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Study on making regional lit global

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The British Council has undertaken a research project to see how literature in Indian languages, including those of Bengali writers, can be translated into English for global readers. The research covered 10 cities or states in India and focused on languages which included Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

The research, in collaboration with private organisation Art X Company, focuses on writers and literary professionals and translations of their works. It brings together insights from 100 stakeholders in 10 Indian cities covering eight languages. The research attempts to identify opportunities for working and collaborating globally, scrutinizing the role of literary festivals, role of digitization and perceptions of Indian literature in English translation abroad.

Though India has 427 recognised languages, with 22 official languages, most Indian literature known globally has been written in English, with very little Indian language literature in translation making it to Western markets. The report identifies the various challenges faced by the sector and outlines recommendations for the publishing ecosystem and the translation ecosystem.

British Council director (Arts India) Jonathan Kennedy said, “The main aim of conducting the research was to identify barriers to internationalisation faced by Indian literature and publishing professionals and support the Indian literature sector which has suffered because of the global pandemic. The idea is to also help Indian literature in different and more languages reach foreign shores. ”

Source: Times of India

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