by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Shankha Ghosh, a celebrated Bengali poet, has died after he contacted the novel coronavirus. He was 89.
Ghosh, a literary heir to Rabindranath Tagore and Jibanananda Das, breathed his last at a hospital in Kolkata, the capital of Indian state of West Bengal.
Indian media reported that he had contacted the Covid-19 beside his suffering from age-related complicacies. He was tested positive for the virus on April 14.
Chitta Priya Ghosh, who was known as Shankha Ghosh, is a recipient of the coveted Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awards. His poems are equally popular in Bangladesh and India.
Born on February 5, 1932 in Bangladesh’s Chandpur, Ghosh grew up in northern Pabna district, at his father’s work place, and did his matriculation there. He was graduated in Bangla literature from Presidency college in 1951 and then did his master’s degree at Calcutta University.
He retired as a teacher in 1992 at Jadavpur University. He also taught at Bangavashi College, Delhi University and Visva Bharati among others.
Ghosh received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977 for Babar-er Prarthana and then he was honoured with same award in 1999 for his contribution in literature.
He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award in 2011.