The shortlist for Big Little Book Awards is finally here and we are delighted to see the name of our authors (Madhuri Purandare and Rajiv Tambe) on it.
The Parag initiative of Tata Trusts, in association with Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, 2016, has announced the shortlist of authors and illustrators of children’s books for the inaugural ‘Big Little Book Award’ to be conferred in November 2016. A first of such in India, the Big Little Book Awards seeks to recognise and honour significant contribution of Indian authors and illustrators to children’s literature. With Marathi as the focus language for the author awards this year, the shortlisted authors are Madhuri Purandare and Rajiv Tambe; the illustrators awards are across all languages and the shortlisted illustrators include Proiti Roy, Nina Sabnani and Atanu Roy.
The ‘Big Little Book Award’ has been conceived to recognise authors and illustrators whose body of work connects with children, makes them laugh, encourages them to think, introduces them to new ideas and cultures, is inclusive and balances the traditional with the contemporary. In its first edition, the ‘Big Little Book Award’ sought nominations from publishers, librarians, academicians and experts.
“This is a great initiative and I am happy to be associated with it. Looking at the work of Madhuri Purandare and Rajiv Tambe was a pleasure. Both have contributed significantly to promoting Marathi children’s literature,” said Ms. Sai Paranjpye, jury member.
On Madhuri Purandare, Arvind Gupta says, “An exquisite illustrator of children’s books, Madhuri Purandare has carved a special niche for herself in the world of Marathi Children’s Books. In her books there are no sermons, no talking down to children and girls are depicted in active rather than passive roles. Radha cha Ghar has been essential reading for children for decades…She has not only written books but has also illustrated them herself.”
“Rajiv Tambe has explored a wide range of genre for children from storybooks, non-fiction, adventure stories, plays, poetry to science books, which is unusual and impressive,” said Amrita Patwardhan.
Good luck Madhuri and Rajiv!