In this edition of Hello Washington listeners asked questions on the necessity of translating Bengali literature. Our panelists were Dr. Clinton Seely, Dr. Ghulam Murshid and Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta.
Listeners were interested in finding out why Bengali literature are not translated, what are the steps taken to encourage translation etcetra.
Professor Clinton Seely, Associate Chair, South Asian Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago feels that there is definitely a need for translating Bengali books so that people in other countries can learn about Bengali culture and civilization.
Dr. Ghulam Murshid, scholar and author now residing in London, feels some of the translations that have been done are not very good and that could be the reason why they do not attract readers.
Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Head of the Department of English, Kolkata University said many books have been translated but the demand has not been created for such books.