The Secret of More
By Tejaswini Apte-Rahm
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A distinguished jury from diverse backgrounds brings forth the Longlist, Shortlist and Winner of the JCB Prize for Literature, year on year.
Author and Translator (Chair)
Playwright and Stage Director
Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, stage director, and mentor. His works as a playwright have been translated and performed in many languages across India and abroad.
For his anthology Final Solutions and Other Plays, Dattani received the Sahitya Akademi Award. His works as a director include an adaptation in English of Tagore's story Chokher Bali for Barnard College, Columbia University, an adaptation of Lorca's Blood Wedding for ICS Theatre, New Jersey, Snapshots of a Fervid Sunrise, written and directed by him.
Recently he worked with This is Not a Theatre Company in New York to write and direct an audio piece, A Little Drape of Heaven, which was picked by The New York Times as among the top five things to catch in New York.His film work as a writer and director includes Mango Souffle (2000) and Morning Raga (2003). He is the Artistic Director of Playpen Performing Arts Trust, a group dedicated to mentoring and producing new works for the theatre. He lives in Mumbai, India.
Author, Critic and Learning Designer
Author and Surgeon
Kavery Nambisan started her writing career with children’s books. Her adult novels include The Scent of Pepper, A Story that Must Not be Told and A Town Like Ours. Her non-fiction book A Luxury Called Health is her most recent work. She also contributes articles and essays to national newspapers and international anthologies. She went to Iowa University on an international writing fellowship; to Pakistan on a Fullbright and Iowa sponsored literary progamme; to Shanghai as a writer in residence with her late husband and poet Vijay Nambisan.
Kavery graduated in medicine from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, did her higher surgical training in the UK and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, London. She has since built her career working as a surgeon in rural India including parts of Bihar, UP and Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Kavery Nambisan lives and works in Kodagu.
Conservation Journalist and Filmmaker
Swati Thiyagarajan is a multi-award winning conservation journalist who pioneered conservation and wildlife reporting for television in India . She is the former Environment Editor of NDTV and helmed and created one of their flagship shows Born Wild. She authored the book Born Wild, Journeys into the wild hearts of India and Africa. She is also a documentary filmmaker, her film The Animal Communicator has racked up over 8 million views on YouTube since 2012 and is available on Amazon Prime in the US and UK.
She was the Associate Producer on the Academy Award winning My Octopus Teacher and is at present working for the Sea Change Project in Cape Town.
Longlisted author Janice Pariat, on the characters that make up her novel, their oneness with the natural worlds they inhabit, and story’tellers’who have inspired her.Read more
Longlisted author Vikramajit Ram, on how his curiosity around the lives of those away from the spotlight, led him to Mansur.Read more
Longlisted author Brinda Charry, talks about her protagonist Tony, the parallels she can draw with her own journey, and her next novel.Read more
Longlisted author Tejaswini Apte-Rahm on how researching the life and times of her great-grandfather led to her debut novel, and more.Read more
Longlisted author Bikram Sharma talks about the inspirations behind his debut novel, the books he tends to revisit and what’s next when it comes to his writing.Read more
After 5 months of reading entries that came from publishers across the country, the 2023 Jury has come up with a list of 10 titles that make up the Longlist – one that is sure to excite literary enthusiasts worldwide.Read more