhathi Subramaniam honoured with first Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards, The Times of India 23 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Veerappa Moily, Arundhathi Subramania among others to receive Sahitya Akademi Award-2020". Indian Express. 12 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Arundhathi Subramaniam's latest book is on Love". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Book Review: When God is a Traveller". The DNA. Retrieved 24 September 2014.