“I have now made two very worthwhile trips to MCPH. Each visit was marked by much intellectual stimulus and serious discussions with the faculty and students, among whom the morale was  high, the scholarly commitment intense and genuine, and the quality uniformly excellent.”

Akeel Bilgrami, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA


“I have taught literature all my life in Indian and foreign Universities. Nowhere in my experience have philosophy and social sciences been taught in an interdisciplinary way except in this school. MCPH has an excellent approach in its syllabus and its students will be unique as practitioners and teachers of literature. I could see they are trained to think creatively because of the courses they take in several branches of the Humanities.”

UR Ananthamurthy, Eminent Kannada writer and Jnanpith laureate


“MCPH is asking its students to take as seriously as possible core questions in culture and power, across time – at present and though history – and space – in India and outside of India. It is demanding that they learn major works, both theoretical and empirical. It is inviting them to confront the problems, and promises, of disciplinary and interdisciplinary work…what more could one possibly provide one’s students?”

Sheldon Pollock, Professor of South Asian Studies, Columbia University, USA


“MCPH has an international reputation because of its extraordinary faculty who are committed to studying how mind, body, and society are co-constitutive, or bound together to form our ethical dispositions toward law, medicine, education, and economics.”

Carolyn Rouse, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, USA


“The learning at MCPH is not just within the classroom, the entire environment surrounding the Centre is designed to facilitate conversations about new ideas with peers and faculty. The writing-intensive approach of the course encourages us to apply concepts discussed in the classroom to our individual areas of interest. This gives us the space to develop in our individual research fields, while constantly discovering new ideas.”

Chitralekha Manohar, MA student (2012-2014)

"Having not lived in a university town before, I reached Manipal with many reservations. However, MCPH helped me unlearn the irrational fear I had always associated with following my thought to its end, and in that manner also to write and read earnestly. I would recommend the experience of MCPH to anybody who likes the sea, a library and critical articulation."

Laxmi Priya, MA student (2014 - 2016)

"Being part of the undergraduate course at MCPH has been a truly rewarding experience from the very first day. The program has been designed very meticulously and reflects MCPH's commitment to contemporary and interdisciplinary scholarship. Not to mention the exceptional student-faculty ratio of MCPH that allows for personal interaction and mentorship that extends beyond the classroom. There is always a lot happening outside the classroom too, and one is afforded the time, space and encouragement to pursue extra-curricular interests across the spectrum. And of course, the beach is only a thirty minute bus ride away!

Nikhil Ravishankar, BA student




Easterine Kire


January 2018

(hosted by the Dr TMA Pai Chair in Indian Literature)


Easterine Kire, born in Nagaland, North-east India, has a PhD in English literature from Pune University, India. Kire’s first book of poetry (Kelhoukevira,1982) was the first book of English poetry to be published by a Naga. In 2003, she published the first novel by a Naga writer in English, A Naga village remembered (Ura Academy).  Kire was awarded the Governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature (2011), and in 2013 Catalan PEN, Barcelona honoured her with the Free Voice award. 

Her second novel, A Terrible Matriarchy (2007) was selected by Indian Literature Abroad for translation into the UN languages. It has been translated into Norwegian, German and Marathi.  Her novel Bitter Wormwood (2013) was nominated for the prestigious Hindu Prize, and another novel, When the River Sleeps won the award in 2015. Her book, Mari (2010), received critical acclaim, and she recently won the Book of the Year Award for fiction at the Tata Literature Live Awards 2017 with her book Son of the Thundercloud’ (2016). She has also written five children’s books, several articles and essays.

Kire is also a member of the band, Jazzpoesi. The digital cd they released in summer 2013, topped the Norwegian Jazz charts. Kire’s poetry has been translated to Croatian, Uzbek, German, Catalan and Bengali.

For more information about the Chair in Indian Literature and other writers-in-residence at Manipal Academy of Higher Education this year, visit:


Hebbar Gallery and Art Centre

Hebbar Gallery and Art Centre