Writers, etc.: Ananda Devi in conversation with Vijaya Rao, 22 January 2014
The Institut Français en Inde and Alliance Française de Delhi have the pleasure of hosting the 27th session of “Writers, etc.” over the release of Indian Tango by noted Mauritian writer Ananda Devi, who will be in conversation with Francophone literature specialist Vijaya Rao.
Writers, Etc. is a cultural event jointly organised by the Book Office of the Embassy of France in India, Institut Français en Inde and the Alliance Française de Delhi. This monthly rendezvous is a platform for literature: a space where the written word gets primacy, where literary ideas and their practitioners can genuinely interact with each other and the general public.
Date and time: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 at 6.30 pm
Venue: M.L. Bhartia Auditorium
Alliance Française de Delhi
72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003
Before the Delhi leg of her India tour, the author visited Kolkata (13th – 16th January 2014) for the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. On this occasion, the Alliance Française du Bengale had organised a meet with literature students at Jadavpur University.
Ananda Devi is participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival from 17th to 21st January. She discussed her works with eminent feminist Urvashi Butalia in the session “Words without Borders” on 17 January 2014 and in a later session, “Rebellions and Revolutions”, she spoke about personal and political literary spaces.
Born in Mauritius, Ananda Devi began to make her mark in Mauritian literature when, aged 15, she won a prize at a short story competition open to all Francophone countries. This marked the beginning of a long literary career that now spans forty years and fifteen books including novels, short stories and poetry, and that has seen her become a major French language writer from the Indian Ocean. Her works have been published by the prestigious French publisher Gallimard and translated into several languages. She has won many prizes and awards, notably for her novels Eve de ses décombres and Le sari vert (“The Green Sari”). She has received several awards, which include Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government in 2010. Her work is studied in universities across the world. Her novel entitled Indian Tango has recently been published in English translation by Random House India.
Vijaya Rao is Professor at the Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis dealt with the works of the Quebec writer Michel Tremblay. She teaches and researches on the representation of India in French and Francophone literature, and literature of Quebec and the Indian Ocean. She has edited Reaching the Great Moghul: Francophone travel writing on India of the 17th and 18th centuries (Yoda Press, 2012), Langue étrangère et autres poèmes by Ranajit Sarkar (Daastaan, 2012), published an anthology on Indian writing in French (Ecriture indienne d’expression française), and has co-edited a special issue for the journal Synergies-Inde on cross-readings and Francophone encounters between Quebec and India.