About Abha Dawesar

About Abha Dawesar

Abha Dawesar is a novelist and an artist. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as a Lambda Literary Award. Her talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh (June 2013) can be viewed here:

New York’s weekly magazine Time Out listed Abha Dawesar as one of 25 people who will make their mark. India’s leading weekly magazine India Today named Dawesar as one of twenty-five path-breaking Indians. She has also been called one of India’s 12 remarkable women by Femina magazine and named by the leading national English language newspaper, The Hindustan Times in its Next Big Things. The New York Foundation of the Arts awarded Dawesar a Fiction Fellowship in 2000. Her books have been short-listed in France for Le Prix Médicis Roman Etranger, Le Prix Bel Ami, le Prix Femina, and le Prix RFI témoin du monde.

Abha Dawesar has been invited to read, speak and conduct seminars in various cities in the U.S., across Europe, India, and Australia. An internationally exhibited artist, enthusiastic cook, and avid science junkie, Dawesar can be reached via one of the many social media links on this page.


The author of several books of fiction, Dawesar has also published short stories in anthologies and articles. Her novels include:

Abha Dawesar’s books are translated into several languages including French (Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson), Italian (Feltrinelli Editore), Spanish (Alfaguara), German (Zaglossus), Thai (Sanskrit book), Dutch (Artemis), Turkish (Meram), Portuguese (ASA), Hebrew (Ko’rim) and Brazilian Portuguese (Sá Editora).


A visual artist, Dawesar has had on-and-off training in photography starting with a plastic 115mm camera when she was a teenager. Her most recent novel Sensorium (American edition releasing soon) includes doodles and cartoons. Her works include pen and ink drawings, paintings, installations, and photogrpahs. Abha Dawesar’s work has been exhibited at:

  • Soapstone Gallery, NY. Group Show Styles upon Styles, June 2010
  • Vidyasagar Art Gallery, Hyderabad, Solo Show, January 2009
  • Viridian Artists, Chelsea, NY. Nineteenth annual juried exhibition. Judge: Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum of Art. July 2008
  • Global Fusion Art, The Spark, Chelsea, NY. July 3rd 2008
  • Micromuseum, Brooklyn. Juried group show, “Animals in Your Kingdom” Curated by Kathleen Laziza. June 2008.
  • International Group show Your Documents Please curated by Daniel Georges and Rumi Tsuda. Venues: The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Japan April 4-April 20, 2008; ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan August 2-August 17, 2008; 2b Gallery, Budapest, Hungary Late November 2008; Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany January 2009; Galéria Z, Bratislava, Slovakia February 2009; Galería Ajolote Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico April 17-May 8, 2009 & Chelsea, NY, USA November 2010
  • Solo Painting Show, The Village Quill, NY, July 13-27, 2006
  • Photographs, Café Babylon, New York, March-April 1999
  • Photography exhibition, The Lincoln Center, NY, Aug 1997
  • Joseph Papp Public Theater, Multi-media piece including photo projection, March 1999
  • Student group photo show at Carpenter Center, Harvard University, January 1995
  • Micromuseum, Brooklyn. Juried group show, “Animals in Your Kingdom” Curated by Kathleen Laziza. June 2008.


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