Sunil Gangopadhyay dies

Ref: Sunil Gangopadhyay, famous Bengali writer, passed away at the age of 78 in the early hours of Tuesday.

Indian media reported that Sunil breathed his last at his residence in Kolkata around 2am and that he was suffering from various ailments for quite a while.

Sunil – a poet, novelist, short-story writer, journalist and columnist – was born in Bangladesh’s Faridpur district on Sep 7, 1934. He left for Kolkata along with his family at the age of four and did his masters from Kolkata University in 1954.

A year before finishing his studies, Sunil started editing a publication on poetry, Krittibash. His first poetry collection, ‘Eka O Koyekjon’, hit the stalls in 1958 and his first novel, ‘Atmaprakash’ followed after eight years.

Sunil also wrote under the pen names Nillohit, Shonatan Pathok, Nil Upaddhyay. He also held offices as presidents of India’s national literary organisation Shahitya Academy and the Paschimbanga Shishu Kishore Academy.

His mentionable works are ‘Ami kirokombhabe beche achhi’, ‘Jugalbandi’, ‘Hotat Nirar Jonnye’, ‘Ordhek Jibon’, ‘Arannyar Dinratri’, ‘Prothom Alo’, ‘Shei Shomoy’, ‘Purba Poshchim’ and Moner Manush.

Film maestro Satyajit Ray made films based on Sunil’s Arannyar Dinratri and Protiddondi, while Goutam Ghosh adapted for the screen his novel on Fakir Lalon Shah, Moner Manush. Other film-makers have adapted many of his works.

He was awarded the Ananda Puroshkar in 1972, Shahittya Academy Puroshkar, 1985, and The Hindu Literary Award in 2011 for his contributions in the literary arena.

Sunil married Swati Bandopaddhyay in 1967 and fathered one son, Shouvik Gangopadhyay.

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