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Attempts to create an Indian PEN Centre began as early as 1925. John Galsworthy, the founder-president of PEN International had persuaded Rabindranath Tagore to become an honorary member of the organization from its founding in 1921. In 1931, an Indian Centre was proposed, with Sarojini Naidu as its head but, it was only a few years later, in 1934, that the Colombian-born Sophia Wadia got the Centre off the ground.

Centre indien

Les premières tentatives visant à créer un Centre PEN indien ont vu le jour dès 1925 (Bird, 2017). John Galsworthy, le premier président de PEN International, avait persuadé Rabindranath Tagore de devenir membre honoraire de l’organisation dès sa fondation en 1921. En 1931, un Centre indien a été proposé, dont Sarojini Naidu devait prendre la direction, mais c’est Sophia Wadia, d’origine colombienne, qui a fait démarrer le Centre quelques années plus tard, en 1934.

Centro de India

Los primeros intentos de crear un Centro PEN en la India datan de 19251. John Galsworthy, primer Presidente de PEN Internacional, había persuadido a Rabindranath Tagore para que fuera socio honorario de la organización desde su fundación en 1921. En 1931, se propuso la creación de un Centro Indio con Sarojini Naidu en su dirección, pero sería Sophia Wadia, colombiana de nacimiento, quien puso en marcha el Centro unos años más tarde, en 1934.

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1 The All-India Centre’s typewriter

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2 1962 Mysore Conference

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3 Shelving and Sophia Wadia

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4 The All India Centre’s emergency resolution

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5 Dehli Centre celebrates Sophia Wadia

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6 First edition of The Indian P.E.N.

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7 1962 Mysore Conference Audience

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8 Archived copies of The Indian P.E.N.

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9 The All-India Centre’s first meeting

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10 Free Speech article in The Indian P.E.N.

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11 The All-India Centre’s offices

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12 The All-India Centre’s Archives

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13 Resolution published during ‘The Emergency’

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