Renowned Bengali poet Sankha Ghosh, widely known by his pen name Kuntak, died at his home in Kolkata, India on Wednesday morning. He was 89.
Ghosh passed away around 11:30am on Wednesday, barely a week after contracting coronavirus, his family said. The poet was in home isolation since April 14 when he tested positive for Covid-19. He was put on life support on Monday after his condition worsened.
In fact, the eminent poet had been suffering from age-related ailments for a while. In January this year, he was briefly hospitalised.
Born at Chandpur on February 5, 1932 in present-day Bangladesh and brought up in Pabna, Sankha Ghosh’s ancestral home was in Barishal. He belonged to the era of Bengali poets after Jibanananda Das.
The prolific poet, who studied in Kolkata’s prestigious Presidency College and completed his master’s degree in Bangla from Calcutta University in 1954, also taught at many universities, including Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Delhi University and Visva Bharati.
Sankha Ghosh’s literary works include Dinguli Raatguli, Babarer Prarthana, Mukh Dheke Jaay Biggapane, Gandharb Kabitaguchchha, Ocampo-r Rabindranath, Shabda Ar Satya, Urbashir Hasi, Ekhan Sob Alik, Dhum Legechhe Hridkomole, Murkha Boro Samajik Noy, Sandhyanadir Jole: Bangladesh and others.
He received several coveted awards — Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awards to name a few. In 2011, Ghosh was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India.
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