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Naipaul to be subject of two films

The films would cover the writer's interviews, his years in Trinidad and events associated with WI university's Year of Naipaul in 2007.

entertainment Updated: Apr 23, 2007 16:38 IST

The life and times of Trinidad and Tobago's first Nobel Laureate Sir Vidiadhar Surujprasad Naipaul will be the subject of two films.

The first film would cover the Indo-Trinidadian writer's background and his work. It would include interviews and background on his years in Trinidad, said Dr Bhoe Tewarie, the principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus.

The other film would cover events associated with the university's Year of Sir VS Naipaul in 2007. It would contain readings, public articulations and discussions, book signing and related public lectures by other presenters throughout the year.

Tewarie said the university recognises this great son of the soil who still captures the minds of those who read his prolific writings.

The films would also be a linkage to the 75-year old author and Trinidad and Tobago.

Naipaul has written three books on India: "An Area of Darkness", "India: A Million Mutinies", and "India, A Wounded Civilisation".

Sir Vidia, who lives is England, is now on a week-long visit to his homeland, the second since getting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

The university's year-long celebration of Naipaul that is scheduled to coincide with his 75th birthday on Aug 17, also includes a series of public lectures.

In addition, in recognition of the celebrated author's work, the university will host a symposium titled, 'VS Naipaul: Created in the West Indies', on April 19.

Sir Vidia is one of the region's most celebrated writers. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, and was awarded Trinidad and Tobago's highest honour - the Trinity Cross in 1989.

Naipaul has won numerous literary awards, including the British Booker Prize (in 1991 for "In A Free State") and the David Cohen British Literature Prize 1993 for Lifetime Achievement of a Living British Writer by the Arts Council of England.

He was educated at Queen's Royal College, the country's premier pre-colonial secondary education and at the University College, Oxford, England. He holds honorary doctorates from Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York, and honorary degrees from the Universities of Cambridge, London, and Oxford.

"UWI is not just about teaching and learning, but it is about creating a learning society. UWI has an obligation to do that: to create a bridge to knowledge," said Tewarie.

First Published: Apr 18, 2007 10:29 IST