Dr. Hari M. G. currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Department of English & Humanities School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus. He joined the department in July, 2015. He holds a PhD in English Literature from IIT Kharagpur. He is a recipient of research fellowships such as UGC-JRF, and Institute Fellowship, IIT Kharagpur. His areas of research include Post-Structural and Postmodern Philosophy, Bhakti Poetry, Indian English Poetry, and Psychoanalysis.


  • UGC-NET with JRF
  • Institute Research Fellowship, IIT Kharagpur


Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2014 Journal Article Dr. Hari M. G. and Komalesha, H. S., “Sacred without God: Bhakti in the Poetry of Arun Kolatkar”, Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, An International Journal of Asian Literatures, Cultures and Englishes, vol. 8, pp. 149–163, 2014.[Abstract]

Of all literary traditions that have silhouetted the contours of modern Indian Poetry, the tradition of Bhakti poetry stands out pre-eminently from the rest; it provides a creative template out of which modern Indian English Poetry stems forth. In fact, the subversive poetics of the saint poets that characterises Bhakti poetry becomes a ready tool in the hands of many anti-establishment movements of contemporary Indian literature to critique the established hegemonic structures of the society that prevent a free play of creativity. It is in this context that we can locate the significance of Arun Kolatkar's poetry. An extensive reading of contemporary Indian English Poetry reveals that no Indian English poet has internalised the sensibility of Bhakti tradition to the extent that Arun Kolatkar has in his works; such internalisation makes his poetry the most fascinating site to look for the contemporary manifestations of Bhakti. Hence, this paper attempts to explore the influence of Bhakti poetry on Arun Kolatkar, arguably the greatest Indian English poet, and seeks to delineate the way the spirit of Bhakti creeps into his poems while detailing the material world. Although Kolatkar is least interested in using poetry as a means to express the intense longing for a personal deity as the Bhakti poets did, his passionate devotion towards life matches the devotion of saints in its intensity. The paper, thus, attempts to bring out the quality of devotion that has an existence in Kolatkar's poetry without any concrete references to God and religion.

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2014 Journal Article Dr. Hari M. G. and Komalesha, H. S., “Inscribing Our Times in an Epic: Arun Kolatkar’s Sarpa Satra”, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, vol. 2, 2014.[Abstract]

In an age when fundamentalist ideologies are setting the tone for all discourses and defining the contours of the public and
private lives of individuals, an urgent need arises to engage ourselves with these dangerous ideologies and explore ways of
finding viable alternatives to them. Despite their ideological differences, basically all fundamentalist voices propagate an
essentialized notion of reality, dismissing and demolishing all other voices that are not in tune with their version. This way of thought fosters a utopian dream for a society based on immutable principles. At this juncture, an ideology translates into concrete political actions that include not only unleashing propaganda against the people who are considered as the other, but also adopting violence as a means of political confrontation. Moreover, this is a reciprocal process. While
the intellectual naivety of fundamentalists results in political terrorism, their political vandalism leads to intellectual stifling, by colonizing the space for intellectual debate. The controversial decision by Penguin to revoke and pulp all the copies of Wendy Donigers’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, following the reservations raised against it by a Hindu fundamentalist organization, is the latest example of this dangerous trend. Thus the alternatives to fundamentalist ideologies have to be sought not by physical encounter with the fundamentalists but by nurturing those sources of survival that have nourished humankind since time immemorial and that characterize the human

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2013 Journal Article Dr. Hari M. G. and Komalesha, H. S., “Poetry as an Act of Devotion: Re-reading Jejuri”, The Atlantic Literary Review. A Journal indexed in MLA Directory of Periodicals, vol. 14.4, 2013.
2012 Journal Article Dr. Hari M. G., “Dilemmas and Dialectics of Revolution”, Muse India, no. 43, 2012.
2012 Journal Article Dr. Hari M. G. and Komalesha, H. S., “Subterfuge of Identity: Self and Society in the Poetry of Eunice de Souza”, Muse India, vol. 42, 2012.
Publication Type: Conference Paper
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2014 Conference Paper Dr. Hari M. G., “Positing Beauty against Injustice and Violence: Arun Kolatkar’s SarpaSatra”, in National Seminar Organised by Belvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences, 2014.
2013 Conference Paper Dr. Hari M. G., “Multiple Modernities: Thakazhi’sKayar”, in The Annual Conference of Indian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, 2013.
2012 Conference Paper Dr. Hari M. G., “Pitching Poetry Against Fundamentalism: A Subaltern Reading of Arun Kolatkar”, in International conference on “Unveiling a Secret Agreement: Revisiting the Contours of English Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, 2012.
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