Monday, October 02, 2006

The Deccan Chronicle
(September 19, 2006)

Books by Indira Goswami, Krishna Sobti and Maitreyi Pushpa will air the rich, paradoxical continuum of Indian language literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair, said Katha executive director Geeta Dharmarajan.

Goswami's The Man from Chinnamasta, Sobti's The Heart Has Its Reasons and Pushpa's Alma Kabutari will be Katha's main English offerings at the fair that begins October 4.

"At the fair, Katha is showcasing the multi-dimensional literary traditions of Indian languages through translations," said Dharmarajan.

"Our new releases from brilliant writers who come from different geographical and cultural spaces, such as Goswami and Pushpa, present before the world the rich and paradoxical continuum of Indian language literature," she added. Katha will carry 60 books, including 25 children's books, to the fair that honours India as a special guest this year.

"We are also taking U. N. Singh's collection of poems originally written in Maithali. His second person singular springs from the ancient land of Mithila and looks at language as an ironic link between human spaces," said Dharmarajan. Maestros of modern storytelling will complete with Chitra Katha Award winner, Komilla Raote's The Princess with the Longest Hair, Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyaya's The Mountain of the Moon, Abanindranath Tagore's Raj Kahini and Naiyer Masud's The Myna from Peacock Garden.

- Shinie Anthony
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