Award Name : Sahitya Akademi Award
Year of Award : 2010
Award for : Literature
Location : Ahmedabad, Gujarāt, India
Esther David is a Indian Jewish author, an artist and a sculptor. She was born into a Bene Israel Jewish family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She completed her schooling in Ahmedabad and graduated in Fine Arts and Art History from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. It was during this time when she met Sankho Chaudhary, a renowned sculptor, who taught her sculpture and Art History. After graduation she started her career as a professor in art history and art appreciation in Ahmedabad. She has also worked as a faculty in Sheth C.N. Fine Art, CEPT University and NIFT. She won Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for The Book of Rachel. As a writer, she started writing articles related to art. Very soon she became an art critic in Times of India and later began to write columns for Femina, a women’s magazine. Her first book, The Walled City was published in 1997. Shalom India Housing Society published in 2007 received positive response from critics. In 2010, she won Sahitya Akademi Award for - The Book of Rachel.
Her first book, The Walled City was published in 1997. By the Sabarmati, The Man with Enormous Wings, The Book of Esther, My father’s zoo, Shalom India Housing Society and Sari Sutra are other published books of David. She has also edited a few books and has contributed a short story named The Worry Box and The Laughing Lady, for an anthology, 'City Stories’ and 'Nanki Chirai' in ‘Growing Up as a Woman Writer’. A web based audio-visual books for children - Gattu's Wildlife Adventures is another contribution of this noted writer.