Bangalore (Fides Service) – Also Kannada speaking Indians living mainly in central southern India will be able to learn more about Mother Teresa of Calcutta: on the occasion of the beatification of the white clad sister in Rome on 19 October 2003, the biography of the “Angel of the Poor” written by Navin Chawla has been translated into Kannada one of the 15 languages recognised by the Constitution of the Indian Federation. The work which has the title “Mother Teresa: a biography” published for the first time in 1996, was translated by a noted critic Seshagiri Rao and published by Sapna Book House.
The achievement was announced with satisfaction by T. N. Chaturvedi, governor of Karnataka State who praised the author Chawla, a Catholic, for “his profound cultural sensitivity and literary expertise”. Presenting the book Chawla said that he gave it to Mother to read and she approved. The book is now available in 15 languages.
Kannada is a Dravidian language spoken by Kanarese people in southern India. Its alphabet based on Brahmi, is spoken by more than 33 million people in Karnataka and Maharashtra and Andra Pradesh. PA (Fides Service 23/6/2003 EM lines 22 Words: 225)