January 23, 2001 New Delhi Office of Library of Congress Continues Recording
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The New Delhi Office of the Library of Congress is continuing a project to record Indian authors as a way of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Library of Congress, which occurred last year. On April 17, 2000, American Ambassador Richard Celeste hosted a reception to honor the Library's Bicentennial at his residence, where the project was launched. More than 150 guests representing the worlds of literature, academia, publishing, book distribution, and libraries attended.
Recording began in New Delhi on August 4. To date, 36 Indian authors in New Delhi, Madras and Bombay have been recorded, with further recordings to take place this month in Calcutta. Among the prominent authors included are Mulkraj Anand, Kaifi Azmi, Gangadhar Gadgil, Mangesh Padgaonkar, Nida Fazli and Arundhati Roy, Booker Prize winner. The authors recorded so far represent 13 of the languages of India, including the classical language Sanskrit. The recordings will be housed at the Library of Congress, in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, with a copy of the tapes also deposited with the Sahitya Academy in New Delhi. There are also plans to digitize excerpts of the recordings and offer them on the Library's Website at www.loc.gov, along with photographs and biographical information about the authors.