Eminent Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh dies from Covid-19

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By: Jeet Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-04-21 15:47:04 IST

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89-year-old Ghosh was living in isolation at home on the advice of doctors. Ghosh was suffering from many diseases. He was admitted to the hospital a few months ago due to deteriorating health conditions.

Famous Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh, who lived in isolation at home after being infected with Covid-19, died on Wednesday morning. His family told about this. Ghosh was found infected with Covid-19 on 14 April.

Sources in the health department said that 89-year-old Ghosh was living in isolation at home on the advice of doctors. Ghosh was suffering from many diseases. He was admitted to the hospital a few months ago due to deteriorating health conditions.

Ghosh is considered to be the creator who carried forward the literary legacy of Rabindra Nath Tagore. Ghosh, who has been outspoken on various social and political issues, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and the prestigious Jnanpith Award in 2016 and received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his works have been translated into other languages ​​including English and Hindi.

The poet is survived by his daughters Semanti and Shrabanti and wife Pratima. Writer Subodh Sarkar said that Covid-19 snatched Ghosh at a time when he was most needed because "the state is facing the threat of fascism."

Sarkar said, "Ghosh was soft-spoken but his pen's edge was sharp. He always voiced against intolerance. He participated in all discourses and movements for free and independent thinking." Ghosh was born on 6 February 1932 in Chandrapur, now in Bangladesh. 

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