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Remembering Sunil Gangopadhyay on his 80th birth anniversary

sunilRN Desk: Sunil Gangopadhyay, the legendary novelist and poet of Bangla literature, was recalled on his 80th birth anniversary on Sunday.

To observe the day in a befiiting manner, different socio-cultural organisations held elaborate programmes across Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.

Besides, satellite television channels of both the countries aired a set of quality programmes to pay tribute to the legendary poet and novelist.

Sunil Gangopadhyay was born in Faridpur on September 7, 1934. He studied at the Surendranath College, Dum Dum Motijheel College, City College, Kolkata – all affiliated with the University of Calcutta.

Thereafter, he obtained his master’s degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta in 1954.

He, with few of his friends, started a Bengali poetry magazine Krittibas in 1953. Later on, he wrote for different publications.

Sunil created the Bengali fictional character Kakababu and wrote a series of novels on this character which became significant in Indian children’s literature.

He received Sahitya Akademi award for his novel ‘Those Days’ in 1985. Sunil Gangopadhyay used the pen names Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak, and Nil Upadhyay.

The prolific authour married Swati Bandopadhyay on 26 February, 1967. Their only son, Souvik, who stays in Boston, was born on 20 November, 1967.

His notable works are ‘Eka Ebong Koyekjon’, ‘Hothat Nirar Janya’, ‘Bhorbelar Upohar’, ‘Atmaprakash’, ‘Chhaya Darshon’, ‘Anyo Jiboner Swad’ and ‘Kakababu’ series’.

Sunil Gangopadhyay died at his South Kolkata residence following a heart attack on 23 October, 2012 at the age of 78.

* Born: September 7, 1934, Faridpur

* Died: October 23, 2012, Kolkata

* Spouse: Swati Bandopadhyay

* Children: Souvik Gangopadhyay

* Education: Surendranath College, Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta

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