The South Asian Times

19 October 2018 22:25 PM

Prof. Narayan Hegde receives NEA Literature Translation Fellowship

Fellowship will support English translation of U R Ananthamurthy’s Kannada novel 'Avasthe' 

New York: The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that Dr. Narayan Hegde will receive an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship. A professor emeritus of English at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, Dr. Hegde is one of 22 Literature Translation Fellows for fiscal year 2018. In total, the NEA is recommending $300,000 in grants this round to support the new translation of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 15 different languages into English.

As an NEA Literature Translation Fellow, Dr. Hegde will translate from the Kannada the novel “Avasthe” by Indian writer U. R. Ananthamurthy. First published in 1978 and made into a feature film in India, “Avasthe” is the third novel in a trilogy that chronicles the social and political changes in India immediately after the country's independence from colonial rule. While the other two books in the trilogy are available in English translations, “Avasthe” remains virtually unknown outside southern India.

Kannada is a major language of India, spoken by roughly 60 million people in the state of Karnataka. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014) is one of the most celebrated writers of contemporary India. He was one of the pioneers of the Navya (Modernist) movement in Kannada literature.

Dr. Hegde retired from full-time teaching at SUNY Old Westbury in January 2017 after 36 years as a member of the College’s faculty, where he taught English, Indian, and World Literature. As a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies, he has translated several works of Kannada literature, including Stallion of the Sun and Other Stories by U. R. Ananthamurthy, Annayya's Anthropology by A. K. Ramanujan, and a 19th-century drama, The Marriage Farce of Iggappa Hegade. He is a recipient of the Katha Translation Award. He is currently part of a team translating the 15th century Kannada epic Kumaravyasa Bharatha for publication by Harvard University Press in its Murty Classical Library of India series.

Update: 02 Dec, 2017