Nirupama Dutt

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Nirupam Dutta (born 1955) is an Indian poet, journalist and translator. She writes poems in Punjabi, and translates them into English herself.

A senior journalist with forty years of experience, she has worked with leading Indian newspapers and journals.

Her biography of a Dalit Icon 'The Ballad of Bent Singh ‘has been widely noticed. She has also translated the memoirs and poetry of Punjab's Dalit revolutionary poet Lal Singh Dill in a volume called 'Poet of the Revolution'.

She has published one volume of poems – Ki Nadim Santali Jahir (A Stream Somewhat Dark) – for which she was awarded the Punjabi Academy Award in 2000.

Her poetry has been translated into English, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Urdu and featured in various anthologies.

In 2004, she co-edited with Ajeet Court an anthology of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) poetry entitled Our Voices.

She has translated the short poems of Gulzar in a volume titled 'Pluto' and 'Stories of the Soil' is her translation of 41 Punjabi stories into English.

She has also edited a book of fiction by Pakistani women writers called Half the Sky and one of resistance literature of Pakistan called 'Children of the Night'.

As a journalist, Dutta has taken a strong secularist line standing against fundamentalism and communalism.

She has written on issues ranging from terrorism in Punjab, the November 1984 massacre of the Sikhs, the Bari Masjid demolition and the Gujarat carnage.

Nirupam’s poetry has been featured on the Poetry Web International.She is convener of a women's study group called Hampshire. She lives and writes in Chandigarh.


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