Publishing News [National]

Ratna Sagar – a leading educational publisher – has recently launched a new imprint, viz. Ratna Books, which is dedicated to publishing translations of literary texts from Indian languages into English (Ratna Translation Series – Celebrating Indian Languages in English).

The first three titles were released recently, where eminent poet Ashok Vajpeyi was the chief guest. The panel that discussed “Literary and Cultural Dimensions of Translation” included another eminent writer Keki N. Daruwalla and Professor GJV Prasad, professor, Centre for English Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

The Marathi translation of a collection of Gangadhar Gadgil’s short stories was also released in Mumbai by Ramdas Bhatkal (Popular Prakashan), who has published most of Gadgil’s work in Marathi. At the event, eminent writer Usha Tambe discussed the intricacies of translation with Keerti Ramachandra, who has translated Gadgil’s stories.

More recently, the Malayalam translation of Malayatoor’s The Sixth Finger was released by eminent writer Sethumadhavan at the Kochi International Book Festival. Professor RK Jayasree was in conversation with Prema Jayakumar, the translator of Malayatoor’s novel.

The initial three titles are translations from Tamil, Marathi and Malayalam. The next in the series are from Telugu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati and Kannada. Under consideration are from Urdu, and more from Marathi, Tamil, Bengali and Kannada.

Ratna Books plan to publish about ten translations a year.

–GS Jolly(With inputs from Ratna Sagar)

Three Leaves Books International, a unit of Lajwanti Group, is a celebrated publisher and distributor of children’s school and reference books. The publihser is now setting up a new office in Daryaganj soon.

The company is recipient of five prestigious awards including the First Prize for Best Production 2016 from The Federation of Indian Publishers. Moreover, they also bagged four awards at the Beijing International Book Fair 2016 and seven at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2016 in Singapore.

Headquartered in Delhi, the company is run under the aegis of four prolific directors—Yash Chhabra, Rita Chhabra, Lakshya Chhabra and Kanika Chhabra—who take up diverse roles in bringing up the publishing firm to a global level. Kanika is at the helm when it comes to the company’s successful participation in the reputed book fairs in India and abroad.

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Mystic Kalinga, an international festival of poetry and performances, is an emerging platform of poets and performers designed to promote young mind’s participation in art, culture and creative dialogue with the past, present and future. This has been instituted to recognize and celebrate three prolific writers, poets and performers in Odia, in one Indian language and in one international language. The awardees have been chosen keeping in mind their contribution to their specific language and genres.

The first Mystic Kalinga Literary Award, 2017 are conferred as follows: Mystic Kalinga Literary Award in an International Language: English- Arundhathi Subramaniam; Mystic Kalinga Literary Award in an Indian Language: Bengali-Nabneeta Dev Sen; and Mystic Kalinga Literary Award in Odia: Soubhagya Kumar Mishra. Arundhathi Subramaniam is an award-winning poet, artist and an eminent writer on spirituality and culture. While, Nabaneeta Dev Sen is an award-winning Indian poet, novelist and academic and Dr. Soubhagya Kumar Mishra is a leading award winning Odia poet.

At NCPA’s Little Theatre, Literature Live! celebrated naturalist-writer-photographer Sanjoy Monga’s strikingly handsome Flow: India Through Water, published by Yuhina Eco Media.

While, at Mumbai Press Club they launched, The Way I See It – A Gauri Lankesh Reader, edited by Chandan Gowda and published by Navyana. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in September by unknown assailants outside her home in Bengaluru, killed because of her fearless opposition to sectarian forces.