Sunil remembered

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 14.12.12
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(From left) Harsha Dutta, Sujit Sarkar, Shibasish Mukhopadhyay, Tapan Roychowdhury and (speaking) Angshuman Kar at Sunil Gangopadhyay’s memorial meeting at Bantra Public Library. (Anup Bhattacharya)

It was an evening of memories at Bantra Public Library as members and local residents gathered at the memorial meeting of Sunil Gangopadhyay on November 25. A 25-minute documentary film on the author, directed by Utpalendu Chakraborty, that was sourced from Sahitya Akademi was screened at the beginning. This was followed by Sunil’s favourite Rabindrasangeet, Jagater ananda jagye amar nimantran sung by Sarbari Nandy.

A panel of speakers, including the editor of Desh, Harsha Dutta, the eastern regional head of Sahitya Akademi, Angshuman Kar and poet Shibasish Mukhopadhyay spoke on the occasion. The programme was presided over by poet Sujit Sarkar, who talked about Sunil’s versatility as a writer. Although he started with poetry, Sunil also wrote novels, short stories. His Kakababu Santu series was popular among children as well.

Harsha Dutta recollected the moments he shared with Sunil discussing his storyline with the editor. Angshuman Kar spoke about Gangopadhyay’s stint as president of Sahitya Akademi. “He was not keeping well in the last two years when he was president of Sahitya Akademi, but he would attend all meetings,” said Kar. For poet Shibasish, Sunil provided inspiration.

Dalia Mukherjee