GUWAHATI, May 1 - Writer and translator Aruni Kashyap has been included in this year�s jury of the JCB Prize for Literature. �Aruni Kashyap, who writes and translates in both English and Assamese, has been included in this year�s jury,� said a statement.
The jury for this year�s prize for literary award was announced recently.
Chaired by Leela Samson, Bharatanatyam dancer and former chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the jury also consists of Tejaswini Niranjana, professor, cultural theorist and author, Ramu Ramanathan, playwright and director, and Deepika Sorabjee, head of the Arts and Culture portfolio at Tata Trusts.
�I am deeply honoured to serve as a jury member of the 2020 JCB Prize. With increased translations and attention to under-represented literary traditions, Indian literature is going through one of the most exciting phases currently. I believe this prize would go a long way in popularising books among a new crowd, especially the younger generation. Also, in a post-pandemic world, people would return to books for soul nourishment, and prizes such as these would play a significant role in raising awareness among readers about new literary trends and socially relevant books,� said Kashyap.
Kashyap�s books include His Father�s Disease and Other Stories, The House With a Thousand Stories, and Noikhon Etia Duroit.
He had won the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for creative writing to the University of Edinburgh, and has penned short stories, poems and essays for the Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and The Guardian UK, amongst others, the statement added.
The jury will announce the long list of 10 titles on September 1, followed by the short list of five titles on September 25. The winner of the Rs 25-lakh prize will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 7.