US Based Indian poet Ranjani Murali was recently awarded the “Woman’s Voice Award” at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF). The main Objective of the award is to recognize and encourage creative writing by women in India. The award carried a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh along with a citation.
Murali's first book of poems 'Blind Screens' was published in July 2017 while her second book of poems 'Clearly you are ESL' had earlier won 'The Great Indian Poetry Collectives (GIPCs) Editors Choice award. Ranjani Murali’s second book “Clearly you are ESL” won the Great Indian Poetry Collectives (GIPCs) Editor’s Choice award.
Importantly, the Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award popularly known as Woman’s Voice Award aims to recognize and encourage creative writing by women in India, to help build a network of women writers across India by creating a forum for their work, and to support the publication of new creative writing by women in India. Also, the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) was the first literary festival of India. It is also the only literary Festival to be driven by a bookstore and it celebrates books, music, art, film. AKLF d explores literature as part of our tangible and intangible heritage.