Gnosis Journal



(An International Journal of English Language and Literature)
Included in the UGC Approved List of Journals
with Journal Number 48815

Prof. P. Raja

P. Raja, a professor of English, is a fictionist, poet, playwright, translator and folklorist. His areas of specialization are Pondicherry’s history, culture, literature and religion. He lectures on these chosen areas. He has 24 books and 8 booklets in English and 7 books in Tamil. Sometime in 1988, Govt. of Korea conducted Seoul Poetry Olympiad to coincide with Seoul Olympic Games. In the anthology of prize-winning poems, 'World Poetry - 1988' only five poems represented India. Dr.P.Raja, a Professor of English Literature, Tagore Arts College, Pondicherry was one among them. Apart from contributing special articles to Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literature in English (London), Encyclopedia of Tamil Literature in English, and to several other edited volumes, he has also written scripts for Television (Delhi). He broadcasts his short stories and poems from All India Radio, Pondicherry.

Credits


a. In 1988 Korea conducted Seoul Poetry Olympiad to coincide with Seoul Olympic Games and brought out an anthology of prize winning poems – World Poetry: 1988. Only five poets from India were included in that anthology. P.Raja was one.
b. In 1988 British High Commission, British Council Division and the Poetry Society (India) conducted All India Poetry Competition. One poem of P.Raja was short listed and included in the anthology Poetry India: Voices in the Making edited by H.K.Kaul and published by Arnold Heinemann, Delhi.
c. Spindrift, a literary quarterly from USA brought out a special issue of P.Raja’s writings – Vol, No.5. Summer 1990.
d. Aristos, a literary quarterly from USA devoted its inaugural number (Summer 1991) to the creative writings of P.Raja.
e. Writer’s Lifeline, a bi-monthly from Canada, published a selection of P.Raja’s poems in its 3rd number (1987). 
f. Prophetic Voices, a literary half-yearly from USA, introduced P.Raja as a poet and short story writer to its readers by publishing a sample of his works in its 16th number.
g. “The Blood”, P.Raja’s well known short story, first published in The Heritage (India) and later reproduced in Prophetic Voices(USA) was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The story didn’t bag the prize but its mere submission is considered an honour in USA.
h. Canadian Troubadour Publishing Company, Canada brought out the best of World Poetry Written in English under the title Planetary Poetry (1993). It included only two Indian poets. P.Raja was one.
i. Chosen for distinguished standing and conferred with an honorary appointment to theResearch Board of Advisors (1999) by the American Biographical Institute.
j. Jury Member of the selection committee for the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize for the year 1999.
k. Translation Committee Member and translator of selected poems of Bharathidasan, Vanidasan, Pudhuvai Sivam and Tamizh Oli for Pondicherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture since 2000. 
l. Delivered TAGORE MEMORIAL LECTURES in Annamalai University in 2004
m. ECONOMIC TIMES (Feb.2,2004) published a Folio titled PONDICHERRY: A LEGACY in which several articles by P.Raja on Pondicherry were included.
n. THE HINDU & BUSINESS LINE brought out a 20 page pull-out on Aug.16,2004 to celebrate Pondicherry’s 50 Years of Independence. It included 39 articles of P.Raja on Pondicherry.

AWARDS & REWARDS


1987 Literary Award (Pondicherry University) 
1991 Michael Madhusudan Academy Award (Calcutta)
1996 Gold Medal and Citation (American Biographical Institute, USA) 
2002 Best Poem of the Year Award (Una Poesia Per La Vita, Italy) 
2003 Academy of Indo-Asian Literature Award (Delhi) 
2007 Nalli-Thisai-Ettum Award (Chennai)
2009 Excellence in Literature Award (Govt. of Pondicherry) 
2009 Excellence in Literature Award (Govt. of Pondicherry)
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award (International Poets Academy, Intercontinental)