Poems

Mangalesh Dabral

Mangalesh Dabral
Foto: Goethe-Institut / Andrea Fernandes
Mangalesh Dabral was born on May 16, 1948 in the Himalayan region of Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. Mangalesh is a prominent contemporary Indian Hindi poet.

He has spent all his adult life as a literary editor in various newspapers published from Delhi and other north Indian cities. He has served at Hindi Patriot, Pratipaksh and Aaspaas in Delhi. Later, he worked as Assistant Editor in Purvagrah published from Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. For a short span of time, he also worked at Amrit Prabhat published from Allahabad and Lucknow. He was the editor of Jansatta. After working in Sahara Samay as Editor, Manglesh joined National Book Trust as an Editorial Consultant. After leaving National Book Trust, India, he joined the Hindi monthly 'Public Agenda' as Editor.

His books include five collections of poems, two collections of literary essays and sociocultural commentary, and a book of conversations. He has also published a travel account, Ek Baar Iowa (Once in Iowa, 1996), based on his experiences in Iowa, USA, where he resided for three months as a fellow of the International Writing Programme in 1991.

His poems have been widely translated and published in all major Indian languages and in Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Polish and Bulgarian and included in various periodicals. He has also travelled and given poetry readings in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and various cities in Germany during the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1996. He has translated into Hindi the poems of Pablo Neruda, Bertolt Brecht, Ernesto Cardenal, Yannis Ritsos, Tadeusz Rozewicz, Zbigniew Herbert, to name a few. He has also worked as a consultant to the National Book Trust, India, and received a number of awards, including Shamsher Sammaan (1995), Pahal Sammaan (1998) and the Sahitya Akademi Award (2000).

Poems

पुरानी तस्वीरें /
Alte Fotos


यह नंबर मौजूद नहीं /
die gewählte rufummer ist nicht vergeben


संगतकार /
der nebensolist


बची हुई जगहें /
Verbleibende Orte