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Chris Raja Chris Raja i(A73641 works by) (a.k.a. Christopher Raja; Christopher David Raja)
Born: Established: Calcutta,
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India,
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South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1986
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BiographyHistory

Chris Raja came to Australia from Calcutta with his family at the age of eleven and lives in Alice Springs. He holds a BA (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne. Raja has taught in schools in Melbourne and in the Alice Springs area.

His writing has been broadcast on ABC Radio National and has appeared in The Age, Alice Springs News, Resident Magazine, Photofile Magazine, Meanjin, Quadrant, Southerly, Art Monthly Australia and Fishtails in the Dust : An Anthology of Central Australian Writing. In 2008 he was awarded a LongLines Reading and Consultation at Varuna.

Since October 2010 Chris has been the Northern Territory correspondent for Art Monthly Australia. In 2011, he taught English and History at St Philips College, Alice Springs.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Fellowship Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $35,000.00
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Emerging Writers Young adult literature (for 12 to 18 years)

Awards for Works

The Burning Elephant 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'The Burning Elephant is set in Kolkata before and after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, which led to widespread violence against India’s Sikh population. The novel is told from the point of view of a young boy Govinda, whose father is the headmaster of a local school. It begins with the intrusion into the schoolyard of an elephant that has escaped from its owner, and is seen as such a danger that he is immediately shot, then burnt by the police. This outbreak of violence in the idyllic world of childhood sets the tone for the novel as a whole, which gives the innocent yet knowing perspectives of Govinda in his engagement with the crowded and complex life of Serpent Lane outside the school, his awareness of the breakdown of the relationship between his parents, his sense that his own privileged life is under threat. The way the tensions in his family are rendered against the backdrop of the larger social tensions in India, while at the same time maintaining Govinda’s child-like point of view, is particularly compelling. It is the outbreak of violence after Indira Gandhi’s death which finally causes Govinda’s father to migrate to Australia – and it is the implicit lesson of this novel, never spelt out, but felt throughout, that such horror is often a central fact of migration to this country.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Territory Read Award Chief Minister's Book of the Year
The First Garden 2012 single work drama

'The First Garden tells the story of Olive Pink—a trailblazing Aboriginal land rights activist and environmentalist. Ridiculed by her peers and shunned by the Alice Springs community for espousing ideals that were considered to be outlandish she was viewed as a public nuisance, to be barely tolerated. However, due to her vigor and vision the Olive Pink Botanical Garden was established in Alice Springs.

The First Garden also touches on key narratives in modern Australian identity, seamlessly incorporating Aboriginal rights, environmentalism, the Gallipoli legend and feminism into its gentle rhythmic tone. This reflects a maturation of our society, where we are prepared not only to acknowledge but also to reconcile.' Source: http://www.currency.com.au (Sighted 14/09/2012).

2014 shortlisted Northern Territory Literary Awards Chief Minister's Book of the Year Award
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