Governor confers Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Awards



March 21, 2017, Kolkata: The Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, His Excellency, Keshari Nath Tripathi, presented the second Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award for Excellence in Bengali Literature by The Bengal to eminent litterateur Shri Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay for the year 2014 and eminent poet Shri Joy Goswami for the year 2015 respectively at an Award Function held at the Raj Bhavan here today.

The Award function was attended by Chairman of The Bengal, Shri Hari Mohan Bangur, President of The Bengal, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, and Working President of The Bengal, Jogen Choudhury, along with a host of eminent dignitaries, consul members and guests.

“The Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award was instituted in 2012 by The Bengal, a Kolkata-based leading non-governmental organization, following the demise of its immediate past President Late Shri Sunil Gangopadhyay. The Award, which includes a citation and a cash component of Rs 2 lac, is for outstanding work and contribution to the Bengali literature, is sponsored by Shree Cement Limited. It is matter of great honour to felicitate two more eminent personalities from the world of Bengali literature here today,” said Sundeep Bhutoria, Secretary General, The Bengal.

Singer Iman Chakraborty sang the welcome song on the occasion and Shri Arindam Sil, a Committee member of The Bengal and joint convenor of Pronam project, an initiative of The Bengal and Kolkata Police for the elderly, recited a poem by Late Sunil Gangopadhyay at the Award function.

A group of conscientious and eminent citizens of Bengal, drawn by the common zeal for social good and community service, came together in 2008 in Kolkata to form The Bengal. Late Prabha Khaitan and Late  Paritosh Sen were the two founding members. From its inception, The Bengal has been represented by leading men and women who are experts in their respective fields – may it be education, industry, art, culture, fine arts or performing arts – and share a sense of social commitment.

The other team members of The Bengal are Sri Arindam Sil, Ms Arpita Chatterjee, Ms Anandi Ghosh, Sri Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Sri Bickram Ghosh, Sri Chuni Goswami, Ms Dona Ganguly, Ms Ekavalli Khanna, Janab Prof Md Mansoor Alam, Janab K Jaweed Yusuf, Ms Nayantara Palchoudhury, Ms Radhika Singh, Ms Roopa Ganguly and Ms Usha Uthup.

The Bengal has also undertaken projects like Pronam – a project for the Senior Citizens to ensure a more secure life for the city’s elderly – in collaboration with the Kolkata Police and supported by Shree Cement Ltd. Currently, over 14,000 senior citizens in Kolkata are registered under Pronam and the number is growing.