Bangladesh mourns death of poet Samudra Gupta

July 20th, 2008 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, July 20 (IANS) Noted Bangladeshi poet Samudra Gupta, a freedom fighter who wrote against religious extremism in his poems, short stories and novels, died in a Bangalore hospital in India Saturday. The body of the 62-year-old poet, whose real name was Abdul Mannan, was received here Sunday.

Widely known by his pen name, Mannan, he worked for many newspapers since 1960. He was general secretary of Bangladesh’ National Poetry Council.

Among the many awards he received was one from the government of Tripura in India.

His poems have been translated into different languages including English, Chinese, French, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Japanese, Urdu and Norwegian, the Daily Star said.

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