The plural and the singular

Print edition : April 19, 2013

A.K. Ramanujan. In modern times we have many writers who belong to the composite Hindi-Urdu tradition that can perhaps be called the Hindustani tradition, like Premchand, or bilingual writers like A.K. Ramanujan, Jayanta Mahapatra, Kiran Nagarkar and Kamala Das who wrote/write in their mother tongues as well as in English. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Kamala Suraiyya (Kamala Das). Photo: H. Vibhu

Jayanta Mahapatra. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Kiran Nagarkar. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

At a book exhibition organised by the Sahitya Akademi's southern regional office and Siddhartha Kala Peetham in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, in 2008. Photo: RAJU. V

With 184 mother tongues, 25 writing systems, and several traditions of oral and written literature, the diversity of India’s literary landscape can match only the complexity of its linguistic map.
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