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Jhumpa Lahiri selected for 2014 National Humanities Medal

Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri has been selected for the prestigious 2014 National Humanities Medal of White House.

She has been selected for this award for enlarging the human story and will be presented with it by US President Barack Obama.

The award also recognizes her fictional works which have illuminated the Indian-American experience in beautifully wrought narratives of estrangement and belonging.

About Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Her original name is Nilanjana Sudeshna.
  • Her Work: 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) it was nominee for the Man Booker Prize.
  • Currently, she is Professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

About National Humanities Medal

  • It is an annual award given by US President.
  • Established: It had succeeded annual Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities (established in 1988) in 1996.
  • Bestowed on persons, groups or institutions in recognition for their work which has deepened United States understanding of the humanities, broadened US citizens’ engagement with the humanities or helped to preserve and expand US’s access to important resources in the humanities.
  • Since its inception in 1996 it has been bestowed upon (including this year’s) 175 recipients, 163 individuals and 12 organisations.

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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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