Biography of Sharmila Ray
Sharmila Ray went to Presidency College and Calcutta University where she majored in History did her Ph.D. on Durga and governance and subsequently joined City College, Kolkata under Calcutta University where she is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History. She writes in English and has authored six books of poetry; Earth Me And You (Granthalaya, Kolkata 1996) , A Day With Rini(Poetry And Art 1998) , Down Salt Water (Poets Foundation, Kolkata1999) , Living Other Lives(Minerva Press, New Delhi, Mumbai, London 2004) , It’s Fantasy, It’s Reality (Punaschya, Kolkata 2010) , With Salt And Brine (Yeti Publishers, Calicut 2013) . She has experimented her poems with sarod (Indian string instrument) and the result is a CD— Journey Through Poetry And Music. Her poems are available in a CD- Hello. Her poems, short stories and non fictional essays have appeared in various national and international magazines and journals. For a time she looked after the column Moving Hand Writes (Cal Times, Times Of India) . She also edited Poetry And Art, a journal of art and poetry (1992-1998) , The Journal (2012-13) , journal of the Poetry Society of India. She was also on the board of juries for All India Poetry Competition organized by Poetry Society of India and Ministry of Human Resources, Government Of India. She conducted poetry workshops and resource person for translation workshops organised by the British Council Kolkata, SahityaAkademi (Indian Academy of Letters, India) and Poetry Society India and participated in various seminars organized by Universities and private institutions. She also curated an exhibition combining paintings and poems sponsored by Alliance Francaise, Calcutta and Indian Alluminium. Currently she is the editor of Poetry And Art. She had been invited to International Struga Poetry Evenings, in Macedonia where she represented India and International poets meet in Kerala to share stage with Ben Okri.. She has been widely anthologized and featured both in India and abroad. She has been reading her poems in various parts of the country. Her poems have been translated into Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Slovene, Hebrew and Spanish. Currently she is working on a poetry manuscript and non-fictional essays.
Sharmila Ray's Works:
Earth Me and You, Down Salt Water, A Day with Rini,
Living Other Lives, Its Fantasy, Its Reality, With Salt and Brine.
Sharmila Ray Poems
SMELL There are too many people here hurrying towards the metro. Their body odour spill over themselves mingle in the dusty air in soft slow motion.You hold my hand and we move away. My cologne-doused smell an explosion on your senses.
Hello, writing to you is like writing on a blank page which magically will soak in all the words and become blank again. So there is only blank.Writing to you is addressing a blank within me. Tracing a line from your forehead down to your lips and then to
Can you hear your voice my voice and everything that’s going on?
A Strong Word
Missing you is a strong word. It has a smell to it, mushy and oppressive. Sometimes, in the dead of the night the word condenses before it scatters into hundreds of colour photographs.
Crossed legged on the floor I open the first chapter on trade winds. The warm fragrance of distant cities and abandoned shells
Naked and immense the ruins stare at me. Here the evenings are still born children and
Alphabets march to enter my heart but an ancient wind stops them, They get lost. They die
A Strong Word
Missing you is a strong word.
It has a smell to it, mushy and oppressive.
Sometimes, in the dead of the night the word condenses
before it scatters into hundreds of colour photographs.
I put my hand over my eyes so as not to be dazzled.
Yet, the word blinks at me, blue –
a deep, deep blue.
I wake up as dawn breaks
and the word melts