Warm Greetings from Katha!
We most cordially invite you to the launch of the releases of the English translations of the SAARC Literary award winning Hindi novel "Alma Kabutari" by Maitreyi Pushpa & "Second Person Singular," collection of poems in Maithili, by Udaya Narayana Singh, writer and director CIIL, Mysore by renowned Hindi scholar Prof Namwar Singh.
Translated from the Hindi by Raji Narasimhan [the cover carries a reproduction of a famous painting by Paresh Maity] the saga of Alma Kabutari does not begin with Alma herself. It has its roots in centuries of social and sexual subjugation of the kabutaris by the upper-caste kajjas. Like Chittor's Rani Padmini of yore, from whom the kabutaris have descended, the onus of breaking the vicious circle and reclaiming human status for her people falls on young Alma. Maitreyi Pushpa has written consistently about rural politics and has endeavored to explore the web of human relationships in a time of moral ambivalence and social uncertainty.
Translated from Maithili by the poet with Rizio Yohanan Raj [the book & the cover carry brilliant b&w illustrations by the renowned artist Sanjay Bhattacharya], Second Person Singular is the poetic expression of the epiphanic other-view of love and life that language presents to each individual. Udaya Narayana Singh's original Maithili poems in this translation present the strange counterpoints that one gets from an involvement with language. They bring out the dialectical texture of the silent spaces in human relationships.
The launch will take place at ...
36 Regal Building,
Connaught Place, New Delhi
Wednesday November 1, 2006
at 6.30 pm.
A special discount of 10 per cent on the books can be availed of, by those who order the book via email or buy it, on the day of the launch .
Looking forward to meeting you at the event.
With warm regards,
Media Relations Officer, Katha
2652.1752 ext 25