Banibrata Mahanta is Professor of English Literature at Banaras Hindu University, India. A well-known teacher, litterateur and translator, Mahanta has been working in the areas of Indian writing in English, the development of Indian nationalist thought, and literary theory, especially disability theory. His academic output comprises reference books, textbooks, research papers, interviews, reviews and popular articles, of which some have been published by Routledge, Springer, The Hindu and Indian Institute of Advanced Study among others. Besides being a visiting fellow at reputed institutions, he is on the advisory boards of various institutes, universities and academic journals, both in India and abroad. He is also a theatre enthusiast and has been associated with a few amateur theatrical productions. Two of his recent works are English Studies in India: Contemporary and Evolving Paradigms (Springer, 2018) and an English translation of the Hindi novel Labanya Devi (Orient Blackswan, forthcoming), for which he was awarded a PEN America Translation Grant this year.