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Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri giving a lectureProfessor Sukanta Chaudhuri (1970, English) was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in July. Professor Chaudhuri is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

Professor Chaudhuri was the founding Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records, at Jadavpur University, a pioneering centre of digital humanities in India. His chief fields of study are the English and European Renaissance, translation, textual studies and digital humanities. He has held visiting appointments at many places including All Souls College, Oxford; St John’s College, Cambridge; the School of Advanced Study, London; the University of Virginia; and Loyola University, Chicago. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Shakespeare Association.

Professor Chaudhuri has translated extensively from Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sukumar Ray, Rajshekhar Bose and other classic Bengali writers, as well as many modern Bengali poets. He has also translated the complete limericks of Edward Lear into Bengali, and selections from the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci from Italian into Bengali.

In 2007, Professor Chaudhuri’s Bengali play Jaha Chai (What We Desire) was performed by the theatre group Nandikar as part of a worldwide project on “cultural mobility”, built around the idea of Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio and co-ordinated by the scholar Stephen Greenblatt and the off-Broadway dramatist Charles L. Mee.

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