Synopsis" Who is Manmatha Nath Dutt?
This question starts haunting Bibek Debroy when he finds that name imprinted on the translations of almost all ancient texts that he too wants to translate from Sanskrit text into English. While multiple translations are not uncommon, what were the chances of two translators invariably choosing the same set of texts? It was almost like Manmatha Nath Dutt had left a trail for Bibek Debroy to follow.
And that sets off Debroy on the road to discovering more about the translator extraordinaire who had largely remained ignored so far. Gathering material and sifting through clues, following various leads and discarding some, Debroy pieces together a jigsaw puzzle to reveal a picture of the prolific translator Manmatha Nath Dutt and of nineteenth-century Calcutta. "
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About the author
Bibek Debroy is a member of Niti Aayog. ?He is an economist who has published popular articles, papers and books on economics. ?He also writes on Indology and Sanskrit. ?Penguin published Sarama and Her Children: The Dog in Indian Myth in 2008 and his translation of the Bhagavad Gita in 2006. ?Bibek Debroy was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015.