Jury Members - Samanvay 2014
K. Satchidanandan is a poet writing in Malayalam. He has a doctorate in post-structuralist poetics and was professor of English at Christ College, University of Calicut, Kerala, editor of Indian Literature, the journal of the Sahitya Akademi (The National Academy of Letters) and later the chief executive of the Akademi. He then worked as a language policy consultant for the Government of India and has also been associated with Katha, Delhi. He edits the SAARC journal Beyond Borders in English, the poetry quarterly Kerala Kavita in Malayalam and the South Asian Library of Literature. At present he is director and professor, School of Translation Studies and Training, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi. He is also on the project advisory board, Indian Literature Abroad, a Government of India Initiative.
He has published poetry, critical essays, interviews and edited anthologies of poetry and prose. His awards for literary contribution include Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award and Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, besides Sahityasree from the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Delhi. He has also received a senior fellowship from the department of culture, Government of India, the Sreekant Verma Fellowship from the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the K.K. Birla Fellowship for comparative literature. A film on him, Summer Rain, was released in 2007.
Satchidanandan has been honoured with knighthood by the Government of Italy, with the Dante Medal by the Dante Institute, Ravenna and the India-Poland Friendship Medal by the Government of Poland. He has also been an activist for secularism, environment and human rights.
Alok Rai is currently professor, Department of English, Delhi University. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received his B.Phil. in Modern English Studies from the University of Oxford, and went on to do his Ph.D. on the writings of George Orwell from University College London.
His areas of interest include Modern English Literature, and cultural processes in modern North India, with particular reference to issues of language and literature. He was awarded the Senior Fellowship of the ICSSR in 1985, and was a Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library during 1985-87. Publications include Orwell and the Politics of Despair, Hindi Nationalism, and an English translation of Premchand’s Nirmala.
Sitanshu Yashaschandra is among contemporary Gujarati literature’s most eminent representatives. A poet, playwright, translator and academic, he has received several awards over the years from the Sahitya Akademi Award for his opus, Jatayu, to the Padma Shri. He has authored three books of poetry.
Yashaschandra has worked as vice-chancellor, Saurashtra University; UGC Emeritus Professor and national lecturer; and chief editor, Encyclopedia of Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi). His doctoral work at Indiana University, USA, was in comparative literature, and at the University of Bombay, in Indian and western poetics. He has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Ford West European Fellowship for research in comparative literature. He has taught, as professor and chair of Gujarati, at the M.S. University, Baroda, and has been visiting professor, Sorbonne University, Paris; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, andJadavpur University, Kolkata.
His creative and critical theory work is mainly in Gujarati but has been widely translated into Hindi and other languages. He has translated several works of poetry, drama and criticism from English to Gujarati. Tokhaar, his adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, was hailed as a landmark play in modern Gujarati theatre.
Udaya Narayan Singh
Born in 1951, Udaya Narayan Singh is an internationally renowned linguist, translation theoretician, lexicographer and creative writer, and has served as the pro-vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. He also acted as the director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. He taught linguistics, English studies and translation studies at the University of Hyderabad, University of Delhi, South Gujarat University, Surat, and MS University, Baroda.
Singh is a bilingual writer in Bangla and Maithili, and has published 6 poetry collections (with translations in Indian and European languages), 11 plays and 6 books of literary essays, besides having translated 6 books. In addition, he has authored over 180 research papers in linguistics and edited about 16 books.
He led the Indian cultural delegation to China during 2007–08, and was a member of the Indian delegation to UNESCO in 2011, and to France and USA in 2012. He has also been a poet-invitee at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Book Fair.
He has varied experience with a wide range of responsibilities at the senior level in government, public sector and NGO environments, building and sustaining organisations, programmes and missions with sector specific objectives and services.
His profile includes creating and sustaining economic and financial systems for large organizations, financial evaluation and negotiation of contracts, budget formulation and management, resource mobilisation and fund management; processing of project approvals vis-à-vis their feasibility, economic viability and funding patterns, monitoring their implementation, and identification and finalisation of organisations’ investments
As Chief Executive of the India Habitat Centre, for nineteen years, he has helped create a unique institutional mechanism where various professions and institutions dealing with different facets of habitat function, interact, and attempt to resolve habitat related problems in a coordinated manner; and cooperate and collaborate with other national or international institutions. He has created numerous cultural and intellectual platforms to anchor societal discourse on issues of concern and has sought to integrate governance paradigms for institutional performance.