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‘Phool Bahadur’ – The First Magahi Novel in English

The Dibrugarh University International Literary Festival held on 19-21 March 2024 witnessed the launch of a remarkable literary work – the English translation of the first Magahi novel, ‘Phool Bahadur’. The translation was done by Abhay K, a renowned writer from Nalanda, Bihar.

The Novel’s Origin

‘Phool Bahadur’ was originally written by Jayanath Pati and published in 1928. Despite being the first Magahi novel, it failed to gain much popularity among readers initially. However, it has now been rediscovered and is gaining fame thanks to Abhay K’s English translation. The translator stumbled upon this literary gem while editing ‘The Book of Bihari Literature’.

A Delightful Tale from Bihar

Published by Penguin Random House India, ‘Phool Bahadur’ is a delightful novel set in the town of Biharsharif in Nalanda district of Bihar. The story revolves around the ambitious Mukhtar Samlal, and explores the harmonious yet exploitative relationships between a Nawab, a courtesan, and a circle officer. Each character tries to manipulate the others, with Mukhtar’s sole goal being to acquire the title of Rai Bahadur.

The Translator: Abhay K

Abhay K, the translator of ‘Phool Bahadur’, is a multitalented writer from Nalanda, Bihar. He is a poet, editor, translator, and author of numerous poetry collections. His poems have been featured in over 100 literary journals, including Poetry Salzberg Review and Asia Literary Review.

Abhay’s ‘Earth Anthem’ has been translated into more than 150 languages, and his upcoming book ‘Nalanda’ will be published by Penguin Random House in 2025.

Accolades and Honors

Abhay K’s literary achievements have been widely recognized. He received the KLF Poetry Book of the Year Award (2020-21) for translating Kalidasa’s Meghdoot and Ritusamhar from Sanskrit. In 2013, he was awarded the SAARC Literary Award.

Additionally, Abhay was invited to record her poems at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC in 2018, a testament to his exceptional literary talent.

The launch of ‘Phool Bahadur’ at the Dibrugarh University International Literary Festival was attended by esteemed literary figures, including Jnanpith Awardee Damodar Mauzo, Professor Rita Kothari, Dr. AJ Thomas, Chuden Kabimo, and writers and guests from many countries. This event celebrated the rich literary heritage of Bihar and the efforts of translators like Abhay K in preserving and promoting regional literature on a global stage.


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