The fields of art and literature are making strides in South Asian inclusiveness.
The Armory Square Award for South Asian Literature in Translation was launched on Thursday, becoming the premier international award for South Asian translation work, reports Scroll.in.
The prize is in collaboration with venture capital firm Armory Square Ventures and Open Letter Books, both based in New York, reports Scroll.in.
“The price is groundbreaking,” Armory Ventures said in a statement. “It aims to address the stark disparities in literary translation around the world, while training a new generation of literary translators working with South Asian languages and recognizing storytellers from the Indian subcontinent.
According to Scroll.in, the Anglophile-dominated publishing world has reserved little space for South Asian literature.
“Of nearly 7,600 books published in translation in the United States over the past decade, only 64, or less than 1%, were from a South Asian language,” reports Scroll.in. “These languages are spoken by a fifth of the world’s population.”
Armory Square Award winners will have their works published by Open Letter Books in 2024, the company’s announcement said.
The Dallas Museum of Art has also taken a step forward in South Asian representation by appointing its first Indian American board chair, Gowri Natarajan Sharma, News India Times reports.
According to ARTnews, Sharma is also the first person president of the museum’s color board. The DMA has an endowment of 270 million dollars.
According to News India Times, Sharma holds a master’s degree in architecture and is a founding member of UNICEF in the North Texas and Central Plains region.
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