The Shakespeare of Rajasthan; But have you read him?
Story Dated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 14:40 hrs IST
Come Nobel season, and speculations rise on who will be the lucky ones to receive that phone call worth $1.5 million from Scandinavia. The Nobel prize for literature is one that creates the most buzz of them all, with a bunch of writers pushed to the limelight all of a sudden.
For the closely-watched prize, that last year went to Peruvian-Spanish author Mario Vargas Llosa, literary circles suggest the situation in the Middle East could also play a role in the Swedish Academy's choice, with Syrian poet Adonis tipped as a favourite.
Online betting site Ladbrokes has named Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer as a close competitor to Adonis.
Popularly called as Bijji, 85-year-old Indian writer Vijaydan Detha too figures among the shortlisted names. Most works of the author, who often draws it from Rajasthani folklore, have been adapted to many plays and movies that includes Habib Tanvirís legendary 'Charandas Chor' and Amol Palekarís 'Paheli'.
A recipient of coveted awards like Padmashri, Sahitya Akademi Award and Sahitya Chudamani, Bijji is often regarded as the 'Shakespeare of Rajasthan.' His stories often evoke a divine intervention,††with which he draws a line of reason even when dealing with folklore.
Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Somalia's Nuruddin Farah, Hungary's Peter Nadas, Korean poet Ko Un, Japan's Haruki Murakami and Australia's Les Murray are the other favourites for the prestigious honour, which will most probably be announced on October 6 but could come any Thursday in October.