Bengali classics, encyclopaedias launched in Braille

Kolkata, June 29 (IANS) Visually impaired readers can now lay their hands on classics like Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s “Srikanta”, Ashapurna Devi’s “Kishore Galpo” or Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography after Braille editions of these timeless oeuvres were launched here Saturday.

Third Eye Charitable Trust, the force behind the initiative, has also for the first time converted five children’s encyclopaedias into DAISY format for dyslexic and blind children to enrich their knowledge.

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a complete audio substitute for print material and is specifically designed for people with “print disabilities”, including blindness, impaired vision and dyslexia.

The other books that have been converted into Braille and DAISY formats include memorable creations of Bengali poet Jibanananda Das and Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s adventures of Byomkesh Bakshi.

Mahua Seth of the trust said the organisation is working towards converting several other children classics into the formats.

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