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Aditi Rao wins Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize


Hyderabad|India: The third Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was presented by eminent poet and New York City-based scholar, Meena Alexander on January 17, 2012 as part of the Hyderabad Literary Festival held at Taramati Baradari. The award, consis of a citation and Rs.10,000 cash prize. 

The winner is 26-year old Aditi Rao, who is a writer, educator, and activist, lives in Delhi where she works as a consultant in the field of peace education.  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.  She also 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. 

The Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust was started in the year 2000 to perpetuate the memory of the poet, Srinivas Rayaprol (a.k.a. R.S. Marthandam, 1925-1998), who was one of the significant personalities of the early Indian English Poetry in India.  The inaugural prize was awarded in 2009 to Aditi Machado and in 2010 to Hemant Mohapatra.



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