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Eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi President Sunil Gangopadhyay died at his South Kolkata residence in the early hours today due to a massive heart attack. Gangopadhyay who died at the age of 78 is now survived by his wife and a son.
Gangopadhyay body will be kept in a mortuary till his son arrives from Boston for performing the last rites, family sources said.
Born on 2 September 1934, Sunil Gangopadhyay was a prolific writer and winner of several awards. He provided a platform for the new generation poets with “Krittibas” a seminal poetry magazine that he started in 1953 as a founder editor.
Author of over 200 books, Sunil Gangopadhyay was successful as a novelist, short story and travelogue writer as well as for his writings as children fiction but declared poetry to be his “first love”. His Neera series of poems are very popular. He used the pen-names of Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak and Nil Upadhyay.
He had won the Sahitya Akademi Award (1985), Ananda Puraskar (1989), Sheriff of Kolkata (2002), Saraswati Samman (2004), the Hindu Literary Prize (2011), and Sera Bangali Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).
After serving five years as the Vice President, he was elected the President of the Sahitya Akademi on February 20, 2008.