NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- DD Kosambi’s seminal An Introduction to the Study of Indian History has been translated to Telugu.
- Prajwal Parajuly’s ‘The Gurkha’s Daughter’ has been translated into Nepali
- Poet Javed Akhtar has translated 8 Tagore songs to Hindi; to be sung by Sangeeta Dutt
- After some drama, Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore has been translated to Bengali.
- A new website on Kannada poet Kanakdasa contains vast amounts of material in English and Kannada
- Watch Navayana’s Annual Lecture, delivered by Aboriginal writer Ali Cobby Eckermann
- Two works by historian and author S Settar have been translated to Kannada – Inviting Death and Pursuing Death
- The Konkani Bhasha Mandal has released a pettul (treasure trove) of children’s writing in Konkani.
- Speaking Tiger Books has their lineup and website running!
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- Arunima Mazumdar in Livemint says festivals are giving children’s storytelling a boost.
- Here’s an excellent reference list of contemporary Hindi poets to follow, prepared by Ranjeet Pratap Singh (of Pratilipi, where you can read most of these poets).
- Pratilipi, an online archive of Indian writing in several languages, has posted an interesting user analysis for 2014 (“Less than 25% of our visitors are female but just like our older readers, they visit more often (35%), and read significantly more (37%)”)
- Irfan Mehraj writes in the Kashmir Dispatch on radical Kashmiri poet Kashmiri poet Abdul Ahad Azad (What is life but the book of change?/ Change – more change – and yet more change!)
- TCA Srinivasa-Raghavan rants here about the vulgarity of literature awards and festivals and recommends supporting libraries instead
- Min Pun has a fascinating column on the debate surrounding the inclusion of English writers in the Nepali canon.
- Jash Sen on the evolution of Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi, from Bandopadhyay’s novels to Bollywood
- Here’s Anuradha Sengupta’s literary guide to Kolkata.
- Vikas Datta on politically incorrect satire in Urdu poetry
- Reviews of Anita Anand’s new biography of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh are floating in – here’s Navtej Sarna for India Today, William O’Connor for The Daily Beast,
- Gargi Gupta reviews Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves for DNA.
- Are techie writers graduating from sordid romances? Here’s a review of Jaimeet Patel’s An Exceptional Case.
- T.D. Ramakrishnan’s new Malayalam novel is inspired by rights activist and feminist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama
NEWS: AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- Arundhati Subramaniam won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry – here are nine poems from her book, When God is a Traveller.
- British writer Ahmad Lunat wins the Gujarat Darpan Award for Ajaanya – “Strangers” (short stories)
- Disappointed that Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland won the DSC Prize. Ok, you disagree. This is my opinion.
- Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri won the the Ezhuthachan Prize 2014 f
- Beloved Indian artist, RK Laxman, who drew fantastic political cartoons, passed away.
- Veteran Marathi writer MD Hatkananglekar passed away at 89
- Former Union Minister, teacher and translator Sarojini Mahishi passes away at 88
- Kannada writer writer S. M. Vrushabhendra Swamy passes away at 88.
- Dr Jose Pereira, Sanskrit scholar, historian, musicologist, writer, linguist and artist, passes away at 84.
- Bengaluru celebrated the centenary of Kannada poet KS Narasimhaswamy, famous for his 1942 collection of poems, Mysore Mallige.
- Ruskin Bond says, I’m a writer because I am a reader.
Publishing / Industry news
- Navayana is offering a special discount on their beautiful graphic novel based on Ambedkar’s life, written by publisher S Anand and Srividya Natarajan and illustrated beautifully by Gond artists Durgabai and Subhash Vyam.
- HarperCollins publisher Karthika VK talked to HT about censorship and publishing in India. Nothing new here.
- Support is pouring in from the writing community for Perumal Murugan – from Salem in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore , and Ongole in AP. Author Anita Nair made a statement, too. Arun Janardhan, who went to Namakkal (where Murugan lives) has a story from the local people. Harish Nambiar blames the author for not standing up to critics. Overall I would recommend this essay by V Geetha on the entire controversy.
- Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), University of Delhi, has set up a new translation centre
- An attempt to edit Kuvempu’s poem ‘Nada Geethe’ meets with protesting schoolkids.
- Jan 31-Feb 1 | Bengaluru | the Legend of the Drawing Board.
- Jan 31-Feb 1 | Bengaluru | Times Lit fest
- Feb 1 | Delhi | Sahitya Akademi hosts a seminar on Odia writer Gopinath Mohanty
- Feb 1 | Dimapur | North East Nepali literary symposium
- Feb 13 | Agra | SAARC literature festival
- Thiruvananthapuram’s Russian Cultural Centre will host a ‘year of Russian literature’ celebration for 2015
- The Kannada Sahitya Sammellan has now encountered a shortage of funds.
- The 88th edition of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan will be multilingual
- Seven plays were staged at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, including one on the writer Nirala
* edited to correct the description of Pratilipi (it’s not just for Hindi writing) and to add the TimesLitFest Bengaluru in events.