Monday, October 31, 2011

Aditi Rao wins the Srinivas Rayaprol Prize 2011

From the Rayaprol Trust announcement:
Twenty-six year old Aditi Rao has been declared the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize for 2011. 

A writer, educator, and activist, Aditi has spent the last eight years traveling between India, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States; all the places, cultures, and languages she has encountered on this journey have had a profound influence on her writing and her life. Aditi currently lives in New Delhi, where she works as a consultant for non-profit organizations in the field of peace education, facilitates creative writing workshops at educational institutions, and carves out time for her twin passions of poetry and pottery. She holds a MFA degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (New York).

The Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was instituted by the Hyderabad-based Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust to recognize excellence in poetry written in English and is jointly administered by the Department of English, University of Hyderabad.  This year a jury, consisting of poet, fiction writer, translator, critic, and IIT-Madras faculty K. Srilata, Prof. Syed Mujeebuddin and Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty of the University of Hyderabad, selected Aditi Rao from a field of 200 poets in the age group of 20-40 years from all over the country.
I couldn't find Rao's poems anywhere else except on her blog. Here they are


Anonymous said...

Are you a part of the contest conducting team? The announcement is nowhere else on the internet... not even on the winners blog.

Space Bar said...

anon: No, I'm not a part of the contest team, but this was sent out via mail by the Rayaprol Trust and I put the notice up.

I assure you, however, that the announcement is genuine and straight from the organisers. They - unfortunately - do not have an official website or blog but I hope it won't be long before they arrange for one.

vinod pavarala said...

Thanks. This is indeed the official announcement from the Rayaprol Trust. Some newspapers did publish it, including the TOI. It's probably not yet on the winner's blog because ever since the announcement she has had to deal with some health issues.

Vinod Pavarala (for the Trust)