Sachin Ketkar was selected by Marathi poet Hemant Divate for the November 2008 edition of PIW India, ‘Poets on Poets’.
Sachin Ketkar (born 1972) is a writer, translator and critic, based in Baroda, Gujarat. He has authored two collections of poems – one in Marathi and one in English – and has translated and edited an anthology of contemporary Marathi poetry, entitled Live Update. He has worked on translating fiction and poetry from Gujarati and Marathi into English. His translation projects have focused on the work of Gujarati short fiction writers, Nazir Mansuri and Mona Patrawala, as well as 15th-century Gujarati poet, Narsinh Mehta. He holds a doctorate in translation studies and works as a Reader in the Department of English at the MS University, Baroda. He is also a contributing editor for New Quest, a journal for participatory cultural enquiry in Mumbai.
Writes Hemant Divate on the poet of his choice:
“Sachin is one of the most unusual talents in contemporary Marathi poetry today . . . He can be very detached about himself, and at the same time, he reflects upon the world in an exceedingly personal way. This makes his poems paradoxically self-centred and other-centred. He usually writes about mundane and ‘un-poetic’ objects in an exceptionally imaginative way.
Divate concludes: “All this makes Sachin Ketkar’s vision and style particularly idiosyncratic and original. He is also one of the best young translators and critics in Marathi today.”
Bhintishivaicya Khidkitun Dokavtana, (Marathi poems), Abhidhanantar Prakashan, Mumbai, 2004
A Dirge for the Dead Dog and other Incantations' (English poems), Sanbun Publishers, New Delhi, 2003
As Translator and Editor
Live Update: An Anthology of Recent Marathi Poetry, Poetrywala Publications, Mumbai, 2005
Live Update: A Brief Introduction to New Marathi Poetry
Poet, editor and translator Sachin Ketkar discusses a contemporary Marathi poetry milieu in a state of creative ferment, and introduces his anthology of new Marathi poetry.
esnips; Live Spaces; Good Reads
Some websites with Sachin Ketkar’s profile and more English and Marathi poems.
Sachin Ketkar's English translations of the 15th-century Gujarati saint-poet, Narsinh Mehta