Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Alastair Niven among new members on the Advisory Committee of DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Call for Entries invited for 2013 edition
- Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Alastair Niven, Fakrul Alam, Ira Pande and Marie Brenner join the eminent international Advisory Committee of the DSC Prize for the 2013 and 2014 editions.
New Delhi, April 20, 2012: The US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced the appointment of new members on its Advisory Committee for the 2013 and 2014 editions of the prize. Noted Indian poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra; academician and 1994 Booker Prize Jury member Dr. Alastair Niven; author, academician and South Asian literary expert Dr. Fakrul Alam; acclaimed translator, editor and author Ira Pande; and American author and journalist Marie Brenner are among the new members of the Advisory Committee.
The new members join existing eminent personalities on the Committee – William Dalrymple, David Godwin, Michael Worton and Surina Narula who have helped establish the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature as a major landmark. The Advisory Committee, which encompasses experts from diverse backgrounds, counsels the DSC Prize regarding initiatives that help realize its vision of promoting South Asian Writing on a global platform. The Committee will help create avenues for promotion of English literature from the subcontinent, regional literature and translations, as well as international writings on South Asia. The Advisory Committee will also recommend the appointment of the prize Jury which is expected to be announced in May 2012.
Commenting on the development, Manhad Narula – Spokesperson for the DSC Prize, said “We are extremely honoured to have such eminent and acclaimed members on our Advisory Committee this year. The DSC Prize has received heart-warming support from the literary fraternity who have supported and joined us in our aim to promote South Asian literature on a global platform.”
In its two years of existence, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has made a significant mark in the literary space, striding confidently towards its vision of taking South Asian writing to a global platform. In its inaugural year, the DSC Prize 2011 was won by HM Naqvi for his novel Home Boy (HarperCollins India) which has attained resounding success. Having won the DSC Prize, Home Boy was published in the British Commonwealth by Hamish Hamilton in October 2011. The second winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was Shehan Karunatilaka who won the prize in January 2012 for his debut novel Chinaman (Random House India / Jonathan Cape, UK). His book is now being published by Graywolf Press in the USA and is expected to release in May, 2012.
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About DSC Limited’s Literary Initiatives
In its efforts to contribute to social growth and create social infrawealth, DSC Limited has identified the promotion of literature as a key initiative. The company firmly believes that promoting literature helps build the character of society, just as its infrastructure projects help create the infrawealth of the nation.
As a major move towards promoting literature, the company has been supporting the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival for the last five years. During this period, this event has grown to become the largest literary event of its kind in the region. As part of its vision of promoting South Asian literature, the most significant development has been the institution of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2010. This unique prize, which carries an award of US $50,000, is a celebration of the rich and varied world of literature belonging to the South Asian region.
DSC Limited is also the principal sponsor of the DSC South Asian Literature Festival in the UK. With growing interest and a robust following of South Asian writing in the UK, this event is a critical platform in extending the company’s patronage of literature to a global audience.
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