Mangai is the pen name of V. Padma who teaches English at Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. She is an academician, theatre personality, and activist and has been dynamically engaged in Tamil theatre as an actor, director, and playwright for more than two decades. Her fields of interest are theatre, gender, and translation studies. She has twice been a recipient of Fulbright Fellowships to work on theatre and gender. She taught the course Drama from “Other” Worlds (King Alfred’s College, Winchester, UK, 1999 and 2000). During a 2009 Rockefeller-Bellagio Residency, she worked on her monograph on gender and theatre in India.