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December 21, 2010

1947 Santoshabad Passenger and Other Stories

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Written by: Jampala Chowdary

By Chowdary Jampala

Sri Dasu Krishnamoorty is an 84 year young man who retired after working in senior editorial positions at national newspapers like The Indian Express and The Times of India. A few years ago, Sri Krishnamoorty and his daughter Tamraparni Dasu – a Senior Research Scientist at AT&T Labs, started a bimonthly web magazine, Literary Voices of India (http://www.literaryvoicesofindia.org), which presents translations of contemporary Indian fiction.

Earlier this year, I received from Sri Krishnamoorty, a copy of an anthology of Telugu short stories titled, 1947 Santoshabad Passenger and Other Stories, published by Rupa & Co that he and Ms. Dasu have translated into English. They note in the introduction that they see the Telugu short stories as couriers of culture and community message. It is their intent to bring the richness of Telugu short story to a global audience.

The 24 stories in this anthology span the 100 year odd history of Telugu short story. The writers here range from Bandaru Acchamamba who is credited with writing the earliest of the Telugu short stories to the current day writers like Mohammad Khadeer Babu. Included in this collection are Chalam’s SEshamma, Raavi Saastri’s maamiDi ceTTu, Koku’s saahasam, Volga’s tODu, Bandi Naaraayana Swami’s saavukooDu and, of course, the title story by Madhuraantakam Narendra. Incidentally, Swami’s story was translated by late Vakati Panduranga Rao (if I remember right, this translation appeared originally in the English ‘Katha’ series as a nomination for the best Telugu short story of that year). These stories open multiple windows to the diverse aspects of the life in Telugu land over the past century.

As has been discussed in this and other forums, there is a need to get Telugu short stories translated into other languages, particularly into English to offer the world at large a chance to read them. Unfortunately, most attempts at this seem not to go beyond Indian readership. Often, many of these attempts are marred by archaic idiom and expression or literal translations that make them stilted and not appealing to the uninitiated. One of the issues that all translators have to face and decide for themselves is who they are doing this for. That would help them choose the right language and style that will help them reach that readership.  Readers that grew up in India have different needs than those that are not previously acquainted with the Indian way of life or the Indian idiom. This volume, to an extent, overcomes the limitations apparent in the previous attempts at translating Telugu stories into English.

1947 Santoshabad Passenger and Other Stories
Translations of Telugu Short Stories
Dasu Krishnamoorty
Tamraparni Dasu

Published in March 2010 by Rupa & Co
265 pages
Rs. 195

To obtain the book, visit http://www.literaryvoicesofindia.org/literaryvoicesofindia.net/The_Book.html


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Jampala Chowdary

చికాగో మెడికల్ స్కూల్‌లో సైకియాట్రీ ప్రొఫెసర్ డా. జంపాల చౌదరికి తెలుగు, సాహిత్యం, కళలు, సినిమాలు అంటే అభిమానం. తానా పత్రిక, తెలుగు నాడి పత్రికలకు, మూడు తానా సమావేశపు సావెనీర్లకు, రెండు దశాబ్దాలు, కథ-నేపథ్యం కథాసంపుటాలకు సంపాదకత్వం వహించారు. ఉత్తర అమెరికా తెలుగు సంఘం (తానా), ఫౌండేషన్ ఫర్ డెమోక్రాటిక్ రిఫారంస్ ఇన్ ఇండియా (ఎఫ్.డి.ఆర్.ఐ.), మరికొన్ని సంస్థలలోనూ, కొన్ని తెలుగు ఇంటర్నెట్ వేదికలలోనూ ఉత్సాహంగా పాల్గొంటుంటారు; చాలాకాలంగా తానా ప్రచురణల కమిటీ అధ్యక్షులు. తానాకు 2013-2015కు కార్యనిర్వాహక ఉపాధ్యక్షుడిగా, 2015-2017కు అధ్యక్షుడిగా ఇటీవలే ఏకగ్రీవంగా ఎన్నిక అయ్యారు. పుస్తకం.నెట్‌లో జంపాల గారి ఇతర రచనలు ఇక్కడ చదవవచ్చు.


  1. […] 1947 Santoshabad Passenger and Other Stories; Translations of Telugu Short Stories – Dasu Krishnamurthy, Tamraparni Dasu.  […]

  2. Prasad Nallamothu

    I have been following the ascension of Literary Voices of India almost since its inception with great interest and admiration. The dedication and persistence of the editorial staff are commendable and should be applauded by lovers of Telugu fiction and who always longed for aspiring to introduce the beauty, serenity and depth of philosophical understanding that so many our stories expounded to the non-Telugu speaking readers of the world – I think LVI has best accomplished that job so far. I wish them the very best in all their future endeavours and as Dr. Jampala wrote, if LVI can visualise their target audience, the translations also can be tailor-made to their cultural/ social propensities.

    Best regards,

    Prasad Nallamothu

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