Ketaki Kushari Dyson (b. 1940)

Ketaki Kushari Dyson was born in Calcutta in 1940 and educated at Calcutta and Oxford. She has been based in England since her marriage to an Englishman in 1964. She writes in both Bengali and English, and in a diversity of genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, essays, criticism, literary translation, and research-based works. She has published six full-length collections of poetry in Bengali and four in English. Her first play was premiered in Bengali in Manchester City of Drama 1994 and toured England and Wales in 2000 in her own English translation. Her Selected Poems of Rabindranath Tagore (1991) is a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation. In 2003, OUP (Delhi) published Selected Poems of Buddhadeva Bose, another book of translations by her.

Her research-based books include a study of the journals and memoirs of the British in India in 1765-1856; the relationship between Tagore and the Argentine woman of letters, Victoria Ocampo; and a study, done jointly with other scholars, of the effects of protanopic colour vision on Tagore's writings and art. Her second play was staged in Calcutta in January 2002. She has received the Ananda Puraskar twice and the Bhubanmohini Dasi medal of the University of Calcutta for her contribution to Bengali letters. For a full list of her published books visit her website at

Published September 30, 2006

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