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Noted Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh dies of COVID-19

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:45 PM, 21 April 2021  

Shankha Ghosh

Shankha Ghosh

Eminent Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh died of coronavirus on Wednesday morning. He was 89.

The poet was in home isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 on April 14. Besides, he had been suffering from old-age complications and was admitted to the hospital in January this year. 

India's West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences on his passing, “His death created a deep void in the society,” she said.

The Indian Express reported that after testing positive, he did not want to go to the hospital, following which his family decided to keep him in home isolation after consulting with the doctors. 

Considered to be an authority on Rabindranath Tagore, his famous works include Adim Lata - Gulmomay and Murkha Baro Samajik Nay, among other books. The poet was vocal about contemporary issues and was also seen at the forefront during many political upheavals in the state including the Nandigram violence. 

In 2011, he was awarded Padma Bhushan and in 2016 he received the Jnanpith Award. In 1977, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book ‘Babarer Prarthana'. 

Shankha Ghosh was born on February 6, 1932, at Chandpur in present-day Bangladesh.