Padmaja Iyengar - Paddy

Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, a senior ex-banker, Hon. Lit. Advisor of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), and on the Advisory Panel of International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research (ISISAR), Kolkata, has curated 5 International Multilingual Poetry Anthologies, one of them ‘WWW – Women, Wit & Wisdom’ of women poets across the globe. The latest international multilingual poetry anthology Amaravati Poetic Prism 2018 compiled, curated and edited by her, has 1111 poems in 107 languages contributed by 630 poets from 76 countries. The 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of this unique multilingual poetry anthology, have been recognized by the prestigious Limca Book of Records.  Her maiden poetry collection ‘P-En-Chants’ has also been recognized as a Unique Record of Excellence by the India Book of Records. An official Member of the World Nation Writers’ Union in Kazakhstan, she is regularly invited to national and international literary events to read her poems and present her paper. Her poems, articles and short stories, some of them prize-winners, are published in various national and international anthologies, print journals and e-zines. She has just completed the curating and editing of a ‘Peace and Poetry’ anthology for ISSAR to be launched later this year. Paddy is the recipient of the SETU-2018 Award for Excellence (Special Mention-Individual) instituted by SETU the Pittsburgh-based bilingual e-zine, “Ambassador De Literature” Medal from Motivational Strips and the title of “Distinguished Literary Personality” from Vishwabharati Research Centre / Sahitya Anand, India, for her contributions and service to literature.