Aruni Kashyap, a writer and translator from Assam, has been selected as a jury member for the third edition of the JCB Prize for Literature.
The chair of the jury is Leela Samson, former chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and of the Central Board of Film Certification.
The other members of the jury are writer Tejaswi Niranjana , playwright and theatre director Ramu Ramanathan? and Deepika Sorabjee?, head of the Arts & Culture portfolio at Tata Trusts.
The JCB Prize for Literature carries a prize of Rs 25 lakh to the winner, and Rs 1 lakh each to the shortlisted authors.
It considers translations into English on equal footing with works originally written in English, and gives additional awards of Rs 50,000 each to the translators in case one or more of the shortlisted books are translations, and of 10 lakh to the translator of the winning book if it happens to be a translation.
The 2019 Prize was awarded to The Far Field, writer Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel.
This year the longlist of ten titles will be announced on September 1, followed by the shortlist of five on September 25.
The awards ceremony is scheduled for November 7.
Aruni Kashyap is the author of The House With a Thousand Stories . He has also translated from Assamese and introduced celebrated Indian writer Indira Goswami’s last work of fiction, The Bronze Sword of Thengphakhri Tehsildar.
He won the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing to the University of Edinburgh in 2009.
Kashyap, who originally hails from Guwahati, now lives in Minnesota, USA.