Prof. K. Satchidananadan, former Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi (The National Academy of Letters, India), is an internationally recognised poet, critic, translator and editor. He has 22 collections of poetry, 16 collections of translations of poetry, 20 works of literary criticism including four in English, 4 plays and 3 travelogues to his credit. He has received 25 awards at regional, national and international levels, including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award four times, India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Govt. of Poland and Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Govt. of Italy. His collections of poetry have appeared in 16 languages including Arabic, English, French, Italian and German. He has edited eight journals including Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi’s bimonthly and several anthologies of poetry, short stories and essays in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He has travelled across the world, reading and lecturing and represented India in several international fairs and festivals including The Sarajevo Poetry Days, Berlin Literary Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Leipzig Book Fair, Paris Book Fair, Lahore Book Fair, London Book Fair,The Indo-Arab Literary Festival at AbuDhabi, Moscow Book Fair, The Festivals of Culture in the USSR and in China, Writers’ Exchange Programmes in Syria, France, Italy , Sweden and the U.S.A.