Ranjit Hoskote and Anindita Sengupta win Muse India Awards

Ranjit Hoskote (pic on left), the noted poet, cultural theorist and curator won the first Muse India National Literary Award for Translation, 2011 for his work I, Lalla, The Poems of Lal Ded published by Penguin Books last year. The work is translation of the 14th century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, popularly known as Lalla. Emotionally rich yet philosophically precise, Lalla’s poems in Hoskote’s translation are glorious manifestos of illumination.


Muse India, the prestigious literary web-journal of the country, has instituted two national level awards for literary excellence to be given annually – the Translation Award and the Young Writer Award. The Awards were announced and given at the recently concluded Hyderabad Literary Festival 2012. Selected from 120 entries received for the Translation award from the leading publishers of the country, I, Lalla found favour of the Jury headed by Prof Udaya Narayana Singh, Pro-VC of Visva-Bharati Santiniketan, ahead of two other close contenders -- veteran Jai Ratan’s translation of Kamleshwar’s Hindi stories Not Flowers of Henna (Katha, 2007) and Naresh K Jain’s translation from Hindi of Omprakash Valmiki’s Amma and Other Stories (Manohar, 2008).


The Young Writer Award, aimed at under-35s, is for an exceptional work of poetry this year, and the award went to Anindita Sengupta for her book City of Water published by Sahitya Akademi in 2010. It was picked out of 30 entries received from all over the country, by a distinguished panel of judges headed by the eminent poet, K Satchidanandan. The book had stiff competition from two other nominations - Amrita V Nair’s Yours Affectionately (Writers Workshop, 2009) and Semeen Ali’s Rose & Ashes (Writers Workshop, 2009). Commenting on Anindita’s prize winning work, the Jury said that “she treats experiences with a maturity of perspective rare among the younger writers today”.


The eminent poet, Adil Jussawalla gave away the awards at HLF2012 in the presence of a distinguished gathering of litterateurs. While Anindita Sengupta personally received the Award, noted poet, Sridala Swami, received Ranjit Hoskote’s award. 

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