First Break: Bengal’s Sanjib Chattopadhyay To Get Sahitya Academy Award


Kolkata: Sanjib Chattopadhyay will be honoured with Sahitya Academy Award 2018. He is getting the award for his book ‘Shri Krishner Shesh Kota Din’ published by Ananda Publishers. The book is abour Shri Krishna’s life during his last few days.

Along with writers of 24 languages of India like English, Hindi, Manipuri, Punjabi, his name has been included too. The names were announced on Wednesday through a press conference at 3:30 pm. The writer himself is also happy to get selected for the award.

Eminent Poet Subodh Sarkar in a conversation with Kolkata24x7, said, “Sanjib Chattopadhyay was supposed to get the Sahitya Academy Award 25 years ago from today. Buty I am very happy for him getting it. He won the hearts of Bengali readers soon after he started writing. His writing’s biggest asset is humour. He translated this humour to something good through his talent which is now extinct in Bengali literature.”

Prior to this, Shakti Chatterjee, Sunil Ganguly, Samaresh Majumder, Subodh Sarkar and others from West Bengal got this award.

Sanjib Chattopadhyay was born in 1936. He studied at Scottish Church College and Calcutta University. His novel ‘Lotakombol’ is very famous among his readers.

Reporting: Arunava Raha Roy
Editing: Saheli Dey