R. Parthasarathy (full name: Rajagopal Parthasarathy), is an Indian poet, translator, critic, and editor.

Early Life and Education

Rajagopal Parthasarathy was born in 1934 at Tirupparaiturai near Tiruchchirappalli. He was educated at Don Bosco High School and Siddharth College, Mumbai and at Leeds University, UK, where he was British Council Scholar in 1963–64.


He was Lecturer in English Literature in Mumbai for ten years before joining Oxford University Press in 1971 as Regional Editor in Chennai. He moved to New Delhi in 1978. He is Associate Professor of English and Asian Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA .

His works include Poetry from Leeds in 1968, Rough Passage brought out by Oxford University Press in 1977, a long poem ( Preface "a book where all poems form part of a single poem, as it were" – R. Parthasarathy ) and edited Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets published by Oxford University Press in 1976 which went into Sixteenth Impression only in 2002.He translates from Tamil to English. His translation into modern English verse of the 5th-century Tamil epic, The Tale of the Anklet: An Epic of South India brought out by Columbia UP in 1993. It has received significant awards including the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize in 1995 and The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. – A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation in 1996. He was awarded the Ulka Poetry Prize of Poetry India in 1966. He was a member of the University of Iowa Writing Program during 1978–79. He was member of the Advisory Board for English of the Sahitya Akademi – the National Academy of Letters, New Delhi, India .

Rajagopal Parthasarathy's Works:

Rough Passage. (Poetry in English). New Delhi: Oxford University Press, India 1977.

Ten Twentieth-Century Indian Poets. ( Chosen and Edited by R. Parthasarathy ). New Delhi: Oxford University Press, India 1977.

Cilappatikaram of Ilanko Atikal (The Tale of an Anklet): An Epic of South India. ( Translator – R. Parthasarathy ). New York: Columbia University Press, USA 1993.

Poems by Rajagopal Parthasarathy

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