NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Classical singer Soma Ghosh will sing Meena Kumari’s poetry
- A new quarterly Nepali lit mag will begin publishing, this April
- I’m looking forward to Pascal Zynck’s translation of Bangladeshi writer Selina Hussain’s Hangor, Nodi, Grenade. This was one of Satyajit Ray’s favourite stories.
- I came across a fun historical serialised account of the history of Cellular Jail in the Andaman Islands, by historian Francis Xavier Neelam, in the Andaman Sheekha.
- Arunava Sinha posted a translation of Tunnu’s Computer – a poem by Debarati Mitra
- Listen to Zia Mohyeddin, Pakistan’s grand man of stage and screen, recite Faiz and Manto
- A new commentary on Ghalib’s rejected verses:emotion & its expression
- Prajwal Parajuly’s The Gurkha’s Daughter, published in 2013 will get a Nepali translation this week, published by Nepalaya.
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- Via P Sainath’s fantastic rural reporting venture, the PARI network, here’s an account of P.V. Chinnathambi library: “in the middle of the forested wilderness of Kerala’s Idukki district, the library’s 160-books — all classics — are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis.”
- Charles Chasie’s article documents the history of Nagaland through its rich literary traditions
- Marcy Newman, American literature teacher, is surprised at the lack of Indian lit in school syllabi
- Reports from a seminar that touched on ‘protest poetry’ in Kashmir
- India Spend explains why Indians are losing out on Libraries (by Subadra Ramakrishnan)
- A year after fierce Marathi poet Namdeo Dhasal died, the storms continue to rage
- Khalid Fayaz Mir’s review of Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves praises its quality of huzn or melancholy.
NEWS: AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- The Sahitya Akademi has finally announced the 2014 Sanskrit award: Prabhu Nath Dwivedi for “Kanakalochanaha”. Here’s a quick overview of the awards and profiles of the winners, for 2014: Parts I and II.
- This year’s TOTO awards for creative writing were announced: for English, Kaushik Viswanath from Chennai and Mohit Parikh from Jaipur, and for Kannada, Moulya M. from Mysore.
- Telugu novelist Dr. Adharapurapu Tejovathy was selected for the Spoorthi Award.
- Here’s the list of winners for the Konkani Sahitya Akademi awards.
- In Kashmir, a new annual award “Sharf-e-Nadim” has been instituted for the best Na’atkhawan poet of the state in honour of Abdul AhadNadim
- Submissions For 2015 Dhahan Prize For Punjabi Literature are now open
- The Tulu Sahitya Akademi awards were announced, and amongst the winners is centenarian and folklorist Gerthila Devu Poojary
- Hindi writer Kamal Kishore Goyanka was selected for the Vyas Samman award.
- Iqbal Sayeedi won the Mathias Family Kavita Puraskar 2014.
- Tamil writer Perumal Murugan says he won’t write anymore, withdraws his books after protests from right-wing groups and casteist bodies. Outrageous. #NaanPerumalMurugan
- Ramesh Chandra Shah, this year’s Sahitya Akademi winner for Hindi, on his inspirations
- Gopal Das “Neeraj”, poet and songwriter, turns 90
- Yese Dorji Thongshi, Assamese poet, says “literature is only way to strengthen brotherhood among the people”
- An obituary for feminist, critic, writer and professor JasodharaBagchi
- This article calls Suryadevara Rammohan Rao “Telugu’s Paulo Coelho”
- Urdu poet Pirzada Ashique Keranvi died at the age of 80.
- Will Amazon Prime come to India later this year?
- What is the reason behind low ebook sales in India? Is it the lack of price differentials with print books?Publishers explain.
- The Kannada Book Authority plans to revive the ‘reading culture’ by constituting book clubs in schools
- The Centre constituted a High Level Committee to survey and collect data related to the present status of Urdu
- Notes on the designing of the Murty Classical Library (rose and gold)
- Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy donated 280 Konkani books worth Rs 26,500 to Mangalore University
- Is digital publishing destroying the Hindi pulp novel?
- The District Administration in Belagavi, Maharashtra, wants to ban this play.
- A new Telugu e-book store, http://www.kinige.com already has 300 e-books for free
- Tired of waiting for govt funds, this Marathi literature academy will raise money independently.
- In Shahdara, Gautam Book Centre, a bookshop devoted to Dalit literature, soldiers on
- Surendra Mohan Pathak’s Hindi novel Colaba Conspiracy was India’s most popular book last year.
- Ahmedabad’s MJ library plans to publish ten popular Gujarati novels as ebooks.
- Snigdha Poonam lists five Hindi books to look out for, this year
- The 2nd edition of a two-day children’s literary carnival begins Friday at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
- The Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) 2015 will be held from January 23 to 26,
- The third World Telugu Writers’ Convention will be held in Vijaywada on February 21- 22
- The eighth All-India Urdu Book Fair in Kolkata, Jan 9
- At Stella Maris, a seminar on Telugu women writers evaluates their contributions
- A report from the 3rd edition of Kavita Fest, in Barkur, Karnataka
- Remember when Kashmir’s litfest, Harud, was cancelled? It’s back.