Awards Current Affairs 2017

Shubha Mudgal selected for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

Singer Shubha Mudgal has been selected for the prestigious the 23rd Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award 2016.

She will be bestowed with this award for her outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.

About Shubha Mudgal

  • Shubha Mudgal is a well-known Indian singer of Hindustani classical music, Thumri, Khayal, Dadra and popular Indian pop music.
  • She was also awarded the 1996 National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction for ‘Amrit Beej’. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2000.

About Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

  • The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is given on 20 August i.e. the occasion of the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India.
  • The award was instituted by All India Congress Committee (AICC) of the Indian National Congress Party in 1992. The award carries a citation and cash award of Rs 10 lakh.
  • It was instituted to commemorate the lasting contribution made by Rajiv Gandhi to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence.
  • Former recipients are Mother Teresa, Mohd Yunus, Lata Mangeshkar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Sunil Dutt and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan etc.


Anita Gopalan awarded 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Translator and artist Anita Gopalan was awarded the 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants for her English translation of Hindi novel Simsim written by Geet Chaturvedi.

Gopalan is the second Indian translator to be selected for the grant. She will be honoured at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York in February 2017.

Novel Simsim: It narrates the clash between two Indias’, i.e. one old and traditional and the other modern and new driven by consumerism and corporate greed. It was published in 2008 and is recognized for its groundbreaking contribution to contemporary Hindi fiction.

About Anita Gopalan

  • Anita Gopalan is an artist and translator.
  • She had graduated in Computer Science and Mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani.
  • Prior to her writing and translator career, she had worked in the banking technology sector for over 14 years.

About PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

  • The fund grants were established by PEN American Centre in 2003.
  • It was renamed from earlier PEN Translation Fund Grants in honour of noted literary translator Michael Henry Heim.
  • The Grants’ seeks to promote the reception and publication of translated world literature in English.
  • They are awarded annually to a select number of literary translators based on quality of translation and importance of the original work as well as its originality.