Indian Literature Golden Jubilee Poetry Awards Edit
On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Indian Literature, the official journal of Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters in India, the following prizes were given away for outstanding works of poetry in translation from Indian languages.
The third Prize was won by Ms Paromita Das for the poems "If Life be Lost" and "Life Awakens" - which were English translations of Parvati Prasad Baruwa's poems in Assamese.
Western thinkers and poets interested in Indian poetryEdit
In the 19th century, American Transcendentalist writers and many German Romantic writers became interested in Indian poetry, literature and thought. In the 20th century, few Western poets became interested in Indian thought and literature, and the interest of many of those was minor: T. S. Eliot studied Sanskrit at Harvard, but later lost interest. Buddhism brought Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to India, but they became more interested in Tibetan and Japanese forms of the religion. Mexican poet and writer Octavio Paz developed a strong, lasting interest in Indian poetry after living in the country as part of the Mexican diplomatic mission (and as ambassador in the 1960s). Paz married an Indian woman, translated Sanskrit kavyas, and wrote extensively about India.