Arundhathi Subramaniam

Arundhathi Subramaniam is a noted Indian poet, writer, critic, Curator, translator, Journalist, writing in English [1] [2] [3] [4] [5], [6]. Arundhathi is the award-winning author of twelve books of poetry and prose. She is a pioneer of Bhakti poetry.

Arundhathi Subramaniam
OccupationPoet, writer, Journalist, critic, Curator
ResidenceMumbai, Coimbatore, India
Alma materJB Petit High School, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai,University of Mumbai

Life and careerEdit

Arundhathi Subramaniam books of poetry and prose, widely translated and anthologised, her volume of poetry, When God is a Traveller (2014) was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Mystic Kalinga award, the Charles Wallace, Visiting Arts and Homi Bhabha Fellowships, among others. She has written extensively on culture and spirituality, and has worked over the years as poetry editor, cultural curator and critic.

As prose writer, her books include The Book of Buddha, the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than a Life and most recently, Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga (co-authored with Sadhguru). As editor, her most recent book is the Penguin anthology of sacred poetry, Eating God.

Her poetry has been published in various international journals and anthologies, including Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Poets (Penguin India); Sixty Indian Poets (Penguin India), Both Sides of the Sky (National Book Trust, India),We Speak in Changing Languages (Sahitya Akademi), Fulcrum No 4: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, US), The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, UK), Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry [7]( United States ), The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[8] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[9] Canada. and Atlas: New Writing (Crossword/ Aark Arts)

She has worked as Head of Dance and Chauraha (an inter-arts forum) at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, and has been Editor of the India domain of the Poetry International Web.


Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry: On 25 January 2015, Arundhathi won the first Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work When God is a Traveller. The prize was announced as part of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.[10]

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award: On 22 December 2017, Arundhathi won the first Mystic Kalinga Literary Award for her work in English Literature. The prize was announced as part of Mystic Kalinga - An International Festival of Mythology, poetry and performance, Kalinga Literary Festival.[11]



Poetry collectionsEdit

  • Love Without a Story. [[Amazon Westland[12]]], [13] ISBN 978-9388689458
  • When God Is a Traveller. [14] ISBN 978-9388689458, [15] ISBN 978-9388689458 Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2014. ISBN 978-9351363019
  • Where I Live: New & Selected Poems. Bloodaxe Books UK, 2009.
  • Where I Live. (Poetry in English). Allied Publishers India, 2005.
  • On Cleaning Bookshelves. (Poetry in English). Allied Publishers India, 2001.


  • Sadhguru: More Than A Life, biography, Penguin Ananda, 2010 (third reprint)
  • The Book of Buddha, Penguin, 2005 (reprinted several times)

As EditorEdit

  • Pilgrim’s India (An Anthology of Essays and Poems on Sacred Journeys), Penguin, 2011
  • Confronting Love (An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Love Poems) (Co-edited with Jerry Pinto), Penguin, 2005
  • Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry, Penguin, 2014



Appearances in the following poetry AnthologiesEdit

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