The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Literary Club
ASM LitClub (Online) Programme Anchored by the book
“The Ant who Swallowed the Sun - The Abhangs of the Marathi Women Saints”,
translated by Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto
on Wednesday, 10th February 2021 5.30 – 7.30 p.m.

The Literary Club of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai is delighted to invite you to an Online programme based on the book “The Ant who swallowed the Sun”; the Abhangs of the Marathi Women Saints”, translated by Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto. Neela Bhagwat will sing some of the Abhangs, accompanied on the tabla by Sandeep Pawar. Author Jerry Pinto will read the English versions. Neela Bhagwat and Jerry Pinto have translated selections of the poetry of ten women Bhakti poets from Maharashtra. The Ant Who Swallowed the Sun has already been lauded as a "splendid achievement" by Ranjit Hoskote.
Neela Bhagwat is a renowned exponent of the Gwalior gharana. With her background of Masters in Marathi, she has been engaged in composing khayals based on her own experiences as well as social concerns.
Jerry Pinto has translated several books from Marathi including the seminal Dalit autobiography, Baluta by Daya Pawar; When I Hid My Caste and other Stories by Baburao Bagul and Strike a Blow to Change the World by Eknath Awad. He is on the board of MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights and teaches at the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic.
Tabla player Sandeep Pawar is a disciple of Pt. Arvind Molgaonkar. He has accompanied many vocalists and is an acclaimed soloist.
We look forward to your participation in the 111th birth anniversary of author Durga Bhagwat. This promises to be a unique, milestone event in our cultural history. It will enchant our poetry and music lovers and those interested in Bhakti Literature. Please be there.

- Dr Usha R. Vijailakshmi, Officiating Hon. Secretary
- Meenal Kshirsagar, Chairperson - ASM LitClub

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