Sunil Gangopadhyay is an icon of contemporary Bengali writing. Poet and author of over 200 books, he is currently the President of the Sahitya Akademi. His works have been the basis of several Satyajit Ray films like Aranyer Dinratri and Pratidwandi. His work of historical fiction, Sei Somoy, won the Indian Sahitya Akademi award in 1985, and continues to be a best-seller after 25 years. He is also the winner of the Bankim Puraskar (1982) and the Ananda Puraskar (twice, in 1972 and 1989).
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