Alokeranjan Dasgupta (b.1933)

Alokeranjan Dasgupta was born on October 6, 1933 at Calcutta (now called Kolkata). He studied at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and then at St. Xavier's College, the Presidency College, and finally at the University of Calcutta, obtaining a Ph.D. for his studies on the lyric in Indian poetry. He taught at the Department of Comparative Literature (founded by Buddhadeva Bose) at the Jadavapur University from 1957 through 1971. Since 1971, he had been in the faculty of the South Asia Insititute of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Author of more than 20 books of poetry, Alokeranjan is equally productive in other genres: he has translated Bengali and Santal poetry and plays into English and German, and has also translated literature from German and French into Bengali. He has a number of books of essays, and is well-known for his distinctive prose style.

He has received many awards and honors including the Goethe Prize (in Germany, 1985), Rabindra-Puraskar (1987), Ananda-Puraskar (1985), the Sudha Basu award from the Calcutta University (1983), and the Sahitya Akademi award in 1992 for his book of poems Marami Karat (translated as The Mystical Saw and Other Poems). Many of his books have been translated into English and German.

Published March 25, 2004

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