VoW 2019 - Speaker
Before launching into fiction writing, Radha Viswanath was a correspondent and columnist, writing on politics and a range of issues of national importance. She was the first woman journalist to gain entry into the Central Hall of Parliament as a “Long and Distinguished Journalist”. She is a founding member of the Indian Women’s Press Corps” (IWPC), a national body that facilitates professional growth of women journalists. She was the first elected General Secretary of IWPC.
Trained to be a teacher, Radha Viswanath stumbled into journalism rather late in life. She was a mother of three children – twin sons and a daughter – by then. As a journalist, she travelled extensively across India, covering elections and other events of importance. This helped her gain an intimate and deep understanding of the Indian psyche, which she brings into her portrayal of Indian mythology.
Theatre is another area of immense interest. She acted in more than a dozen stage plays and won the “best actress” award at a national competition of Telugu drama. She participated in several radio plays also.
An avid reader with a keen interest in Indian mythology, she aims to bring the complexities of the Indian political discourse into the intricate and layered mythological narrative. Ravana Leela is her first novel.
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Social media handles –
Facebook – Radha Viswanath
Instagram – radha2014
Twitter – @ViswanathRadha
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