Samudra Gupta (poet)

Samudra Gupta (born Abdul Mannan; June 23, 1946 – July 19, 2008) was a Bangladeshi poet and journalist. Gupta was a strong critic of both communalism and Islamic fundamentalism, and expressed his opposition to these ideologies within his writings.[1]

Samudra Gupta (poet)
Born
Abdul Mannan

(1946-06-23)23 June 1946
Died19 July 2008(2008-07-19) (aged 62)
Resting placeMartyred Intellectuals Memorial
NationalityBangladeshi
OccupationPoet and journalist

Early life and careerEdit

Gupta was born Abdul Mannan on June 23, 1946, in Hashil village in Sirajganj sub-division.[1] Mannan adopted the pseudonym of Samudra Gupta during the 1960s and was recognized by his pen name during his life and career.[1] He took part in the start of the uprising against Pakistan beginning in 1969 and fought in the Bangladesh Liberation War.[1]

Gupta was originally a journalist by profession.[1] He worked as different daily and weekly newspapers throughout Bangladesh.[1] He also served as the general secretary of the country's National Poetry Council.[1]

He wrote thirteen books of poetry during his career, as well as one work of fiction and an additional book of poetry as a collaboration with another writer.[1] he also released many articles and short stories and served as the editor of several books.[1]

Gupta's most notable writings include Rode Jholshano Mukh, Swapnamongol Kabyo, Ekhono Utthan Achhey, Chokhey Chokh Rekhey, Ekaki Roudrer Dike and Shekorer Shokey.[1] His writings have been translated from Bengali into Chinese, French, Sinhalese, English, Hindi, Japanese, Urdu, Norwegian and Nepali.[1]

Gupta died of gallbladder cancer on July 19, 2008, at the Narayana Hridayalaya Hospital in Bangalore, India.[1] He had been hospitalized in India for treatment since July 3, 2008.[1] He was buried at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial.

AwardsEdit

  • Jessore Literature Award
  • Humayun Kabir Award
  • Poet Vishnu Dey Award
  • Language Day Honour by the Government of Tripura[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Poet Samudra Gupta passes away". The Daily Star. 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-08-10.