The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced various fellowship lists with two Indian Americans — Narayan Hegde and Shilpi Suneja — among the honorees.
Hegde, of Setauket, N.Y., was awarded a $12,500 grant for the 2018 fiscal year for the NEA's Literature Translation Fellowship.
His fellowship is to support the retranslation from the Kannada of the novel Avasthe by Indian writer U.R. Ananthamurthy, according to the NEA.
Kannada is a major language of India, spoken by roughly 60 million people in the state of Karnataka. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014) is one of the most celebrated writers of contemporary India. He was one of the pioneers of the Navya (Modernist) movement in Kannada literature, the NEA said.
Hegde is emeritus professor of English at SUNY College at Old Westbury, where he taught English, Indian and world literatures. As a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies, he has translated several works of Kannada literature, including Stallion of the Sun and Other Stories by U.R. Ananthamurthy, Annayya's Anthropology by A.K. Ramanujan and a 19th-century drama, The Marriage Farce of Iggappa Hegade, the NEA said.
He is a recipient of the Katha Translation Award. He is currently part of a team translating the 15th century Kannada epic Kumaravyasa Bharatha for publication by Harvard University Press in its Murty Classical Library of India series.
Suneja was among 36 recipients earning a fellowship grant in the Literature Creative Writing (Prose) by the NEA. The endowment doled out $900,000 to the 36 recipients.
Suneja earned a degree in computer science from North Carolina State University before earning a master's in English and American literature from New York University and a master's of fine arts in creative writing from Boston University. She most recently worked as an email marketing specialist for Boston-based Nth Degree and before that as a web developer for Cambridge-based Akamai Technologies.