Poetess Arundhathi Subramaniam on 24 January 2015 won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry at Jaipur Literature Festival. She was awarded for her work When God is a Traveller.
Subramaniam’s name was chosen from a list of 5 shortlisted names which were announced on 10 October 2014. Other shortlisted works were
• Escape Artist by Sridala Swami
• Central Time by Ranjit Hoskote
• Fire Altar by Keki N Daruwalla
• Selected Poems by Joy Goswami translated by Sampurna Chattarji
• She is a poet and a writer on spirituality and culture
• She has worked as a poetry editor and curator and as a journalist on literature, classical dance and theatre
• She is the author of numerous books, namely
a) Where I Live published
b) Sadhguru: More Than a Life
c) The Book of Buddha
d) On Cleaning Bookshelves
e) She edited Pilgrim’s India, an anthology of essays and poems on sacred journeys
f) She has co-edited Confronting Love, an anthology of contemporary Indian love poems titled
Awards and honours on Subramaniam
• The Raza Award for Poetry in 2009
• The Charles Wallace Fellowship for a 3-month writing residency at the University of Stirling in 2003
• The Visiting Arts Fellowship for a poetry tour of the UK (organized by the Poetry Society) in 2006
• The Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2012
Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry
The award was instituted in 2014 by Suhel Seth in memory of the late Khushwant Singh. The award is open for Indian poets writing in English or Indian language translation to English. The award carries a cash prize of 2 lakh rupees.
The award was instituted during the annual Khushwant Singh Literature Festival, set in the hills of Kasauli.
The inaugural award was given for the poetry by a single author published between 15 September 2013 and 15 September 2014.
When: 24 January 2015