Esther David
Born (1945-03-17) 17 March 1945 (age 77)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
OccupationAuthor, artist, sculptor
Alma materMaharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
GenreFiction, anthropology
Notable worksBook of Rachel
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award 2010

Esther David (born 17 March 1945) is an Indian Jewish author, an artist and a sculptor.[1] She is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Early life

She was born into a Bene Israel Jewish family[2] in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[3] She won Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for The Book of Rachel.[4]

Her father, Reuben David, was a hunter-turned-veterinarian, who founded the Kamala Nehru Zoological Garden and Balvatika near Kankaria lake in Ahmedabad.[5] Her mother, Sarah, was a school teacher.[6]

After her schooling in Ahmedabad, She was at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, as a student of Fine Arts and Art History. There she met Sankho Chaudhary, a sculptor, who taught her sculpture and Art History.[4] After her graduation she returned to Ahmedabad and started her career as a professor in art history and art appreciation. She taught at the Sheth Chimanlal Nagindas Fine Arts College, CEPT University and NIFT.

She started writing about art and became the Times of India art critic, a national English daily. Later she became a columnist for Femina, a women's magazine, the "Times of India" and other leading national dallies. She is an advisory editor of Eve Times, Ahmedabad.[7] She has written several books. She had edited and contributed in some books also.[8] Her books are related to Bene Israel Jews in Ahmedabad.[4]

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) featured Shalom India Housing Society in the Hasassah-Brandeis 2010–2011 calendar, which highlights 12 Jewish women authors across the world whose "writing illuminates a particular city". The title of the calendar was Jewish Women Writers and the Cities that Influence Them.[9]



Awards and recognition

See also


  1. ^ Weil, Shalva. 2008 'Esther David: The Bene Israel Novelist who Grew Up with a Tiger' in David Shulman and Shalva Weil (eds) Karmic Passages: Israeli Scholarship on India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 232–253.
  2. ^ Weil, Shalva. 2012 "The Bene Israel Indian Jewish Family in Transnational Context", Journal of Comparative Family Studies 43 (1): 71–80
  3. ^ Paniker, Shruti PanikerShruti (14 February 2016). "Come, visit my city". Ahmedabad Mirror. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "City-based author wins Sahitya Akademi award". 22 December 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  5. ^ Roland, Joan. 2009. "The Contributions of the Jews of India" in (ed) Shalva Weil India's Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art and Life-Cycle, Mumbai: Marg Publications [first published in 2002; 3rd edn.].
  6. ^ a b "My Father's Zoo | Esther David | ISBN".
  7. ^ "Esther David Official". Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  8. ^ David, Esther. 2009. "Sari-Sutra: Bene Israel Costumes" in (ed) Shalva Weil India's Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art and Life-Cycle, Mumbai: Marg Publications [first published in 2002; 3rd edn.].
  9. ^ "Esther David, Ahmedabad in US calendar on Jewish women writers". The Times of India. 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Esther David Books". Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2012. For a review, please refer to: Weil, Shalva. 2003 The Book of Esther by Esther David, reviewed in Biblio: A Review of Books, New Delhi: Manohar, p. 26.
  11. ^ David, Esther (April 2009). Shalom India Housing Society. ISBN 9781558616455. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  12. ^ David, Esther (June 2008). One Church, One All Jewish Faith, One God. ISBN 9781595269775. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  13. ^ David, Esther (2010). The Man with Enormous Wings. ISBN 9780143066927. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Bombay Brides".
  15. ^ Weil, Shalva. 2009 'The Heritage and Legacy of Indian Jews' in Shalva Weil (ed.) India's Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art and Life-Cycle, Mumbai: Marg Publications [first published in 2002; 3rd edn.], pp. 8–21.
  16. ^ "Historique des bénéficiaires". Bienvenue sur le site de la maison des écrivains et de la littérature.
  17. ^ "Esther David". Meeting Saint Nazaire.
  18. ^ "They are not on facebook". India Today. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  19. ^ "HBI Research Awards 2011" (PDF). Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
  20. ^ "HBI Research Awards 2016" (PDF). Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

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