Update: March 22, 2022 1:57 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]March 22 (ANI): On the occasion of Bihar Day, HarperCollins India on Tuesday announced the publication of “The Book of Bihari Literature”, edited by poet-diplomat Abhay K.
The book will be published in October this year.
Bihar Day (Bihar Diwas) is observed annually on March 22, marking the formation of the state of Bihar. It is on this day that the British carved out the state of Bengal in 1912 and is observed as a public holiday in Bihar.
The Bihari Literature Book is the very first attempt to present an overview of the rich world of Bihari Literature in English translation among the many languages spoken in Bihar.
Many of these works have been translated for the first time, making them accessible to the English-speaking world.
Bihari literature, spanning two millennia, consists of literary works produced in various languages spoken in Bihar, such as Magahi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Angika, Bajjika, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, English and classical languages such as Sanskrit and Pali.
Some of the authors featured in the book include Mutta, Sumangalmata, Kautilya, Vatsyayna, Sarhapa, Vidyapati, Abdul-Qadir Bedil, Dean Mahomed, Mahendar Misir, Bhikhari Thakur, Raghuveer Narayan, Heera Dom, Acharya Shivpujan Sahay, Rambriksh Benipuri, Bedil Azimabadi . , Hari Mohan Jha and Abhay K.
Translators who have contributed to this anthology include Pandita Vairocanaraksita, Mangal Murty, Ram Bhagwan Singh, NC Sinha, Nalini Taneja, Dr Syed Sarawar Hussain, Manisha Chaudhry, Dr Rakshanda Jalil, Vidyanand Jha, Huma Mirza, Asif Jalal, Jay Ram Singh, Vivek Perampuria, Chaitali Pandya, Abhay K, Dr Bindu Singh, Gautam Choubey, Medha Singh, Abhay Kumar, Akanksha Garg and Nasim Fekrat.
Speaking on the occasion, the book’s publisher, Abhay K, said, “The book of Bihari literature comprises literary works from eleven Bihar languages spanning more than three millennia. It is for the first time that the Literature of so many Bihar languages is being made accessible in English translation.I am delighted to share on Bihar day that the book is published by HarperCollins India, known for publishing quality and memorable books. Editing this book has been a journey back to my roots in Bihar. I’ve only been able to include a very small portion of Bihar’s literary treasures in it due to various constraints. I hope to see more translations of the bihari literature published in the coming years.
Prema Govindan, Editor-in-Chief of HarperCollins India, said: “Bihar has a long and checkered past, with an astonishing list of poets, philosophers, thinkers and storytellers cataloging its ups and downs. We are honored to publish Abhay K.’s delightful anthology of works of Bihari literature. With this book, we hope to introduce our readers to the diversity of thought and brilliance of writing that Bihar has offered us over the millennia.
The book’s editor, Abhay K comes from Nalanda, Bihar, and is the author of ten poetry books and editor of six poetry anthologies.
Her poems have appeared in over a hundred literary journals, including Poetry Salzburg Review and Asia Literary Review. His “Earth Anthem” has been translated into over 150 languages.
Abhay received the 2013 SAARC Literary Award and was invited to register his poems at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC in 2018.
His translations of Kalidasa’s Meghaduta and Ritusamhara from Sanskrit won the KLF Poetry Book of the Year 2020-21 award. (ANI)