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Triveni was born Anasuya Shankarin 1928 in the Chamarajapuram suburb of Mysore. She graduated with a B.A. from the Maharani’s Arts College in Mysore. She took the pen name Triveni from the confluence of the three Indian rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati, known as the Triveni Sangam, where Gandhi’s ashes were immersed. She published twenty novels and three collections of stories, mainly dealing with women’s issues. She died from a pulmonary embolism in 1963, ten days after giving birth to her only child. Her sister is the writer Aryamba Pattabhi.

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Anasuya Shankar
Novels of Triveni
Kannada Novelist Triveni’s House in City To Be a Museum
Facebook page on her


(Only books translated into English)

1953 ಸೋತು ಗೆದ್ದವಳು (She Who Lost and Won) (novel)
1962 ಶರಪಂಜರ (Sharapanjara; Cage of Arrows; The Mad Woman) (novel)