Joy Goswami

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Joy Goswami
Joy Goswami
Joy Goswami
Born 1954
Ranaghat, Nadia, West Bengal
Nationality Indian
Occupation Poet
Known for Poetry, Literature

Joy Goswami (Bengali: জয় গোস্বামী; born 1954) is an Indian poet.[1] Goswami writes in Bengali and is widely considered as one of the most important Bengali poets of his generation.


Joy was born on November 10, 1954 in Kolkata. His family moved to Ranaghat, Nadia West Bengal shortly after and he has lived there ever since. Goswami was introduced to and encouraged with respect to poetry by his father, a well-known political worker in the area. He lost his father at the age of six, after which the family was sustained by his mother, a teacher. She died in 1984. Goswami's formal education stopped early, in grade eleven. By this time he was already writing poetry. After a long period of writing in little magazines and periodicals, his writing was finally published in the influential Desh Patrika. This brought his immediate critical acclaim and so long after his first poetry collection was published, named Christmas o Sheeter Sonnetguchchho (Sonets of Christmas and Winter). He has received the Anita-Sunil Basu Award from the Bangla Academy, Govt of W.B. the prestigious Ananda Purashkar in 1989 for Ghumiyechho, Jhaupata? (Have you slept, Pine leaf?) and the Sahitya Akademi Award, 2000 for his anthology Pagali tomara sange(With you, O crazy girl).


  • Christmas o Sheeter Sonnetguchchho (1976)
  • Protnojeeb (1978)
  • Aleya Hrod (1981)
  • Unmader Pathokromo (1986)
  • Bhutumbhogoban (1988)
  • Ghumiyechho Jhaupata? (1989)
  • Jara Brishtite Bhijechhilo
  • Santansantati
  • Moutat Maheswar
  • Sakalbelar Kobi
  • Mrito Nagorir Raja
  • Bhaloti Basibo
  • Phulgachhe Ki Dhulo (2011)
  • Atmiyoswajan (2011)

Published works by Jaya Gosvāmī (which is how his name is transliterated in the Library's catalog and Name Authority File) listed in the Library of Congress Catalog:

Some MP3 recordings of him reading his poetry, along with a photograph, can be found at the South Asian Literary Recordings Project page.

Sample work[edit]

বাত্সরিক (Batshorik)
নাম লিখেছি একটি তৄণে (Naam likhecchi ekti trine)
আমার মায়ের মৄত্যুদিনে (Amar mayer mrityudine)

On a grass I have written the name
On the day my mother died

[From Ghumiyechho, Jhaupata?]



  1. ^ "FIR registered against Aparna Sen". The Hindu. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Calcutta : Look". The Telegraph. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 

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