The Team

The, very small, Rasāla team is based in southern India:

Venetia Kotamraju, who set up Rasāla, is a Sanskrit enthusiast who has been working in the publishing industry for just under five years.  Venetia has a degree – sadly only one unlike her Indian contemporaries – in Classics and Sanskrit from Oxford and has now settled in Bangalore with her husband.

Shankar Rajaraman, Rasāla’s general editor, is a psychiatrist by profession who moonlights as a Sanskrit poet.  Shankar is an aṣṭāvadhānī, which means that he has faced eight examiners in the traditional avadhāna or poetry competition, composing verses on the spot and correctly identifying quotations from a huge selection of possible poems. He specialises in citrakāvya, poetic compositions fitted, with great skill, into pre-detemined shapes such as that of a cobra or flower.  His book on citrakāvya, Devīdānaviyam, was published in 2011.

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