Born in 1955, Nirupama Dutt is an established presence in the field of Punjabi poetry and short fiction. A senior journalist with over twenty-eight years of experience, she works as Features Editor with The Tribune. She has published one volume of poems – Ik Nadi Sanwali Jahi (A Stream Somewhat Dark) – for which she was awarded the Delhi Punjabi Akademi Award in 2000. Her poetry has been translated into English, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Urdu and featured in various anthologies. In 2004, she co-edited with Ajeet Cour an anthology of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) poetry entitled Our Voices. A seasoned translator of poetry and fiction, she has translated and edited Stories of the Soil, an anthology of Punjabi short stories for Penguin India.
This, according to Dutt, is the enduring challenge: to write fearlessly, unafraid of belittlement or incomprehension, confident that if the writing emerges from integrity of experience, “the mainstream will come to you.”
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Ik Nadi Sanwali Jahi (A Stream Somewhat Dark). Aadhar Prakashan, Panchkula, 1995.
Our Voices: An Anthology of SAARC Poetry (ed. Ajeet Cour and Nirupama Dutt). Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (India), New Delhi, 2004.
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‘I will meet you yet again’: Translation of Amrita Pritam’s poem by Nirupama Dutt
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News report on the launch of a book of short stories by Pakistani women writers, Half the Sky, edited by Nirupama Dutt
“Mind your language”: Interview with Nirupama Dutt by Lekshmy Rajeev
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