Poet Sankh Ghosh, a leading figure in modern Bengali poetry, was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s highest state honor. The poet died at his residence in Kolkata on Wednesday after being attacked by a corona. He was 69 years old at the time of his death. He was one of the five Pandavas of Bengali poetry after Jibanananda. Before him, four other poets of Panchpandab, Shakti-Sunil-Utpal and Binoy, crossed the path of eternity.
It is known that he was suffering from old age problem for a long time. He was diagnosed with corona positive on the afternoon of April 14 last week due to fever. Kavid was at home without taking any risks after catching the infection. But on Tuesday night his physical condition suddenly began to deteriorate. An attempt was made to put him on a ventilator on Wednesday morning. But all the efforts of the doctors failed and he left forever. The late poet’s wife, a daughter and son-in-law have also been affected by Corona As a result, many people gathered at the residence premises after receiving the news of the poet’s death, but all of them were requested to abide by the Kavid rules on behalf of Shankha Ghosh’s family. As a result, everyone has to pay their last respects to the late poet from afar Shankha Ghosh’s last rites were performed at noon on that day at Nimatala Mahasmashan.
Poet Shankha Ghosh was born on 5 February 1932 at his uncle’s house in Chandpur. Shankha Ghosh’s real name is Chittapriya Ghosh. His father is Monindra Kumar Ghosh and mother is Amla Ghosh. His ancestral home is in the traditional Ghosh’s house in Ward No. 4 of Banaripara Municipality in Barisal District. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Banaripara. His father Monindrabhushan Ghosh spent his education in Pabna due to his job. He passed matriculation from Chandraprabha Vidyapeeth there. He passed matriculation from Pabna and moved to Calcutta. He graduated from Presidency College in 1951 with a degree in Bengali Arts and obtained a post-graduate degree from Calcutta University. He retired from Jadavpur University in 1992. After retiring from Jadavpur University, he taught as a Visiting Professor at various universities in India, including Delhi University. A couple of years ago, in a poem called ‘Mati’, he roared against the anti-Muslim citizenship law of the Modi government.
Shankha Ghosh Jibanananda added a new dimension to later Bengali poetry. Shankha Ghosh has received various awards and honors in recognition of his literary work. In 1986, he won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India’s second highest literary award, for his book of poetry, Babar’s Prayer. In 1999, he translated the play ‘Raktakalyan’ from Kannada into Bengali and won the Sahitya Akademi Award again. Besides, he has received Rabindra Award, Saraswati Samman, Jnanpith Award. In 2011, the then government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan.
In 1996, the poet Shankha Ghosh came to his ancestral home in Banaripara, Barisal. He left his home in Calcutta with a piece of soil as a memento. Poet Sankh Ghosh came to Dhaka in 2019 as an honored guest at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the invitation of Bangla Academy. Seba did not return to Banaripara due to physical illness. In the same year, a collection of prose by the poet Shankha Ghosh was published – Bangladesh in the Evening River.
Meanwhile, the poet Shankha Ghosh’s death was mourned in his own hometown in Banaripara. The local MP expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Shah Alam, a former member of parliament. Monirul Islam Moni, Banaripara Upazila Upazila Chairman Alhaj Golam Faruk, Municipality Mayor Advocate Subhash Chandra Sheel, Upazila Awami League President Golam Saleh Monju Mollah, Kabir Bhatija Upazila Muktijoddha Sangsad former Commander Tarunendra Narayan Ghosh, Bangladesh Awami League Central Sub-Committee Member Journalist and Columnist Sohail Sunny, Member of Central Sub-Committee of Bangladesh Awami League and Organizing Secretary of Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance Central Committee Sujan Haldar, President of Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance Banaripara Upazila Branch Wahiduzzaman Dulal, President of Banaripara Press Club Rahad Sumon, General Secretary Sujan Mollah and others.
Meanwhile, Sujan Haldar, organizing secretary of Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance Central Committee and journalist of BTV, demanded the establishment of ‘Poet Shankh Ghosh Memorial Museum’ at the ancestral home of poet Shankh Ghosh in Banaripara on his verified Facebook account.