Author Guillermo Rodríguez converses with Farrukh Dhondy about the life and work of A.K. Ramanujan (1929-1993), one of India’s finest poets, translators, essayists, and scholars of the twentieth century. Utilizing a spectrum of published and unpublished sources, including some of Ramanujan’s hitherto unknown private diaries, notes, poetry draft s, and scholarly writings sourced from the A.K. Ramanujan Papers archived at the University of Chicago, Dr. Rodriguez traces in his book When Mirrors Are Windows. A View of AK Ramanujan´s Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2016) Ramanujan’s life in India and the US and the influence that classical Tamil, medieval bhakti, oral folk aesthetics, as well as western literature had on his creativity and poetics.
Following the talk, Mónica de la Fuente will present a dance performance based on A.K. Ramanujan´s diaries, poetry and translations recited by Guillermo Rodríguez.
Dr. Guillermo Rodríguez is the founding director of Casa de la India, a pioneering cultural centre set up in Valladolid, Spain, in 2003 by the ICCR, University of Valladolid and City Council of Valladolid. He holds a PhD from the University of Kerala and the University of Valladolid. In the year 2012 he was awarded the Friendship Award by the Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, for his contribution to Indo-Spanish cultural relations.
Monica de la Fuente is a dancer - choreographer in Indian performing arts and has specialized over the last 20 years in creating innovative works based on the classical and contemporary dances of India. Supported by the governments of India and Spain through ICCR and AECID scholarships in the 1990s, she received training in Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra (Chennai) and under Meena Raman, and in Kathakali at Kerala Kalamandalam and Margi (Trivandrum).