Baluta

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Author: Daya Pawar
Translated by: Jerry Pinto

9789385288203 | PB | pp.300 | 2017 | Speaking Tiger

The first Dalit autobiography to be published, Baluta caused a sensation when it first appeared, in Marathi, in 1978. This is the first time that it has been translated into English.

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The first Dalit autobiography to be published, Baluta caused a sensation when it first appeared, in Marathi, in 1978. It quickly acquired the status of a classic of modern Indian literature and was also a bestseller in Hindi and other major languages. This is the first time that it has been translated into English.

Set in Mumbai and rural Maharashtra of the 1940s and ’50s, it describes in shocking detail the practice of untouchability and caste violence. But it also speaks of the pride and courage of the Dalit community that often fought back for dignity.

Most unusually, Baluta is also a frank account of the author’s own failings and contradictions — his passions, prejudices and betrayals — as also those of some leading lights of the Dalit movement. In addition, it is a rare record of life in Maharashtra’s villages and in the slums, chawls and gambling dens of Mumbai.

Additional information

Author:

Daya Pawar
Translated by: Jerry Pinto

ISBN:

9789385288203

Publisher:

Speaking Tiger

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

300

Year of Publication:

2017

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Daya Pawar (1935-1996) was born in Dhamangaon, Maharashtra in 1935. Primarily a poet, he published his first poem in the Dalit literary journal Asmitadarsh in 1967. His first collection of poems, Kondvada, appeared in 1974 and won the Maharashtra Government Award for literature. In 1979, he won the award for the second time for Baluta. Apart from these, his published works include Chavdi and Dalit Jaanivaa – both collections of his essays on Dalit literature, culture and politics – and Vittal, a book of short stories. He also wrote the screenplay for Jabbar Patel’s film, Dr.Ambedkar. He received the Government of India’s Padma Shri Award in 1990.

Jerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai. He has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian, journalist and columnist. He is associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. His published works include a book of poems, Asylum, and Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007, and Em and the Big Hoom, winner of the Hindu Prize and the Crossword Book Award.

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