Karnad takes on Naipaul, calls him 'tone-deaf'
Veteran actor and contemporary writer Girish Karnad on Saturday poked fun at Nobel laureate and India-origin author V.S. Naipaul, and called him a 'tone-deaf'.
"Mr. Naipaul has written three books on India, three very big books and if you read them you will find that not one of them contains any reference to music. He has gone through the whole of India without responding to Indian music. Now, I think that only means that he is tone-deaf," said Karnad, while addressing the gathering at the Mumbai Literature Festival.
"And that's my reading of the situation, but then there is no reason why he shouldn't be 'tone-deaf' it's a constitutional right we all have," he added.
Karnad further said that Naipaul has no conception of how the Muslims contributed to the Indian history.
"If you have to understand Indian culture...you have to know music. If you don't know music you cannot understand this. And I think this is one problem of Mr. Naipaul's analysis of Indian culture. He has no music and therefore no conception of how the Muslims contributed to our history," he added.
V. S. Naipaul is an Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Trinidadian heritage of Bhumihar Brahmin known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire's colonialism. He has also written works of non-fiction, such as travel writing and essays.
In 2001, Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He has been awarded numerous other literary prizes, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1958), the Somerset Maugham Award (1960), the Hawthornden Prize (1964), the WH Smith Literary Award (1968), the Booker Prize (1971), the Jerusalem Prize (1983) and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature (1993).
J. M. Coetzee, writing in The New York Review of Books in 2001, described Naipaul as 'a master of modern English prose'. In 2008, The Times ranked Naipaul seventh on their list of 'the 50 greatest British writers since 1945'.