Monday, December 22, 2008

Now, read Shakespeare in Santhali

Orissa writer translates Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes up with T-shirts & handbags to popularise Ol Chiki script

Language will no longer be a barrier for Santhalis wanting to read Midsummer Night’s Dream.
For, noted Santhal writer Biswanath Tuddu has recently translated the famous work of William Shakespeare. Tuddu spoke to The Telegraph during his visit here for the 4th International Santhal Conference at Tata auditorium.

Tuddu, who hails from Orissa, said: “It is a classic work of the great writer and I wanted people of my community, who cannot read English, to appreciate it. It took me two months to get the work translated into Santhali.”

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Shakespeare left London and stopped writing 'because he went blind' - Telegraph

Shakespeare left London and stopped writing 'because he went blind'

Rick Thomas said he thought years of writing by candlelight would have left Shakespeare struggling to see.

He has just written a play, For All Time, about why the bard left London for Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613.

It is question has vexed scholars for years.

Thomas said he had came to the conclusion out of personal experience - that writing plays for years on end had taken its toll on his vision. With the conditions Shakespeare was working under, he thought his sight would have deteriorated much faster.