English Department Professor Narayan Hegde’s English translation of a play, The Marriage Farce of Iggappa Hegade, appears in the current issue (March-April 2012) of Indian Literature, the literary journal published by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, New Delhi.  Published in 1887 and written in Kannada language by Suri Venkataramana Shastri, the play is the first original social drama in the thousand-year history of Kannada literature.  The publication carries the full text of the play  with  an introduction by Professor Hegde.  The translation and the research into the background of the play’s author were done during Prof. Hegde’s Senior Fellowship of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

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