Nabina Das to enter Sangam House
Popular writer from Guwahati Nabina Das is one of the residents of Sangam House 2012. She is among 18 writers from various parts of the world selected for the residency programme this year.
Sangam, in Sanskrit, stands for confluence. As the name indicates, the intention of Sangam House is to bring together writers from around the world to live and work in a safe, peaceful setting, a space made necessary on many levels by the world we now live in. The residency programs are designed for writers who have published to some acclaim but not yet enjoyed substantial commercial success. Sangam House seeks to give writers a chance to build a substantial and influential network of personal and professional relationships that can deepen their own work, in effect, expanding and diversifying literature. “We understand that literature can and must remain a thriving force of illumination for our times,” the programme curators say.
Assembling writers from various cultural backgrounds broadens the scope of each individual’s work. Exposure to regional and national trends in literature, to multiple political and economic obstacles and varied social and cultural milieus enhances each writer’s understanding of his/her work, as well as his/her own notions of identity and home. Recognizing the dearth of such opportunities in South Asia, Sangam House strives to encourage the work of those writing in all langauges, regional and dominant. Such a unique environment enriches the work of its participants and the texture of international literature.
The Sangam House program also facilitates interaction between the visiting writers and the local communities. Cultivating such an intersection infuses the local communities with inspirations and new ideas, while allowing each participating writer to deepen his or her understanding of the diverse emotional and social climates in which literature is conceived and received.
Another writer born and brought up in Guwahati but who is now settled in Delhi, Nitoo Das, will also be part of the residency program.
First published on January 14