During its session of 13 June 2014, members of the French Academy (Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) have unanimously awarded the prestigious Prix Hirayama to Paris-based Indian scholar Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee for his recent publications in French: (1) Les racines intellectuelles du mouvement d’independance de l’Inde (1893-1918), Codex Publishers, 2010; (2) Le Spontane : reflection on the Sahaja yana cult through Charya and Bâul Songs, Almora Publishers, 2014; (3) A Shade Sharp, a Shade Flat : trilingual anthology with introduction, notes and 108 poems by Rabindranath Tagore, Shahitya Prakash, Dhaka, 2013.
The Report further stresses that the above-mentioned second book “on the freedom movement received the warmest welcome. Next were the Baul songs… But the pre-Gandhian freedom movement in India was altogether new to them [members of the Academy] and probably for that reason that they paid a greater attention.”
In 2012 the Academy awarded this prize to an illustrated French edition of the Indian epic, Ramayana.
We take the opportunity to congratulate Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee for this prestigious award.
With warm regards,