Dabydeen wins literature prize
Stabroek News
June 8, 2004

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Guyanese writer, David Dabydeen has been awarded the 2004 Raja Rao Award for Literature.

Dabydeen, who is a Professor of Caribbean Literature at the University of Warwick, will receive his award at a ceremony slated for August at the University of Hyberabad, India.

According to a release from the Government Information Agency, the Raj Rao prize was instituted in 2000 by the Samvad India Foundation to honour and recognise writers who have made an outstanding contribution to the literature of the South Asia Diaspora.

Previous winners of the award include K.S Manian of Malaysia, Yasmine Gooneratne, of Sri Lanka, Edwin Thumboo, a Poet of Singapore.

In a release, Majorie Davies, Administrator of the Centre for Caribbean Studies noted that Raj Roa, who the award was named after, was a disciple and biographer of Mahatma Gandhi.

Dabydeen was also the recipient of the Commonwealth Poetry prize.