Kala Ramesh has a fascination for Indian classical music and has worked extensively on Pandit Kumar Gandharava’s gayaki and nirguni bhajans along with the paramparic bandishes of the Gwalior gharana, under the guidance of Vidushi Smt Shubhada Chirmulay, Pune. Kala has performed in major cities in India.
Kala discovered haiku in 2005 and feels she’s addicted to this art form since day one! She also writes in related genres like, tanka (five line poem), haibun (tight prose embedded with haiku), senryu, and renku (collaborative linked verse). Her poems have appeared in anthologies, print and online journals, like Modern Haiku, Magnapoets, Mainichi Daily News, Asahi Shimbun, Tinywords, Bottle Rockets, Acorn, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Ribbons, Roadrunner, Moonset the Newspaper, Mayfly, Simply Haiku, Presence, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online and many more.
Kala was on the editorial board of Take Five: the Best Contemporary Tanka 2008/2009/2010. She was the festival director of the 9th World Haiku Festival, (WHC) Bangalore, February 2008. She is World Haiku Review’s Deputy Editor-in-chief. She was asked to write a feature on Haiku in India for a reputed haiku journal, A Hundred Gourds, published in June, 2013. The link: http://www.
The recent awards: Her book titled “Haiku” brought out by Katha in December 2010 was awarded the Honourable Mention for Best Book for Children: The Haiku Society of America’s Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards. Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2012 (Japan). An (Cottage) Prize for the haibun: The Blue Jacaranda. Winner of The Snapshot Press eChapbook Award 2012 (UK) for the collection of her tanka poems “the unseen arc”. She has her poems in Haiku 21: an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku (Modern Haiku Press, 2012). & Haiku in English – the First Hundred Years. (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc), coming out in August 26, 2013. Kala feels honoured to have her haiku poems included in both these prestigious anthologies.