Kanaka Ha Ma

Kanaka Ha Ma is a noted Kannada poet and columnist. She has also been active as a Theatre actor and a freelance journalist for Kannada publications.[1]

Kanaka Ha Ma
Karnataka, India
OccupationWriter, Poet, Columnist
Spouse(s)P. C. Vishnunath


Kanaka hails from Halikere, Shimoga district in Karnataka.[2] She is married to P. C. Vishnunath and the couple have one child.


Three collections of her poetry have been published by Akshara Prakashana which is run by Ninasam. She also translated noted Urdu poet, Javed Akhtar's book Tarkash to Kannada [3] Her poems are featured on Poetry International Rotterdam and have been translated into English and French.[4] Kanaka also used to write columns for Kannada publications including Lankesh Patrike and Kannada daily Udayavani.< While working with SPARROW (Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women) she translated poems and interviews[5] of Urdu, Marathi and Kannada writers and edited books on them.[6] She is a founder member[7] and Director[8] of PAMPA (People for Performing Arts and More) which has organized the SIWE (South Indian Writers Ensemble)[9] at Chengannur for the last 3 years.[10] In November 1997 she attended the International Poetry Biennale at Ivry Sur Seine, France along with other well known poets like Kanimozhi and Bei Dao.[11]


Some of her works are

  • Holebagilu (The River Gate,1993)[12]
  • Papanashini (The Destroyer of Sins, 1997)[12]
  • Arabi emba kadalu (The Arabian Sea, 2006)[13]
  • Battalike (Tarkash, 2003)[14]


  1. ^ "Kanaka Ha. Ma". Poetry International Rotterdam. Poetry International. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Nature poetry: a second renaissance?". Sunday Herald Articulations. Deccan Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  3. ^ D'souza, Priya. "Poems are a garland of small freedoms". Poetry International Rotterdam. Poetry International Rotterdam. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ Zachariah, Mini Pant (22 February 2010). "A treasure of women's history at SPARROW". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Publication Translations". Sparrow Online. Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  6. ^ Ha. Ma., Kanaka. "Participants". Bangalore Literature Festival 2015. Bangalore Literature Festival. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Literary fete at Chengannur". The Hindu. PTI. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  8. ^ "SIWE Invitation" (PDF). Anjali Writes. Wordpress. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  9. ^ "South India Writers' Ensemble at Chengannur on 24th July". DC Books. DC Books. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Prominent Writers to Take Part in SIWE". The New Indian Express. Express News Service. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Looking at It This Way". Open The Magazine. Open Media network. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Kanaka Ha. Ma". Akshara Prakashana. Akshara Prakashana. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Arabi emba kadalu". Akshara Prakashana. Akshara Prakashana. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Catalog" (PDF). Indira Gandh National Center for the Arts SRC.