Mamta G Sagar, born in 1966 Bangalore, India, writes in Kannada language spoken in Karnataka State, located in the southern part of India. She spent her early days at Sagara for about sixteen years till she moved back to Bangalore in the 80’s. Presently she lives in Hyderabad.
She has studied Journalism and Literature. Taught Kannada language/literature, Indian literature, Women Writing in India, Gender Studies, Dalit Literature, Literature of the Marginal and Comparative Literature for the graduate and postgraduate students. She has an experience working for voluntary organisations involved with women and related issues and eradication of child labor. As a journalist she has worked with some of the important national newspapers like The Hindu, Business Line and Indian Express. As Art and Theatre critic she has written catalogues for artists’ exhibitions and articles on contemporary Indian art and theatre.
Mamta has directed 'Purdah', a play script in Urdu language, evolved during a workshop conducted by her for the girls from economically backward Muslim communities. This play was staged at ‘AKKA’, National Theatre Festival for Women, Mysore,2001.
With a specialisation in Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, Kannada Literature and Cultural Discourse; she has presented papers on gender, literature and women’s issues at national and international conferences. Mamta has a doctorate in Comparative Literature from University of Hyderabad and her doctoral thesis is titled as, ‘Gender, Patriarchy and Resistance: Contemporary Women’s Poetry in Kannada and Hindi (1980-2000) ’. Mamta has read her poems in important poetry conferences in India and abroad. She represented India at the 9th Poetry Africa Festival,10th - 15th October, in Durban, South Africa.
She has authored two collection of poems:
'Kaada Navilina Hejje' (Foot Steps of the Wild Peacock) and 'Nadiya Neerina Teva' (Dampness of the River) , published by Akshara Prakashana, Heggodu,1992 and Ila Prakashana, Bangalore,1999 respectively.
Four plays written by her are:
'Aa Ondu Raatri' (That Night) , on problems of the girl children,1989.
'Mayye Bhara Manave Bhara' (Heavy On The Mind, Heavy On The Body) , staged at the National Theatre Festival, Bombay,1990 is titled as The Swing of Desire, and included in the anthology, 'Staging Resistance: Plays by Women in Translation', Oxford University Press, New Delhi,2004.
'Chukki Chukki Chandakki' (Chukki The Star Clad Moon) , a musical play for children staged more than sixty shows and published in the book form by C.V.G. Publications, Bangalore,1999.
'Rajakumaari Kathe' (The Princess’ Story) ,2001.
Her poems are published in:
ROUTES, ‘Moving Worlds’ A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol 2, Issue One, University of Leeds, UK,2002.
SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NEWS LETTER, IOWA University, USA,2002.
The poem 'For Ahmedi', is included in the book, 'Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence in India', Sage Publications, New Delhi.2004.
SAMYUKTA, A journal of Women Studies, Thiruvananthapuram,2001.
INDIAN LITERATURE no.193, Sept-Oct’99 issue, published by Kendra Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Her poems are translated into Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu and English languages and have seen publication in various journals and poetry anthologies in those respective languages, apart from being published independently in various magazines, journals, edited anthologies and news papers in Kannada language. Her poems, articles and translations are published on: