Noted Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh passed away on Wednesday morning. He was tested positive for Covid-19 days before. The poet's family has confirmed his death, news agency PTI. The 89-year-old poet is a flag bearer of Bengali intelligentsia. He was often regarded as one of the greatest littérateurs in the post-Jibanananda Das cultural landscape of West Bengal.
Shankha Ghosh tested positive for coronavirus disease on April. The poet was being nursed at his own residence in home isolation on the advice of his doctors. Ghosh was also suffering from several age-related medical complications, comorbidities which took a turn for the worse after he contracted Covid-19. He was hospitalized a few months ago due to the deterioration of his health condition. Seeing his health condition from past till now it was difficult for him too to survive this novel coronavirus. Talking about the life of noted Shankha Ghosh, was born on February 6, 1932. His birthplace was Chandpur in present-day Bangladesh. Shankha Ghosh is survived by his daughters Semanti and Srabanti, and wife Pratima. He was a poet, critic, and academician and considered an authority on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Celebrated Ghosh works include 'Adim Lata - Gulmomay' , 'Murkha Baro Samajik Nay', and other books. Some translators have made available Ghosh's work in English and Hindi. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and was conferred the prestigious Jnanpith Award later in 2016.
The education of Ghosh was from the Bangabasi College and the City College under the Calcutta University and at the Jadavpur University in Kolkata. He also taught at Delhi University, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla, and at the Visva-Bharati University, and participated in the International Writing Program's Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in the United States in 1967. He had a vocal personality, usually he talked about political and social issues. His work depicted his thoughts very well.