R. Parthasarathy

R. Parthasarathy

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R. Parthasarathy is a poet, translator, critic, and editor from Tamil Nadu. Rough Passage (Poetry in English - 1977) and Poetry from Leeds (1968) are his noted poetry works in English. He has edited the work - Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets for Oxford University Press, New Delhi and has done the translation work of classic Tamil work - Chilappatikaram of Ilanko Atikal. He has also translated a few more works from Tamil literature. At present he serves as the Associate Professor of English and Asian Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He has earlier served as member of the Advisory Board for English of the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.


Rajagopal Parthasarathy was born on August 20, 1934 in Tirupparaiturai near Tiruchirappalli. His schooling was done at Don Bosco High School and later completed graduation from Siddharth College, Mumbai and at Leeds University, UK. He was a British Council Scholar in 1963–64 while at UK. After returning to India, he joined as lecturer at Mumbai teaching English literature. He worked for 10 yreas in Mumbai as an English lecturer. Later he joined Oxford University Press in 1971 as Regional Editor in Chennai. In 1978 he moved to Delhi.


Poetry from Leeds in 1968 and Rough Passage in 1977 are his first published works. He edited ‘Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets’ published by Oxford University Press in 1976 which has been reprinted 16th edition in 2002.  He translated the classic Tamil work Chilappathikaram as ‘The Tale of the Anklet: An Epic of South India’ in the year 1993. This translation work received numerous awards including Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize in 1995 and The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. – A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation in 1996.

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Updated: February 28, 2014


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