Kolkata-born Novelist, academic and musician Amit Chaudhuri, 46, is the first Indian to be included in the judges’ panel of the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.
The international panel chaired by writer Jane Smiley, also has Leningrad-born writer, film scriptwriter, and essayist, Andrey Kurkov.
The Man Booker International Prize, in contrast with the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction, recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.
Worth £60,000, the prize is awarded once every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in English.
Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, won the 2007 prize and Albanian writer, Ismail Kadare, the inaugural prize in 2005.
The judges’ list of contenders, approximately 15 writers under serious consideration for the prize, sponsored by the Man Group, which also sponsors the Booker Prize for Fiction, will be announced in early spring 2009 and the winner will be announced in early summer 2009.
Chaudhuri lives in Kolkata and England. He has won several prizes for his fiction, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Sahitya Akademi award.