HAILAKANDI, Nov 3 – Eminent Bengali poet and writer late Sunil Gangopadhyay was remembered in Hailakandi under the auspices of the district branch of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sanmilani on Sunday last. The meeting was presided over by Promod Chandra Nath. Eminent poet of Barak Valley and the editor of literary magazine Sahitya, Bijit Kumar Bhattacharjee narrated the literary contributions of late Sunil Gangopadhyay, who was also popularly known as Kakababu. He said that late Gangopadhyay helped lot of young poets and writers to establish themselves.
Bhattacharjee said that Sunil Gangopadhyay had special attraction for the Bengali people of Northeast and particularly the people of Barak Valley and he always tried to highlight the plight of the people of the area. As a young writer, Gangopadhyay first visited Hailakandi in 1970 to attend a literary meet organised by a little magazine and encouraged the young writers to write for the common people. He informed that famous film maker Satyajit Roy directed the film Aranyer Dinratri scripted by Sunil Gangopadhyay and it was a super hit film at that time. Bhattacharjee urged the young writers to follow the writings of late Sunil.
Speaking on the occasion, writer S Bhattacharjee highlighted the social activities of late Sunil Gangopadhyay and said that he established a non-governmental organisation working for the protection of environment named ‘The Greens’ in Kolkata and later the branches of the organisation were established in Silchar and Hailakandi and also in some other places.
The meeting was also addressed by poet Ashutosh Das, columnist Abul Hussain Mazumdar, Kallol Choudhury, Sushanta Mohan Chattapadhyay, Sikha Bhattacharjee, Sukamal Paul among others. Some poems of Sunil Gangopadhyay were also read out by them. One minute silence was also observed for the peace of the departed soul.
Similarly late Sunil Gangopadhyay was also remembered in Silchar by the Cachar district branch of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sanmilani on Sunday last. Reciting a line from Sunil Gangopadhyay’s poem Ami ki rokombhabe benche achi tui eshe dekhe ja Nikhilesh, eminent poet of Barak Valley, Brojendra Kumar Sinha said that late poet tried to give a new shape to the Bengali poems and these are few examples.
Sinha said that Sunil refused the scholarship of USA and returned to India only to write for the people of India. He also highlighted the various literary activities of Sunil Gangopadhyay. The meeting was also addressed by the editor of Samayik Prasanga, Taimur Raja Choudhury, Gautam Prasad Dutta, Imaduddin Bulbul, Sankar Chakraborty, Riten Gangapadhyay, Sanjiv Deb Laskar among others. They also observed one minute silence. A small cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.