Born in 1955, is a Hindi poet, painter, translator and environmental activist. She was a teacher of English literature for two decades at the University of Chandigarh, from where she resigned five years ago and moved to the township of Hoshangabad in central India on the banks of the river Narmada, where she devotes herself to writing, painting and translation full-time. As an activist, she has worked extensively in rural Madhya Pradesh at developing an innovative child centered pedagogy, and has supported the cause of the dam-dislocated people of the Narmada valley as well as the victims of the 1984 gas disaster in Bhopal. She has published five collections of poetry: Teji aur Rustam ki Kavitaen (Harper Collins, New Delhi, 2009), Maitri (Surya Prakashan Mandir, Bikaner, 2008), Ant ki Kucch aur Kavitayen (Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, 2000), Lo Kaha Sanbari (National Publishing House, New Delhi, 1994) Yahan Kucch Andheri Aur Tikhi Hai Nadi (Bharati Bhasha Prakashan, New Delhi, 1983); one novel called Neela, (Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, 1999); and a collection of short stories, Sapne Mein Prem ki Saat Kahanian (Vani Prakashan, New Delhi, 2009). Her poems have been translated into a number of Indian and foreign languages, including Swedish and Polish; has done readings and delivered lectures mostly in Scandinavian countries; and has been invited to international literary festivals in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Ms. Grover is a recipient of the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Award (1989), the Raza Award for Poetry (2003), and the Senior Fellowship from the Central Ministry of Culture. She was also the writer-in-residence at Premchand Srijan Peeth, Ujjain (1995-1997).
She is the language consultant for Swedish and Norwegian for the multiscript magazine Pratilipi, that provides a space for interactions between diverse sorts of writing and writers. Teji Grover lives and works in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.
Knut Hamsun’s novels Pan (2002) and Hunger (2004); with Rustam Singh, two plays, Hedda Gabler and Master Builder (2006) by Henrik Ibsen ; an anthology of 23 Swedish poets, Barf Ki Khushboo (2001) , Tove Olga Aurora, a collection of poems by Lars Lundkvist (2005). Also Ten Contemporary Norwegian Short Stories , (2008); a selection and translation of Swedish poet Ann Jäderlund (2009), and Mrityurog, translation of a novel by Marguerite Duras (2010). Mostly published by Vani Prakashan, New Delhi. Travel, festivals, lectures: Lectures and poetry readings at Oulu and Helsinki; at University of Stockholm and Uppsala University, Sweden; Jageillonian University, Krakow; several seminars and readings, as poet and\or translator at the Annual International Book Fair at Gothenberg, Sweden. In 2007, a 3- week residency at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators at Visby, Sweden. In 2008 readings at the Baltic Centre, Visby, Sweden, at their annual International Poetry Festival. The same year she read her poetry as part of the Olav Hauge Centenary celebrations at the poet’s birthplace (Ulvik) in Norway. October 2011, Poetry reading and exhibition of paintings, India-Fest, Trondhiem, Norway.
Solo Shows of Paintings
At the Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 2005, during an Indo-Swedish literary festival. During theInternational Poetry Festival at Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators, Visby, Sweden, August, 2008.
At the Olav Hauge Centenary Festival in Ulvik, Norway in September, 2008. In November 2010, Earth Colors, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Jo Nahi Hai, at Arpana Caur’s gallery , New Delhi, January 2011, to commemorate Shamsher Bahadur Singh’s birth centenary. Colors of Ladakh, during the India-Fest at Trondheim, 2011, Norway. Group show Palettes of Bhopal at JKK, Jaipur.
Group show at Kala Academy, February 2012, Goa.