The US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature which celebrates the richness and diversity of South Asian writing will award its second winner on January 21st, 2012 at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, one of the biggest literary festivals in the region. Some of the major literary influencers, authors, publishers, media and literary enthusiasts are expected to be present at the occassion
The Shortlisted books and authors of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012 are: U.R. Ananthamurthy: Bharathipura, Chandrakanta: A Street in Srinagar, Usha K.R: Monkey-man, Shehan Karunatilaka: Chinaman, Tabish Khair: The Thing About Thugs, Kavery Nambisan: The Story that Must Not Be Told.
The DSC Prize is awarded for the best work of fiction pertaining to the South Asian region, published in English, including translations into English. In January 2011, the inaugural DSC Prize was won by Pakistani author HM Naqvi for his debut novel Home Boy.
Currently in its second year the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is being judged by an eminent jury drawn from the international literary fraternity - Dr. Alastair Niven , Dr. Fakrul Alam , Faiza S Khan, Ira Pande (Chair of the jury) and Marie Brenner.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr Manhad Narula, Director, DSC Limited said, We are delighted to award the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature at the DSC Jaipur Literature festival which is the biggest literary event of its kind in the region. We have received a wonderful response for the prize over the past two years and my best wishes go out to the shortlisted authors who are in running for the coveted prize, for they are the ones who are redefining the literary landscape of the region.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in January 2010 to celebrate writing that highlights the South Asian region, its people, culture and diaspora.