DHAKA, 23 FEBRUARY 2015 – The Dhaka Translation Center (DTC) at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has announced plans to create a “Library of Bangladesh” to make works by leading Bangladeshi writers accessible in high-quality translations. The announcement was made by Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed, founder of the Center, at a press conference held at the National Press Club earlier today.
The Center plans to launch four books at the Hay Festival Dhaka 2015: Syed Shamsul Haque’s Ditiyo Diner Kahini, Hasan Azizul Huq’s Agunpakhi, Syed Manzoorul Islam’s Dinratriguli and Salma Bani’s Vangary. The translations will be commissioned by DTC and published by Bengal Lights Books in Bangladesh as well as partners abroad. Arunava Sinha, the award-winning Bengali translator from India, will be the series editor.
Speaking at the event, DTC Director and eminent poet Kaiser Haq also added, “We are already working on an anthology of Dhaka stories with Commonwealth Foundation and Comma Press in the UK, which will showcase ten writers in translation.”
Khademul Islam, editor of Bengal Lights Books, said, “Bengal Lights and Dhaka Translation Center are committed to bringing out the best of Bangladeshi writing, both in the original English and in English translations of Bengali works, not only for readers at home, but also for the wider global audience.