We feel very happy when people associated with children's books anywhere in the world are felicitated for their work. The joy is greater of course, when it is someone who is associated with Pratham Books! Ms.Janaki Rani Turaga, one of our Telugu translators, was honoured with the title Balasaahitya Ratna by the Bala Sahitya Parishat in Hyderabad in June 2011.The 60-yr-old organisation had invited authors of children's books from different districts and the gathering in Hyderabad was impressive.
Dr Muktevi Bharati, author of 60 books and twice Telugu University award-winner, presided. Prof I V Chalapathi Rao, doyen of Indian literature and visiting faculty at University of Hyderabad, and editor, 'Triveni', was the chief guest and he released the three books published by Pratham Books, and translated by Janaki -- The Timid Train, Ambili, and a two-book set of Gijubhai's Gujarati Folktales.
Janaki Rani, affectionately known as Radio Akkaiyah by hundreds of old-time radio listeners, has produced many interesting programmes for All India Radio including many for children, with special emphasis on music, and for women and the aged. She has also translated some stories of J.B. Priestley and O’Henry. Her books include Erragulabeelu, Janaki Rani Kathalu, Maa Taatayya Chalam, Navvani Puvvu, Ee Desam Oka Himalayam.
We wish Janaki good health, happiness and look forward to seeing more of her work. Congratulations, Janaki!