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Shreekumar Varma

Chennai, Tamilnadu, India


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SHREEKUMAR VARMA has been journalist, editor, publisher, printer, radio broadcaster, entrepreneur and college lecturer. He has published poems, articles, short stories and interviews in several publications.
He wrote several columns including WORDPLAY, BY THE WAY, PLATFORM and ALL THAT GLITTERS, in The New Indian Express, The Economic Times' Madras Plus, Ritz Magazine and the Deccan Herald.
He is an Adjunct Professor of English at the Chennai Mathematical Institute.
He was a Charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Madras Southwest.
His award-winning plays, The Dark Lord and Bow Of Rama, were staged by the British Council, and by The Hindu and the Madras Players. Platform was staged in 2005 to launch the golden jubilee celebrations of the Madras Players. Midnight Hotel (2009) ran to packed houses with 10 shows.
His children's book, THE ROYAL REBEL, was published in 1997 by Macmillan.
His novel, LAMENT OF MOHINI, was published by Penguin in June 2000.
His children's novel, DEVIL'S GARDEN: Tales Of Pappudom, was published by Puffin in July 2006, and has been Hindustan Times' Book Of The Week.
His children's novel, THE MAGIC STORE OF NU-CHAM-VU, was published by Puffin in August 2009. The book is illustrated by his son, Vinayak Varma.
His poem CYBER RIVER and story BACK TO PAPPUDOM were published in The Puffin Book of Poems For Children and The Puffin Book of Funny Stories respectively.
His essay Those Were The Daze is featured in the anthology of "Kerala writings", Where The Rain Is Born (Penguin). His stories, Jasmine For The Blue God and The Supervisor, were published in A Cup Of Chai (Unisun). His story-play, Fort Lines, was published by Rupa Publishers in the anthology, Kerala, Kerala, Quite Contrary.
His essay on The Practice Of Poetry was published by Puffin in Get Smart! Writing Skills.
He wrote the background poetry for two classical dance performances entitled Vamshi and Monsoon. He has been Poet Of The Week at and
He is married to Geeta and has two sons, Vinayak and Karthik. He is the great grandson of the artist Raja Ravi Varma, grandson of the last ruling Maharani of Travancore and the son of the Matriarch of the Travancore royal family. He Goa-based novel, MARIA'S ROOM, will be published by Harper Collins in November 2009. He has also completed a musical play for children, NATHU'S DREAM.
Forthcoming work includes a book on the city of Chennai, a new novel set in Kerala and an "academic" novel set in Scotland and India.
He was awarded a fellowship by the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, UK, and was writer-in-residence at Stirling University in Scotland in 2004.

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Interests: poetry, theatre, music, reading

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Children's Literature

  • The Royal Rebel
  • DEVIL'S GARDEN: Tales Of Pappudom