Large Little E book Award for Subhadra Sen Gupta, Rajiv Eipe

From: PTI | New Delhi |

December 15, 2020 2:12:21 pm


The jury described Sen Gupta as a productive but special writer who is taking a difficult path. (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Author Subhadra Sen Gupta and illustrator Rajiv Eipe were named winners of the Big Little Book Award 2020 for their contribution to children’s literature. The language of the fifth edition of the Big Little Book Award, launched by Tata Trusts’ Parag initiative, was English. In recent years, children’s literature in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and Kannada has received awards.

Sen Gupta has authored books such as The Constitution of India for Children, The World’s Worst Cook’s Secret Diary, Dal Biryani Historical Secret, Let’s Go Time Travel, and Girls of India: A Mauryan Adventure.

Eipe’s illustrations are in titles like Dive, Pishi and Me, Ammachi’s Amazing Machines, Oh No! Not again! “And dinosaurs as long as 127 children. The total number of nominations for that year was 318, and the winners were selected based on the quality of their work.

The jury for the author category consisted of Anil Menon, Ravi Subramanian, Shailaja Menon, Sujata Noronha and Usha Mukunda. It identified Sen Gupta as a productive but special writer who is taking a difficult path. “We can rely on their rigor and background research on their content and always find that their positions are balanced and allow the reader to make their own decisions,” it said.

The jury for the Illustrators category consisted of Aashti Mudnani, Proiti Roy, Rani Dharker, Sunandini Banerjee and Thejaswi Shivanand. Eipe, it was said, is brilliant with his skills and his illustrations tell their own stories. “His work is characterized by originality and his observations of the world around us are sensitive and full of humor. A book with Rajiv’s illustrations is visually attractive, informative with details that are wonderfully peculiar and effortlessly take the reader into a world of fantasy, ”said the jury.

“It’s a great feeling of validation for all of your work. Most of all it’s about children. I’ve been talking to children for 30 years and it was somehow worth it, ”said Sen Gupta of her victory. “For years, not many people took children’s writing seriously. There were no awards and even contracts from publishers were difficult. I’ve been through all of this, ”she added.

Eipe said there is “so much great work going on right now and in the past and it is good to see that this type of work is encouraged and valued”. Previous winners (authors) are Madhuri Purandare (Marathi), Nabaneeta Dev Sen (Bengali), Nagesh Hegde (Kannada) and Prabhat (Hindi). Illustrators winning the award are Atanu Roy, Proiti Roy, Nina Sabnani, and Priya Kuriyan.

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