Noted writer Buddhadeb Guha dies
Published: 10:45 AM, 30 August 2021 Updated: 05:58 PM, 30 August 2021
Buddhadeb Guha - File Photo
India's Noted Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha, author of many notable works such as 'Madhukari' (Honey Gatherer), died in a private hospital in Kolkata late Sunday. He was 85.
He breathed his last around 11:30 pm at Bellevue hospital, where he was undergoing treatment since July 31.
Earlier in April this year, the veteran writer tested positive for Covid-19 and had been hospitalised for 33 days. He returned home after being cured of the virus.
However, he had to be hospitalised again recently with lung and urinary tract problems. He passed away around 11.30 pm on Sunday due to post-Covid complications after a massive cardiac arrest.
Born on June 29, 1936 in Kolkata, Buddhadeb Guha had spent his childhood in Rangpur and Barisal districts of East Bengal (now Bangladesh). His childhood experiences and travels left a deep imprint on his mind, which were reflected in his works later on.
A chartered accountant by profession, Buddhadeb Guha was one of the most popular writers who created the popular children’s character Rijuda and his sidekick Rudra, who explore jungles. Nature and forest were recurrent themes in his novels and short stories. He is best remembered for his novel Madhukori which is considered a milestone in Bengali literature.
His important works besides 'Madhukari' include 'Koeler Kachhe' (Near the Koel bird) and 'Sobinoy Nibedon' (Humble Offering).
Buddhadeb Guha was the recipient of many awards, including Ananda Purashkar in 1976 and later Shiromani Puraskar and Sharat Puraskar. He was also a noted classical singer and a proficient illustrator.
He was married to eminent Rabindra Sangeet exponent Ritu Guha who died in 2011. He has left behind two daughters.
"Buddhadev Guha is no more. He was blessed as to be one with the Divine on the night of Janmashtami (Lord Krishna's birthday) 2021. Do join his family and friends in celebrating his life," his elder daughter Maleni B Guha posted in social media.