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Subodh Sarkar in Kolkata, 2015.
Subodh Sarkar (Bengali: সুবোধ সরকার) (born 1958, Krishnanagar) is a Bengali poet, writer and editor, and a reader in English literature at City College, Kolkata. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award.
Subodh Sarkar, born in 1958, is a noted Indian Bengali poet, editor,translator and Associate Professor in English at City College, Calcutta University. His first book of poems was published in the late 70s and now he has 29 books to his credit- 26 books of poems, 2 translations and one travelogue on America. Critics find his poetry “incisive, provocative, satiric, manipulative, and most of all, entertainingly contemporary”. They credit him for bringing in a fresh new idiom to Bengali poetry. He received the West Bengal Bangla Academy Award for poetry in 2000. His PhD is on the hyphenated identities of Indian American women writers writing in English. Sarkar has participated in several International Poetry Festivals and read his poetry and papers at Taiwan (1995), Germany, France, USA and Czech Republic in 2005/6. Invited by IWP, University of Iowa he participated in the New Symposium at Paros, a Greek Island, in 2007. He visited Russia and Turkey as a member of the Indian Writers’ delegation organized by Sahitya Academy in 2010. He has interviewed major international poets including Allen Ginsberg at New York, British poet Sir Stephen Spender, Chilean poet Nicanore Parra and the first black male American Pulitzer prize winner poet, Yusuf Komunyakaa. He has worked with Danniel Weissbort at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal for translation and with Chilean poet Raul Jurita for an audio-CD project which highlighted his and Jurita's poems,the first of its kind in Indo-Latin American history of poetry. Sarkar and Mallika Sengupta,his wife, an eminent poet, jointly
edited Bhashanagar till 2011 when she passed away. Sarkar is former Editor of Indian Literature, Sahitya Academy, New Delhi. Recently participated atIFOA, International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Canada and a Reading with Usef Komuniayaaka at the Academy of American poetry at Manhattan, New York. Recipient of National Sahitya Academy Award 2013 and Nazrul Award from Kabi Sangshad Bangladesh 2014.His first book of poem was published in the late 1970s, and now he has 26 books to his credit – 20 of poems, two of translations and one travelogue on America. His poems have been translated into English, French and several Indian languages and published in several journals and anthologies. Sarkar is the editor of Bhashanagar, a Bengali culture magazine with occasional English issues. In 2010 he was appointed as the guest editor of Indian Literature, the flagship journal of Sahitya Akademi. He married Mallika Sengupta who was also a poet. He has published 29 books in Bengali and 4 books in English. Recipient of Bangabhushan from the Govt. of West Bengal D.Lit (Honoris Causa) from G.B.University, W.Bengal Gangadhar Meher National Award from Sambalpur University 2016 Chairman : Kobita Academy( Poetry Academy), Government of West Bengal In 2016, he was a Fulbright visiting professor of English at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.
Awards and honours
- Shakti Chattopadhyay Binodan Vichitra Puroskar (1997)
- Bangla Academy|Bangla Akademi Anita-Sunil Basu Puroskar from Pashchimbanga Bangla Akademy (2000)
- Sahitya Akademi Award (2013) for Dwaipayan Hrader Dhare
- BangaBhushan from the Govt Of West Bengal 2015
- D.Lit from University of GourBanga, Bengal 2015
- Gangadhar Meher National Award from Sambalpur University 2014
List of publications
Books of poems:
- Kabita 78–80, Krishnanagar, 1980
- Riksha Mesh Katha, Krishnanagar, 1983
- Eka Narakgami, Kolkata, Prativas, 1988
- Maronottar Jal, Shatabdir Mukha, Kakdwip, 1990
- Maruvumir Golap, Amritalok, Medinipur, 1991
- Chandradosh Oshudhe Sarena, Prativas, Kolkata, 1991
- Adai Hat Manush, Boipara, Kolkata, 1993
- Chihh, Kalkata, Ananda Publishers, 1993, ISBN 81-7215-246-9
- Rajneeti korben Na, Kolkata, Prativas, 1997
- Dhanyabad Marichika Sen, Kolkata, Katha O Kahini, 1997
- Sab Rasta Rome-e Jae Na, Patralekha, Kolkata, 2001
- Bhalo Jaygata Kothae, Kolkata, Ananda Publishers, 2001,ISBN 81-7215-916-1
- Jerujalem Theke Medinipur, Srishti, Kolkata, 2001
- Kallu, Kolkata, Ananda Publishers, 2003
- Krittikae Sonnet Cangaroo, Saptarshi Prakashan, Kolkata, 2003
- Shrestha Kabita, Kolkata, Deys Publication, 2004
- Ami Karo Andhakar Noi, Kolkata, Prativas, 2004
- Manipurer Ma, Kolkata, Ananda Publishers, 2005, ISBN 81-7756-485-4
- Boma Bananor Class, Saptarshi Prakashan, Kolkata, 2006
- Ja Upanishad Tai Koran, Ananda Publishers, 2006
- Pratibader Kabita, Deep Prakashan, Kolkata, 2007
- Prem O Pipegun, Aajkaal Prakashani, 2008
- Chodda Nambor Deadbody, Ananda Pub, 2009
- Iowa To Kolkata: with Christopher Merill, Utal Haowa,2008
- Daipayan Hrader Dhare, Ananda, 2010
- Firiye Din Amar Cheleke, Saptarshi, 2011
- Charmas Chilekotha,Ananda, 2011
- Ektu aschi, Roroke dekho Ananda 2012
- Dhoper Chap, Ananda Publishers 2013
- Meyeder Toilete ki korchilam, Prativas 2014
- Kobita Samagra vol 1, Ananda Publishers 2014
- subodh vs subodh Prativas publisher 2015
- Amar jibon Amar kobita Prativas publisher 2015
Books in English
- Route Map 25, a collection of poems in English translation Bhashanagar 2005
- Beyond the Brown(ed) Essays in the study of Diaspora in America Punascha
- Kolkata 2010
- In My Bastard English: poems and Diaries, Yash Publications New Delhi 2012
- Hyphenated Identities: Essays in American studies (to be published in 2016)
Book of poems in English translation:
- Route Map 25, Bhashanagar, Kolkata.2004
Book of translation:
- Biswa Kabita, Prativas, Kolkata, 199
- Deshta America, Vostok, Kolkata, 1993
- Blasphemy - Poetry by Subodh Sarkar and Visual by Manas Roy (Roymans)- 2014
Books co-authored with Mallika Sengupta:
- Sohag Sharbari, Abhiman, Howrah, 1985
- Prem O Pratibader Kabita, Kolkata, Vikash Grantha Bhavan, 2001
- Subodh Mallika Square, Kolkata, Vikash Grantha Bhavan, 2006
First Exculsive Interview of Kovi Subodh Sarkar in video format from SHILPANIR RECORDS, 2010
- Sarangi, Jaydeep (August 2017). "In Conversation With Subodh Sarkar". Writers in conversation. 4 (2).
- "Subodh Sarkar profile". Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- Hobart Student Association; Hobart College; William Smith College; William Smith Student Association (1988). The Seneca review. Hobart Student Association. pp. 81–82. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- "2016 Resident Participants | The International Writing Program". iwp.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Poets dominate Sahitya Akademi Awards 2013". Sahitya Akademi. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- Sarkar, Subodh. "Can I Take Your Wife as Loan? (For Graham Greene)".