Mangalesh Dabral was born 16 May 1948, in Kafalpani, Tehri Garhwal, U.P. He is a Poet, journalist and translator.
He has published three collections of poems: Pahar par lalten (1981), Ghar ka rasta (1988),Ham jo dekhate hain (1995), a travel Dairy, Ek bar Iowa (1996) and a collection of articles, Lekhak ki roti (1998).
He was awarded Omprakash Smriti Samman (1982), Shrikant Verma Puraskar (1989), Shamsher Samman (1995), and Pahal Samman (1996).
His poems have been translated and published in all major Indian languages and in English, Russian, German, Polish, Spanish, Bulgarian languages. Included in various anthologies, such as ‘Periplus’ (ed. Daniel Weissbort and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra),’Survival’ (ed. Daniel Weissbort and Girdhar Rathi), ‘Gestures’ (an anthology of poems from SAARC countries and ‘Signatures’ (ed. K. Satchidanandan).
He has translated from English into Hindi works of Berlolt Brecht, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Yannis Ritsos, Ernesto Cardenal, Pablo Neruda, Dora Gaben, Stanca Pencheva, Zbigniew Herbert etc. Co-transator of Herman Hesse’s novel ‘Siddhartha’ and Nabarun Bhattacharya’s poems ‘Yeh Mrityupatyaka Nahin Hai Mera Desh’. He edited an anthology of teacher-poets of Rajasthan, Ret ghari.
He has travelled and given poetry readings in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Russia. He has visited Iowa city as fellow of International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa.
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