Hyderabad: Debarshi Mitra, a 22-year old doctoral student in Physics, has won the 9th Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize.
A jury consisting of Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and two faculty members from the English department at University of Hyderabad, Anna Kurian and Sirisha Telugu, selected Mitra from among more than 100 entries.
A doctoral student in physics, Mitra, 22, had his debut book of poems ‘Eternal Migrant’ published in May 2016 by Writers Workshop. His works have previously appeared in anthologies like Kaafiyana and in literary magazines like ‘ The Scarlet Leaf Review’, ’Thumbprint’, ‘The Punch Magazine’ , ‘The Poet Community,’ and ‘Leaves of Ink’ among others. His second collection of poems, ‘Spare Change’ is forthcoming in 2018.
The Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was instituted by the Hyderabad-based Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust to recognize excellence in poetry written in English by poets in the age group of 20-40 years. The prize is jointly administered by the Department of English, UoH.
The award, comprising a citation and cash prize of Rs.15,000 will be presented at a literary event in Hyderabad shortly.