Prof Tejaswini NIRANJANA, was awarded DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 for her English translation of No Presents Please, a collection of stories set in Mumbai written in the southern Indian language of Kannada by poet and short story writer Jayant KAIKINI.
This is the first time that a translated work has won the prestigious prize, which rewards the best writing about south Asian culture from writers of any ethnicity and from all over the world. Prof Niranjana and Kaikini shared the US$25,000 (£19,100) prize.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 was judged by a diverse and distinguished five member jury panel comprising eminent figures drawn from the international literary fraternity. The chair of the judging panel, Rudrangshu MUKHERJEE praised Prof Niranjana for her “outstanding contribution”.