Rajesh James, India

Country of production: India
Lanugauges: Malayalam and Urdu
Title: Vellatthinu Mukalile Thavala/ Paani Par Mendhak
Filmmaker and editor: Rajesh James
Translators: Malayalam, Jose Varghese
Hindi and Urdu, Jhilmil Breckenridge

“I was given the poem in the Malayalam and to translate that into Urdu was rather challenging. Malayalam is a highly Sanskritized language, so first, I sat with some editors and translated it into Hindi with them. Then, I translated from Hindi to Urdu. Translation is a wonderful tool that makes poetry accessible to more readers.”
Jhilmil Breckenridge