PROFILE

Ranjita Biswas

CF 11, Sector I, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700064, India

Phone: +91 (33) 23582475/ 23374664. Mobile : +91 98300 13466

e-mail: biswas.ranjita@gmail.com, ranjita@vsnl.com,  ranjeeta09@yahoo.com

Website: www.ranjitabiswas.com

 

Occupation: Journalist, researcher, fiction writer, translator of fiction.

Main areas of writing: Travel, Films, Arts & Culture Women and gender issues, Health, Development issues, Environment, Travel, Films, Arts & Culture.

Education: Post Graduate in English literature.

Regional languages fluent in, both written and oral: Assamese, Bengali.

Foreign language: Spanish (Second Level)

At present:

Editor, Trans World Features, Kolkata

Work history:

  • Translator cum writer of features for the American Center, Kolkata (1974-77)
  • Sub-Editor, News Star, Guwahati, Assam (1982-83)
  • Correspondent, FEMINA, of the Times of  India group (1983-88)
  • Feature Editor, The Financial Express, Kolkata (Indian Express group) (1991-94)
  • Senior Sub-Editor (Features) with The Telegraph (ABP Group), Kolkata (1994-97)

Contributor presently to:

  • The Telegraph , Kolkata
  • Inter Press Service (IPS), Rome
  • Deccan Herald, Bangalore
  • The Hindu, Chennai
  • The Tribune, Chandigarh
  • Women’s Feature Service, New Delhi
  • Travel magazines
  • Film websites and magazines

     Also, contributor  to vernacular (Assamese) publications in Assam.

Creative writing:

Published books: 

  • Brahmaputra and  the Assam Valley. Niyogi Books, New Delhi (2013)
  • Folk Tales from Assam, Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh   (retold stories from folk tradition of North East India): DC Books, Kerala, 2014               
  • As the River flows: (Short story compilation, translation). HarperCollins, India (2012)
  • Dawn:( Novel, translation),  Zubaan, New Delhi, (2004) 
  • Pita –Putra (Father and Son: novel, translation) National Book Trust, India, 1999
  • Fetters: (translation, short stories )m Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi ,  1997 & 2012

Books under production:

  • Written with Tears (tentative title): Translation: Harper Collins
  • Music of the Hills:  Fiction for Young Adults, National Book Trust .

Others

  • Second Prize: Short story competition conducted by British Council, Kolkata (2009)
  • KATHA Prize  winner, 2000. Felicitated at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Short Story, New Delhi (December, 2000).
  • Presentation ``English and Translation in Multilingual Society’’ at the All India Seminar on English literature, Lucknow  (1998) organized by the British council Division, New Delhi, to commemorate India’s 50 years of Independence.
  • First Prize winner  in the translation competition organized by KATHA, and The British Council Division, New Delhi (Book ``Visions-Revisions’’, 1995).
  • Prize winner for children’s fiction competition  several times organized by the India Book House, Mumbai.
  • Member, FIPRESCI,  international organization of film journalists.

Served  as FIPRESCI Jury member in Mumbai International Film Festival (2001) and Toronto International Film Festival (2008).

Also,

  • Jury member, Indian film section, Bangalore International Film Festival, 2013
  • Fipresci Jury member , 33rd Toronto International film Festival, 2008
  • Fipresci Jury Member,  4th International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2001.

Achievements:

  • The Laadli Media Award (2011-2012) for Gender Sensitivity, Eastern Region, (Print)
  • Media scholar, International AIDs Conference, Rome July, 2011
  • Media Scholarship, Buenos Aires, January, 2010
  • SIDA Fellowship for training on “LGBT & Human Rights” conducted by RFSU, Stockholm (November 10-28, 2009)
  • Selected by the International Women's Media Foundation, USA,  to participate in 10-day capacity-building workshop on AIDS, including reporting from the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS (June 4-13, 2008).
  • Full Scholarship, (Media ) recipient to attend 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) , Colombo (19-24 August, 2007)
  • Certificate “The Regional Institute on Sexuality: Sexuality, Society and Culture” (New Delhi, September 15-22, 2004) organized by  TARSHI (The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality).
  • Certificate  of Completion, “Gender and Conflict Transformation” online Course, The Network University, Amsterdam, July-August, 2003. (EU scholarship).
  • · Selected for workshop on “The use of  ICTS for reporting on the Science of  HIV/AIDS”  by SciDev.Net, UK, and UNESCO for women communicators  in South East Asia ( 5-12 November, 2003, in Chennai) 
  • Full Scholarship recipient, the XIV International AIDS Conference,  Barcelona, (7-12 July, 2002). Presentation: ``Vernacular media for better dissemination of knowledge on HIV/AIDS.’’ Also, registered as media delegate for reporting.
  • Media delegate to the Sixth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Melbourne, (5-10 October, 2001).
  • Delegate-presenter at the 6th Women in Asia Conference, Canberra, (23-27 September, 2001) Paper:  ``Urban Indian Working Women: Changing Attitude.’’ 
  • Also moderator for the session on ``Women under  Conflict Situations.’’
  • Jury Member,  4th International Film Festival, Bombay, 2001.
  • Presenter  delegate, the International Conference of the West Bengal Sexual Health Project on HIV/AIDS, 1997.
  • Recipient of The Indian Fellowship from the Panos Institute (London) on project ``Social Development: Looking Beyond the Cliches”. The analytical report on landless labourers, both men and women,  appears in the publication ``Let the Dawn Come.’’ (Panos, 1995).