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KOLKATA: Famous poet, literary critic and social activist Shankha Ghosh died of Covid on the age of 89 at his residence on Wednesday morning. He was in isolation at his residence after he examined Covid-19 constructive on April 14.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in her condolence message to the household mentioned, “I’m deeply mourned on the loss of life of famous poet, literary critic and an authority in Rabindranath Tagore, Shankha Ghosh. ‘Shankha Babu’ has taught in universities like Jadavpur, Delhi and Viswa Bharati … I had an excellent relationship with ‘Shankha Babu’. His loss of life is a big loss on the earth of literature. I specific my heartfelt condolences for his members of the family.”
Sources within the well being division mentioned that Shankha Ghosh was suggested residence isolation after he was identified with Covid-19 on April 14. He had a number of comorbidities, together with sugar and hypertension and was admitted to hospital a couple of days again resulting from his deteriorating well being situation. Ghosh is survived by his daughters Semanti and Srabanti, and spouse Pratima.
Born in Chandpur (now in Bangladesh) on February 6, 1932, Shankha Ghosh did his BA in Bangla language and literature at Presidency College, Calcutta (now Kolkata) and subsequently obtained his Master’s diploma from Calcutta University. He taught at varied faculties affiliated with the Calcutta University for a few years and later moved to Jadavpur University, retiring from there in 1992. In between, he had hung out on the Iowa Writers Workshop, the US (1967-68), Delhi University, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and Viswa Bharati. He is extensively thought of to be an authority on Rabindranath Tagore and has been a prolific poet and critic. His books embody “Adim Lata-Gulmomay” (Ancient vines and timber), “Murkha Baro”, “Samajik Nay” (A idiot, not social), “Kabir Abhipray” (The poet’s intention) and “Babarer Prarthana” (Babar’s prayer).
Ghosh, identified for being vocal on varied social and political points, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and conferred the celebrated Jnanpith Award in 2016. He obtained the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977 for his ebook ‘Babarer Prarthana’. His works have been translated into a number of languages, together with English and Hindi. He has maybe been one of many uncommon intelligentsias who has not compromised his moral and philosophical being on the platforms of political ideology and that’s properly expressed in his reactions to the political motion of the state. The man who resigned from ‘Bangla Academy’ protesting in opposition to the killings of Nandigram by the then Left Front Government and supported Mamata Banerjee’s struggle for preservation of agricultural land in 2007 educated his gun in opposition to the Trinamool congress authorities in 2018.
In one of many couplets of ‘Mukto Ganatantra’ says: “Dekho khule tin nayan, rasta jure kharag haat e dariye ache unnayan (open your three eyes and look, improvement is obstructing the street with a weapon). The line refers to one in all Mondal’s controversial speeches in the course of the nomination part when he had remarked that the Opposition had didn’t submit their nomination varieties as a result of ‘unnayan’ (improvement) stood on the streets. The strains sparked controversy and he was criticised brutally by the social gathering management however this undeterred poet stood by what he wrote.
In the world of Bangla literature, Shankha Ghosh’s persona is shrouded by a mystique due to the gravitas that he exudes and the creativity and depth that his poetry and considerate prose include. His writings are stuffed with properly thought out and splendidly articulated concepts in addition to social stances, however he has not allowed himself to be straitjacketed inside the confines of 1 single political ideology or social philosophy. That’s why, when on uncommon events he speaks, Bangla literary world in West Bengal and Bangladesh listens to him with awe and respect.
He is a person who has been properly described in a poem by a younger Bengali poet Sirjata’. He says – ‘Tumio Manus, Amio Manus/ Tafat sudhu Sirdarai (You are additionally human being, I’m additionally human being/ Difference is just within the spinal twine).

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