Ranajit Das

"Ranajit Das is easily one of the finest poets writing in Bengali... the first things that impresses the reader of his poems, even in translation, are their daring originality and genuinely contemporary urban voice... " K. Satchidanandan, eminent Indian poet in 'Indian Literature'.

"Thank you for sending me some of your poems whose frank relation to the physical I like" J. M. Coetzee,

Nobel Laureate Author, in  a letter to the poet.

[Note: The poet's name is spelt as RANJIT DAS in all official records]

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Born in 1949 in Karimganj, and brought up in Silchar, Assam, Ranajit completed his college-studies there, and then moved to Kolkata in 1971. He is a B.Sc. from Gauhati University. He worked for 30 years in West Bengal Civil Service from which he voluntarily retired in 2007. Now he is a full-time writer.

He is a well-known Bengali poet, having ten volumes of poetry, including a collection of selected poems to his credit. He has also published two volumes of literary essays and two novels. A collection of his poems in English translation titled A Summer Nightmare and Other Poems has been published in 2011 by Rupa & Co.

Birendra Chattopadhyay Smriti Puraskar for poetry in 1994.
Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi Award in 2011. Visited Croatia as a member of the Indian Writers' Delegation on an eight-day literary tour in 2012 under India-Croatia Cultural Exchange Program.

Rabindra Puraskar in 2013 for overall contribution to
Bengali poetry.

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