Shankha Ghosh

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Sankha Ghosh
Sankha Ghosh - Kolkata 2011-05-09 3039.JPG
Born (1932-02-06) 6 February 1932 (age 84)
Nationality Indian
Known for Poet and critic

Padma Bhushan (2011) Jnanpith Award (2016)

Sahitya Akademi Award (1977,1999)

Shankha Ghosh (Bengali: শঙ্খ ঘোষ ; born 6 February 1932)[1][2] is a Bengali Indian poet [3] and critic. He was born in Chandpur of what is now Bangladesh. Shankha Ghosh is regarded a leading authority on Rabindranath Tagore in addition to being one of the most prolific writers in Bengali.


Ghosh got his undergraduate degree in Arts in Bengali language from the Presidency College, Kolkata in 1951 and subsequently his master's degree from the University of Calcutta. He taught at many educational institutions, including Bangabasi College, City College (all affiliated to the University of Calcutta) and at Jadavpur University, all in Kolkata. He retired from Jadavpur University in 1992. He joined the Iowa Writer's Workshop in the 1960s. He has also taught at Delhi University, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla, and at the Visva-Bharati University. He has won a number of prestigious awards, the most recent being Jnanpith Award.

Selected works[edit]

  • Adim lata-gulmomay (Ancient vines and trees)
  • Murkha baro, samajik nay (Big fool, not social)
  • Kabir abhipray (The poet's intention)
  • Mukh dheke jay bigyapane (Faces are hidden by advertisements)
  • Babarer prarthana (Babur's prayer)
  • The Storm of Desire (a poem translated from Bengali by Nandini Gupta)
  • Just this one (a poem translated from Bengali by Bhismadev Chakrabarti)



  1. ^ Pharida Kabira (1986). Pañcāsa Bacharera Premera Kabitā: Bāṃlādeśa O Paścimabāṃlāra Kabitāra Panḍulipi Saṃkalana. Signorinā. p. 82. 
  2. ^ Inc., Parabaas. "Sankha Ghosh - Biographical Sketch [Parabaas Translation]". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Sankha Ghosh, 1932-". Library of Congress, New Delhi Office. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  4. ^ a b "..:: SAHITYA : Akademi Awards ::..". Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Saraswati Samman for Shankha Ghosh". 1999-02-06. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Jnanpith award for veteran poet Shankha Ghosh". 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2016-12-24.