Writer | Poet | Correspondent

Parvathi has a parallel career as a writer, and has written extensively as an arts correspondent for newspapers and magazines in India, Singapore and Indonesia. Writing literally hundreds of pieces, her works have included features, reviews and commentaries on contemporary art and culture for such publications as The Business Times Singapore (where she was Senior Arts Correspondent for several years, and editor of several arts magazines released by the paper), and other prestigious publications such as The Hindu and National Geographic.

Parvathi’s creative writing includes poetry and fiction. Parvathi’s fiction writing has been picked for The Best Asian Short Stories 2021 by Kitaab; and shortlisted for The Bombay Review Creative Writing Award 2021. The cover design for 15 Tables at TranQuebar a novel of interlinked short stories that she has co-authored with four other writers has been released in Chennai. She is currently working on a novel of conceptually-connected stories.

 

Parvathi likes intersections of art and text, and has experimented with the photopoetic form. Parvathi’s poem features in The Yearbook of Indian Poetry 2021, her photopoetry series was showcased at HELD: The Lockdown in Images and Words, presented by the Goethe Institut Chennai (2020). Parvathi’s poetry is often closely tied with her art as complementary pieces: her solo The Ambiguity of Landscapes (Chennai, 2014) had a central installation around her poem Mappings-In a Fragmented City; an extract from the poem Two Colours was published by International Gallerie (Vol16 No1, 2013); the poem, Black and White was part of the installation and catalogue accompanying her solo Drawing is a Verb (Singapore, 2006). She has presented An Evening of Indian Poetry at the Asian Civilizations Museum (Singapore, 2006).

Selected Writing Achievements

2021

  • ‘Rattrap’ selected for the anthology The Best Asian Short Stories (TBAS2021)
    by Singapore-based journal Kitaab - Asian Print anthology

  • Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English, Edited by Sukrita Paul Kumar and Vinita Agrawal,
    printed by Hakawal Publishers features the poem ‘Not His Fault’ - India Print anthology

  • Short story ‘Play of Shadows’ published on Amazon International

  • Shortlisted for Creative Writing Fiction Prize by The Bombay Review (Mumbai, New York) India

2018

  • Essay “Reimagined River”, Embrace Our Rivers published by Kerber Cupture
    & Speaking Tiger 1994-present Freelance arts/cultural commentator and writer.

  • Interviewed international creative talents such as filmmaker Mira Nair, artist Mariko Mori, architect Rem Koolhaas,
    Guggenheim director Thomas Krens; covered international arts events such as the Venice Biennale 2005.

  • Written for such publications as National Geographic, The Hindu, The Week