Jhumpa Lahiri wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015

Indian American Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has won prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015. Fifth edition of this prize was announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

She has received the prestigious $50,000 DSC Prize for her book The Lowland. Her book was chosen by 5 judges from 75 books.

The Lowland is a tale of two Indian brothers during time of 1950’s in Calcutta. It depicts story of both brothers one who get involved in the Naxalite movement in the late 1960s and the other leaves for the United States.

Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Her original name is Nilanjana Sudeshna.
  • Works- Her debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies (1999) has won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • Her first novel was Namesake (2003) was adapted in a movie with the same name which was directed by Mira Nair. Suresh Kalpenn acted in this movie. The Lowland (2013).
  • Currently, she is a member of US President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

  • It is awarded annually to writers of any ethnicity or nationality writing about South Asia such as culture, politics, history, or people. It was instituted in 2011.
  • It is funded by infrastructure company the DSC Group.
  • Other recipients are: Pakistani author H.M. Naqvi (Homeboy)- 2011, Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka (Chinaman)-2012, Jeet Thayil(Narcopolis) 2013 and Cyrus Mistry (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer)-2014.

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