Anuradha Bhattacharyya
Kolkata INDIA

Biography

Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya is author of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi Award winning novels One Word 2016 and Still She Cried 2019. She is a prolific writer and poet of long standing, with poetry on topics ranging from life, love to death and immortality. She has won the Poiesis Award for Excellence in Literature for her short story Painting Black and Blue in 2018. She has been honoured with the Commendation Award on Republic Day of India from the Governor of Chandigarh in 2019. Her first book of poems was published in 1998. Since then she has been widely anthologized and interviewed.

She has published two academic books, The Lacanian Author and Twentieth Century European Literature. Knots is her book of poems on the theme of friendship and Lofty - to fill up a cultural chasm is on the theme of love and responsibility.
Anuradha is the only daughter of Professor Tapan Kumar Bhattacharyya and Chitra Bhattacharyya. Chitra's father Professor Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya is a well known art historian, who served as the first Director of the Indian Museum till 1975 and published 37 books thereafter. He received the 2017 Padma Shri Award in the field of archeology.

Her book of poems My Dadu 2020 is based on her interactions with her grandfather in his home since her childhood. The poems had won a grant-in-aid for publication from the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi in the category of English poetry.

Anuradha's father was a professor of Engineering and a strict father. Anuradha is known for being rebellious and willful. Her stint with poetry has emerged from her repressed emotions

She graduated from Banasthali Vidyapith in 1996. It was a place she did not like to live in. She completed her Masters in English from Jadavpur University in 1998. There she lived for two years with her grandfather. Professor Ananda Lal was her tutor. It was during this term that her poetry came to light as professor P. Lal published her first book of poems.

She is a PhD from IIT Kharagpur, where she received her JRF from 2000 to 2003. After living in seven different cities since her birth, she settled in Chandigarh in 2006 with her government service and is presently Associate Professor of English in PG Government College, Sector-11, Chandigarh, INDIA. She lives with her husband Atul Singh and daughter Anusmita.
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