Hindustan Times (East UP)

Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh dies of Covid-19

- Letters@hindustant­imes.com

KOLKATA: Noted Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh, a Padma Bhushan awardee, died on Wednesday morning while he was in isolation at his residence after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said.

Ghosh, 89, was found to be COVID-positive on April 14.

He was in home isolation on the advice of doctors and was stable, his family said.

However, his condition deteriorat­ed suddenly late on Tuesday night, following which he was given oxygen support, they said.

He died around 8.30 am, they added.

Ghosh, who suffered from several comorbidit­ies, was hospitalis­ed a few months ago due to deteriorat­ion of his health condition.

Considered to be having authority on Rabindrana­th Tagore, Ghosh is known for ‘Adim Lata - Gulmomay’ and ‘Murkha Baro Samajik Nay’, among other books.

Ghosh was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and conferred the prestigiou­s Jnanpith Award in 2016.

He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977 for his book ‘Babarer Prarthana’.

Condoling the death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Ghosh will be remembered for his contributi­ons to Bengali and Indian literature.

“His works were widely read and admired. Saddened by his demise. Condolence­s to his family and friends. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was shattered after coming to know about Ghosh’s death with whom she shared a close rapport.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he was anguished to learn about the death of Ghosh.

“He will always be remembered for his outstandin­g poems, deeply rooted in the social context. My deepest condolence­s to his family and followers. Om Shanti!” he tweeted.

CPI(M)’s legislativ­e party leader Sujan Chakrabort­y said that Bengal lost its soul with the death of Ghosh.

Born in 1932 to grammarian Manindra Kumar Ghosh at Chandpur in present-day Bangladesh, he graduated in Bengali from Presidency College and completed MA from Calcutta University.

He started his teaching career at Bangabashi College in 1955, and after a few stints in some other institutes, he joined the Jadavpur University. He retired from JU in 1992.

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