Foto: Goethe-Institut / Elyon Blah
Poetry, says Maitrayee Patar, is her meditation. A postgraduate in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics and an M.Phil in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She belongs to the indigenous Tiwa tribe but writes and publishes in Assamese. Although nature is a prominent element in almost all of Maitrayee’s poems, her poetry has experienced a complex impact of memories- the tranquil of her ancestral village, the transition of Guwahati, the city of her childhood and adolescence, and the experiences of multiple metro cities in adulthood have impacted her poetry.Her poems have been translated into languages including Italian, Nepali, Hindi, Tiwa and Malayalam. She is also a professional vocalist with a few critically acclaimed songs to her name and is co-founder, composer and lyricist at Baartalaap, a musical record company in Mumbai.