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Rana Dasgupta awarded Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019

Date: 25 April 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards

The second edition of Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize was awarded to author Rana Dasgupta for his novel "Solo".  The novel was published in 2010 and it is tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence.  Besides, Rabindranath Tagore Prize for social achievement was awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination for "his incredible efforts to uproot leprosy and great contribution to world peace".

Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize

It is awarded for one extraordinary piece of literally work, or as lifetime achievement. It carries monetary award of $10,000, Tagore statue and certificate for contribution to literature. It was launched in 2018 by Maitreya Publishing Foundation. It is only awarded on Indian poets, playwrights and novelists, who are writing either in languages or dialects of the Indian subcontinent, or in English. The award is legacy to Rabindranath Tagore, his contribution to Indian and world literature, as well as to the educational and humanistic ideas he pursued throughout his life.