Indian writer Anuradha Roy on January 16, 2016 won the prestigious $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel 'Sleeping on Jupiter', which deals with violence against women at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Roy was awarded the prize and a unique trophy by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a glittering ceremony in Colombo.
The six shortlisted authors in contention for the prestigious prize were-
• UK-based Indian-origin author Akhil Sharma for "Family Life"
• KR Meera's "Hangwoman" (Translated by Devika)
• Mirza Waheed's "The Book of Gold Leaves"
• Neel Mukherjee's "The Lives of Others"
• Raj Kamal Jha: She Will Build Him A City
About Anuradha Roy-
• Anuradha Roy is an award-winning Indian novelist, journalist and editor.
• She did her schooling at South Point School, Kolkata followed by St Thomas School, Kidderpore.
• She studied English Literature at Presidency College, Calcutta and Cambridge University and is co-founder of Permanent Black, a publishing house started in 2000.
• Her first novel, 'An Atlas of Impossible Longing' has been translated into 15 languages across the world.
About DSC Prize for South Asian Literature-
• It is a literary prize awarded annually to writers of any nationality or ethnicity writing about South Asia on themes such as culture, history, politics or people.
• The prize was instituted by DSC Limited, an Indian infrastructure and construction company
• The winner of the prize receives 2800000 rupees (about $50000).