A.K. Ramanujan (1929–1993) was born and educated in Mysore, India. He taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades, where he served as the chairman of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He earned the Padma Shri in 1976 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1983. In recognition of the excellence of his translations, the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies has established the A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation.
The award of $1,000 is given every other year, and is intended to recognize and encourage translations from South Asian languages into English. Translations will be judged by their aesthetic quality and contributions to the field of South Asian studies. Special consideration will be given to innovative work that reaches a wide audience. Please note that books published in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for the prize, which will be announced at the AAS annual conference next spring.
The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019. Copies should be sent to each member of the selection committee.
Ramanujan Prize Committee:
- Tony Stewart (chair), Department of Religious Studies, VU BOX 351585, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37235
- Sunil Sharma, World Languages & Literatures, Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02139
- Elaine Fisher, Building 70, Room 72D, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305