Samir Sengupta (1940 - 2011)

Samir Sengupta was born in 1940 in Barishal, now in Bangladesh. He obtained an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the Jadavpur University, studying under well known literateurs like Buddhadeva Bose and Sudhindranath Dutta.

Samir Sengupta wrote in both Bengali and English, and published twentysix titles in a diversity of genres. As originals he wrote autobiographical and other stories for very young children. His scholarly publications include original research work on the life and letters of Rabindranath Tagore. As an editor of poetry he has edited several books of poems of Shakti Chattopadhyay, including 3 volumes of his collected works. Shakti is held as the most significant Bengali poet of his generation. He has also edited books of quotations from the modern Bengali poetry and the entire proseworks of Rabindranath Tagore and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. His translation of Shakti’s poems has been included in the collection of Indian Poetry by the ‘National Book Trust’, India. He is regarded as the official biographer of the poets Buddhadeva Bose and Shakti Chattopadhyay.

Among his well-known titles are: Rabindranather Atmiya-swajon (রবীন্দ্রনাথের আত্মীয়স্বজন), Samakal o Rabindranath (সমকাল ও রবীন্দ্রনাথ), Buddhadeb Basur Jibon (বুদ্ধদেব বসুর জীবন), Rabindrasutre Bideshira (রবীন্দ্রসূত্রে বিদেশিরা).

He died in December, 2011.

Published January, 2012

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