Peak Platform acquires UK rights for Award-winning Indian writer's books
04/13/2013

Peak Platform has acquired English language rights to works of Award-winning Indian language writers: Purnachandra Tejasvi, Chandrasekhar Kambar, Pratibha Ray, Vaidehi, Mamta Sagar, Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi and Sethu Madhavan.

Online PR News – 13-April-2013 – London/England – Peak Platform has acquired English language rights to works of Award-winning Indian language writers: Purnachandra Tejasvi, Chandrasekhar Kambar, Pratibha Ray, Vaidehi, Mamta Sagar, Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi, Sethu Madhavan.

Purnachandra Tejasvi, Chandrasekhar Kambar, Vaidehi, Mamta Sagar and Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi write in the native language of Karnataka, (Kannada), Sethu Madhavan in Malayalam (Kerala State language) and Pratibha Ray in Odisha (Orissa State language).

Chandrasekhar Kambar and Pratibha Ray have received the Jnanpith Award for 2010 and 2011, the highest literary award given to writers in India.

Vaidehi, Purnachandra Tejasvi, Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi and Sethu Madhavan have received the Central Sahitya Academy Award given by the Central Sahitya Academy.

The poet, Mamta Sagar, has performed in poetry festivals in Vietnam, Colombia, Cuba, South Africa, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, India and USA and her poems are translated in over 20 langauges.

Tejasvi's novel, 'Carvalho', and a short story collection, 'Monitor Lizard and other Stories' published this year.

Chandrasekhar Kambar's award-winning plays, two of which, along with his novel, 'Singarevva and the Palace' also released this year.

Pratibha Ray's two novels and two short story collections have been acquired and her historical novel, 'Citadel of Love,' set in and around the time that the world-famous Konark temple was built, will be released this year along with a short story collection.

Vaidehi's collection of short stories, 'Gulabi Talkies and other stories,' will be relased this year.

Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi's short story collection, 'A Piece of Wall and Other Stories,’ will be released this year. Translation of his magnum opus Kannada novel, ‘Svatantrada Ota,’ will be released as, ‘Freedom Run’.

Sethu Madhavan's short stories and Mamta Sagar's collected poems will be released in 2013.

Geraldine Rose who acquired the rights from the Indian publishing company, Kadalu, said:
'These important works of hitherto virtually unknown writers in the west, although classic, award-winning writers in their own language, fill a gap in the English market with these translations. With these titles we hope to make a start on redressing the imbalance of translated works, especially poor when compared with the amount available in other European countries. We are, of course, absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to publish these very important works'.

About the Authors

Pratibha Ray

Pratibha Ray, Jnanpith Awardee, (one of only seven female writers to receive this award in the whole of India), is a household name in Odisha and in most parts of India through her translated works. She writes in Odiya and is one of the leading fiction writers in India today. Awards received include Jnanpith Award, Odisha State Sahitya Academy Award, Central Sahitya Academy Award, Padma Shri Award, Katha Prize and Moorti Devi Award by Bharatiya Jnanpith.

Purnachandra Tejasvi

Purnachandra Tejasvi (1938-2007), is a unique Indian writer, and a prominent and popular writer in the Kannada language. 'All through his life and writing, Tejasvi was engaged with nature which surpasses all kinds of hierarchies. He has offered us new insights through his writings that can be framed as 'metaphysics of the mundane. It is the identity, grace, dignity and authenticity of every being that forms this metaphysics. However, he does it with the intensity and quest of a time traveller, who is in search of the core essence of the universe'. He received the Central Sahitya Academy award in 1987 and Pampa Prashashti in 2001.
'Tejasvi is adored in Karnataka as no other writer is.. The language is simple and precise; the vision, genial and humanistic, and rests equally on commitment to one's fellow men and respect for the environment..Carvalho is both comic and cosmic ...one of my favourite novels.' Aravind Adiga, Booker Prize winner

Chandrasekhar Kambar

Chandrasekhar Kambar, Jnanpith Awardee, is an eminent poet, playwright, novelist, folklorist, film maker and composer of film music whose contribution to literature is immense. His works are inspired by folk tradition, particularly the folklore and mythology of Northern Karnataka which is richly woven into his writings. He draws upon the rich resources from popular speech and folklore with effortless ease. His award - winning plays have made a tremendous impact on contemporary Indian theatre. A Fulbright scholar, Kambar has taught at the University of Chicago for two years, and in Bangalore University for more than two decades. He is the founder Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi and has also served as the Chairman of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. He has been felicitated with the Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shri for Literature.

Vaidehi

Vaidehi, a well-known Indian writer, who writes in Kannada, is the recipient of the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi award as well as the prestigious Daana Chintamani Attimabbe State award, Katha Prize, and Kendra Sahitya Akademi award. One of her stories, 'Gulabi Talkies' was made into a critically acclaimed film by Girish Kasaravalli.

Mamta Sagar

Mamta Sagar, poet and playwright, writing in the Kannada language has three collections of poems, four plays, an anthology of her newspaper column writing and a collection of essays. Her poems are translated into many Indian languages as well as English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Galician, Maltese, Japanese, Chinese, Slovenian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Russian, Estonian, Cebuano. She has collaborated/performed with artists N.Pushpamala (India), Janet and Jennifer (Australia), Marjorie Evasco (Philippines) and Que Mai (Vietnam). She is interviewed and included in the documentary, 'Cultures of Resistance' directed by Lara Lee. Her poetry and interviews are showcased in, 'Los Chicos de Mañana,' a documentary directed by Javier Monero for Flying cat Productions, Spain. She has presented poems at poetry festivals in Vietnam, Colombia, Cuba, South Africa, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia. Mamta teaches at the Centre for Kannada Studies, Bangalore University and lives in Bangalore.

Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi

Author, playwright and scriptwriter Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi introduced Muslim culture into creative Kannada prose. He has eight short story collections, one novel, two stage plays and six children's books to his credit, besides several other editorial works. He has received the CentraL Sahitya Academy Award and three Karnataka Sahitya Academy Awards including a lifetime achievement award (1997). He has also won National Awards for his contribution to Kannada Films. His works have been translated into other Indian languages.

Sethu Madhavan

Sethumadhavan, popularly known as Sethu, is one of the pioneers of modern Malayalam fiction and has been honoured with many awards including the Central Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and the prestigious Vayalar Award. Three of his works have been made into films.
He is the current Chairman of the National Book Trust, India.

About Peak Platform : Peak Platform is a UK based publisher operating from the Peak District National Park in the English countryside. Founders Geraldine Rose and Sridhar Gowda are behind the Peak Literary Festival in the UK and started the publishing venture in 2009. http://www.peakplatform.com

About Kadalu: Kadalu is an Indian publisher and is taking the best of Indian writing and presenting it to a wider national and International market and bringing some of the best world writing to Indian languages. http://www.kadalu.com