Kolkata Book Fair to introduce award in Gangopadhyay`s memory

Kolkata: Kolkata Book Fair organizer, The Publishers and Booksellers Guild is planning to introduce a lecture and an award in the memory of legendary Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay who passed away recently.

"Gangopadhyay was an integral part of the Book Fair and to pay our respects to the great writer we are planning to introduce an annual lecture as well as an award in his memory," said Tridib Chatterjee of the Guild.

"A pavilion in his name is also on the cards. Although the plans are in the nascent stage, we hope to implement them as soon as possible," he added.

Gangopadhyay, who was the president of the Sahitya Akademy, played an important role in organising the inaugural Kolkata Literary Meet (KLM) during the 36th fair last year.

Several eminent writers including Vikram Seth of "The Suitable Boy" fame participated in the KLM.

Gangopadhyay, 78, died following a massive heart attack Oct 23.

The 37th Kolkata Book Fair will be organised in the city from Jan 30 next year.