On Thursday, September 28, 2017 as part of the 41st annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan, author and mridangam virtuoso Douglas Knight ’70 discussed Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life – one book in three editions, for three audiences. The book has appeared in three different editions: an American edition published by Wesleyan University Press in 2010; an English language edition published in India by Westland Books in 2011; and a Tamil translation published by Cre-A Publishers in May 2017. Each edition was intended for a distinct readership, and elicited different responses. He reflected on how the writing, editing, and publishing of these three editions transformed his understanding of the significance of Bala’s story as it “came home.”
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