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Shankha Ghosh (Bangla: শঙ্খ ঘোষ) (1932-) is an Bengali Indian poet and critic. Ghosh was born on February 6, 1932 at Chandpur of what is now Bangladesh. Shankha Ghosh is regarded a leading authority on Rabindranath in addition to being one of the most prolific writers in Bangla.



He got his undergraduate degree in Arts in Bengali language from the Presidency College, Kolkata in 1951 and subsequently his Master's degree from the University of Calcutta. He taught at many educational institutes, including Bangabasi College, City College (all affiliated to the University of Calcutta) and at Jadavpur University, all in Kolkata. He retired from Jadavpur University in 1992. He joined the Iowa Writer's Workshop, USA in 1960's. He has also taught Delhi University, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla, and at the Visva-Bharati University.


  • Narsingh Das Puraskar (1977, for Muurkha boro, saamaajik nay)
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1977, for Baabarer praarthanaa)
  • Rabindra-Puraskar (1989, for Dhum legechhe hrit kamale)
  • Saraswati Samman for his anthology Gandharba Kabitaguccha[1]
  • Sahitya Akademi Award for translation (1999, for translation of raktakalyaan)
  • Desikottam by Visva-Bharati (1999)

Selected works

  • Adim lota-gulmomoy (Ancient vines and trees)
  • Murkho boro, samajik noy (A fool, not social)
  • Kobir obhipray (The poet's intention)

Sample work

... Eto jodi buho chakra tir tirandaj, tobe keno
Shorir diyechho shudhu, bormo khani dite gechho bhule

... if so abundant are arrows and ambushes, then why
Have you only given a body, forgetting the body armor

(From the poem Bormo in the collection Muurkha boro, saamaajik nay)


  1. ^ "Saraswati Samman for Shankha Ghosh". 1999-02-06. Retrieved 2008-10-26.  


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