Sunil Gangopadhyay, an eminent Bengali writer has passed away. He was 78.
Gangopadhyay, the Sahitya Akademi President, had suffered a fall on October 22 at his residence. A connoisseur of Bengali literaure, the prolific poet and novelist was wrote in varied genres like novels, short stories, critical commentary, travelogues and children's literature but poetry was his first love.
Using pen-names 'Nil Lohit', 'Sanatan Pathak', and 'Nil Upadhyay', he won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel 'Sei Samay'. His best-sellers works also include 'Pratham Alo' and 'Purbo-Paschim'. His novels 'Pratidwandi' and 'Aranyer Din Raatri' were also made into films by legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray.