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Buddhadeb Guha passes away

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha died of post-Covid-19 complications in a Kolkata hospital on Sunday. He was 85.

The author of ‘Madhukari’ (Honey Gatherer) breathed his last at 11:55pm at Bellevue Hospital in South Kolkata after a massive cardiac arrest.

He was hospitalised earlier this month with breathlessness and urinary infection. He had earlier suffered from Covid-19 in April and had been hospitalised for 33 days.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Buddhadeb Guha.

The Prime Minister prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Born on June 29, 1936 in Kolkata, Guha spent his childhood in Rangpur and Barishal districts now in Bangladesh and his childhood experiences and travels left a deep imprint on his mind and found reflected in his works later on.

A chartered accountant by profession, Guha was one of the most popular writers who created the popular children’s character Rijuda and his sidekick Rudra, who explore jungles.

Nature and forest were recurrent themes in his novels and short stories. He is best remembered for his novel ‘Madhukori’ which is considered as a milestone in Bengali literature.

Apart from ‘Madhukari’, his other notable work includes ‘Holud Boshonto’, ‘Koeler Kachhe’, ‘Kojagar’, ‘Ektu Usnotar Jonyo’, ‘Jangalmahal’ and ‘Sobinoy Nibedon’.

He was married to eminent Rabindra Sangeet exponent Ritu Guha who died in 2011. He has left behind two daughters.

Guha was the recipient of many awards, including Ananda Purashkar in 1976 and later Shiromani Puraskar and Sharat Puraskar. He was also an accomplished musician and a proficient illustrator.