Sunil Gangapadhyay , a renowned Bengali novelist and poet has been elected the President of Indian Shahitya Academy , the prestigious literary academy of Indian languages.
In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Sunil expresses his feelings on being elected the President of the Academy and talks about Bengali literature both in Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Sunil Gangopadhyay was born on September 7, 1934 at Faridpur in what is now Bangladesh. Sunil got his Master's degree in Economics from the Calcutta University in 1954. He is currently associated with the Ananda Bazar group, a major publishing house in Calcutta.
Author of well over 200 books, Sunil is a prolific writer who has excelled in different genres but declares poetry to be his "first love". Sunil was the founder editor of Krittibaas, a seminal poetry magazine that became a platform for a new generation of poets experimenting with many new forms in poetic themes, rhythms, and words