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Sailen Ghosh

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Sailen Ghosh is a legendary character in the world of child literature and playwriting. He was born in January, 1931 in Calcutta, now Kolkata, of the then British India. He had developed a keen interest for Bengali literature and drama during his school days. While studying in ninth standard, Ghosh played a character in the ‘Dakghar’ drama, which was written by World Poet Rabindranath Tagore. He was highly influenced with the theme of the drama that he penned a unique drama named ‘Gharer Kheya’. His literary works are mainly popular among the children and young audience. Some of his masterpieces are ‘Arun Barun Kironmala’, ‘Bajna’, ‘Chotto Sonar Golpo Sona’, ‘Golpo Jure Ala’, ‘Ajob Bagher Ajgubi’, ‘Kala Juju’, ‘Jadur Deshe Jagannath’, ‘Huppoke Niye Goppo’, ‘Bon Sabujer Dweepe’ etc. His writings have mostly been published in popular ‘Sandesh’ and ‘Anandamela’ magazines. He dedicated his whole life for brainstorming interesting stories and novels for children. For that reason, he had been accolade with ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’, ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship’ and ‘Vidyasagar Award’. He had also won National Award for his outstanding literary expertise. In 1970 he founded ‘Sishu Rangan’, a voluntary organization for helping children to develop a creative mindset through acting, singing and dancing. He passed away in August, 2016 in Kolkata at the age of 85 years.

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