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Sunetra Gupta Sahitya Akademi Award Awarded In 1996

Sunetra Gupta

Sunetra Gupta

Award Name : Sahitya Akademi Award

Year of Award : 1996

Award for : Literature

Location : Kolkata, Bengal, India


Sunetra Gupta is a novelist, and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza and bacterial meningitis. Sunetra Gupta was born in Calcutta, India, on 15 March 1965 and spent her childhood in Ethiopia and Zambia. She returned to Calcutta as a teenager and began writing, encouraged by her father who introduced her to the work of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. She studied biology at the University of Princeton and has a Ph.D. from the University of London. She is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford.

She is the author of five novels, Memories of Rain (1992), originally inspired by Brendan Kenelly's adaptation of Medea; The Glassblower's Breath (1993), about a single day in the lives of a butcher, a baker and a candle maker and the women they all love, set in Calcutta, New York and London; Moonlight into Marzipan (1995), the story of a remarkable discovery made in a crumbling garage laboratory in Calcutta; A Sin of Colour (1999), which narrates the history of three generations of a wealthy Indian family from Calcutta and won the Southern Arts Literature Prize; and her most recent book, So Good in Black (2009), which was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific research. Her novels have been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, shortlisted for the Crossword Award, and longlisted for the Orange Prize.


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