Mangai is the pseudonym of Dr V. Padma, who teaches English in Stella Maris College, Chennai. She has been actively engaged in Tamil theatre as an actor, director and playwright for over two decades. She is a founder-member of several local theatre groups. Gender and translation studies are her other areas of interest. Mangai hopes that her academic, activist and artistic selves can find a vibrant intersection. She has translated many books into Tamil.