A fitting tribute to Shankha Ghosh by SPC Kraft
“Shankha Ghosh was a poet of suggestions and subtleties, seldom strident or flamboyant like the “Hungry Poets”, who were his contemporaries. His poems are essentially lyrical, poems of moods and feelings, though always filtered and moderated by his sharp intellect, which distinguished him from the romantic crowd.
He was not a narrative poet either, though at times his poems tend to have narrative contexts, questions, conversations and colloquial expressions. It is difficult to compare him with any of his contemporaries, or those who lived and wrote before or after him. He modernised Tagore’s legacy by distilling his style; he could be imagistic like Jibanananda Das, but was rarely nostalgic like him; he could surprise like Shakti Chattopadhyay, but was more moderate.”,–K. Satchidanandan
Interdisciplinary artist Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee through his arts collective SPCkraft shall present a memorial for Shankho Ghosh on May 16th at 9pm on the Facebook page of the collective(www.facebook.com/SPCkraft). The programme shall begin with an oration by Malayali poet and scholar K. Satchidanandan followed by reminisces by media personality Chaitali Dasgupta, who was Shankhobabu’s student at Jadavpur University. His writings shall be read out in translation by editor and author Arunava Sinha. Shankhobabu’s poetry shall be celebrated by theatre personality Sohini Sengupta, elocutionists Bijoylakshmi Barman, Pranati Tagore and Madhumita Basu, actresses Sohini Sarkar and Nandana Sen, danseuse and acclaimed actress Mamatashankar, renowned actress Rituparna Sengupta and the legendary Sharmila Tagore. The memorial shall feature Rabindrasangeet by Pramita Mallick, Prabuddha Raha, Jayati Chakraborty, Rohini Ray chaudhuri, Srovonti Basu Bandopadhyay, Suchhanda Ghosh, Ranjini Mukhopadhyay, Priyam Mukherjee and Ritapa Bhattacharya. “It’s an honour to celebrate the life and writings of one of the fiesty voices of Indian poetry and this is probably one of the only ways to preserve the legacy that he has left behind”, said Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, the brain behind the show.