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Singular Pluralities: Examining Indian Literatures

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Published on Apr 9, 2012

Namita Gokhale is a writer, festival director, publisher and literary consultant. Her first novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, published in 1984, caused an uproar with its candid sexual humour. Gods, Graves and Grandmother, an ironic fable about street life in Delhi, was adapted into a musical play. The experience of illness and loss informed her later books, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows and Shakuntala, the Play of Memory. Gokhale has also written The Book of Shiva, an introduction to Shaivite philosophy and mythology; retold the Indian epic, The Mahabharata, in an illustrated version for young and first time readers; and with Dr. Malashri Lal co-edited In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, a discussion of the enigmatic goddess and her indelible impact on the lives of Indian women. Gokhale's most recent books include Priya: In Incredible Indyaa, and a collection of short stories,The Habit of Love. Gokhale is member-secretary of Indian Literature Abroad (ILA), a founder-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and a Director of Mountain Echoes: the Bhutan Literary Festival. She is an adviser to The Kathmandu Literary Jatra, The Hay Festival Kerala and other literary initiatives.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India's first Education Minister. The Council helps formulate and implement cultural relations policies to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other peoples.

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