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FB Live | “Many Tamil Words Don’t Translate Well”: Perumal Murugan

While Murugan answered questions in Tamil, Safvi read out lines in Urdu and Debroy spoke of the beauty of Sanskrit.

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Perumal Murugan, Bibek Debroy, Rana Safvi and Kannan Sundaram discussed translations, in a riveting session moderated by author Namita Gokhale.
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The fifth and penultimate night of ‘Penguin Spring Fever’ saw a meet-and-greet of some of the best minds in literary translations in the country. During a session aptly titled ‘The Line of Beauty’, Perumal Murugan, Bibek Debroy, Rana Safvi and Kannan Sundaram came together to discuss the various languages they have been writing and translating in – moderated by author Namita Gokhale.

While Murugan answered all questions in Tamil, Safvi read out lines she’d written in Urdu, and Debroy elaborated on the richness of Sanskrit shlokas – making it a gorgeously diverse melting-pot of an evening!

Watch this FB Live to hear more of their conversation.

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