Editor, Writer & Translator
Ms Anjum Katyal has been involved with theatre publishing as an editor, writer, translator and critic. Chief Editor of Seagull Books, Calcutta (1987–2006), she was Editor of Seagull Theatre Quarterly (1994–2004), the only national theatre journal of its time, which focused particularly on the voices of practitioners. The author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre (Sage, 2012), and Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience (Sage 2015), she has translated Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor (Charandas the Thief) and Hirma ki Amar Kahani (The Living Tale of Hirma) as well as Usha Ganguli’s Rudali (Funeral Wailers) and stories by Mahasweta Devi and Meera Mukherjee; and is currently translating Habib Tanvir’s Bahadur Kalarin. As Editor of Art and the City, a web magazine on the contemporary arts, she has commissioned and edited pieces on contemporary theatre in urban India. She is presently Consultant (Publications) with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), a research institute based in Kolkata; and Co-Director, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. A published poet, she also sings the blues.