3 Indians honoured for their work in children’s literature

LONDON, Aug 25:
Three Indians – an author, illustrator and translator – have been honoured with diplomas by an international board on books for their work in the area of children’s literature.
The three  – Ranjit Lal (author), Shanti Devi (illustrator), Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee (translator) – have been included in the Honours List 2012 by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which represents the best in international children’s literature.
Bhattacharjee, who is the director of the KK Birla Foundation, has been honoured for his translation into English of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s ‘Bhoyonkar Sundor’ (Bengali) at a conference at the Imperial College here.
The English version is titled ‘The Dreadful Beauty’ (Ponytale Books).
Ranjit Lal is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Faces in the Water’ (Penguin), which deals with female infanticide in India.
Shanti Devi, a Madhubani artist, is the illustrator of the book ‘Bioscope’ (Katha), a story of a village near Mithila told by a girl through illustrations.
According to Pranav K Singh of Ponytale Books, the award for Bhattachatrjee’s translation was the first ever international recognition for an Indian children’s book where a translation from an Indian language into English has been commended by IBBY. (PTI)

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