President to confer Sunil Gangopadhyay Awards

New Delhi, Jan 2 : President Pranab Mukherjee will present the first Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award for Excellence in Bengali Literature by The Bengal to eminent poet and litterateur Nirendranth Chakravarty for the year 2012 and Sankha Ghosh for the year 2013 respectively at an Award Function at the Raj Bhawan on January 11.

M K Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal, would also be present. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been invited to grace the occasion.

The Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award was instituted in 2012 by The Bengal, a Kolkata-based leading non-governmental organization, following the demise of its immediate past President Late Sunil Gangopadhyay.

The Award, a citation and a cash component of Rs 2 lac is for rewarding outstanding works and contribution to the Bengali literature, is sponsored by Shree Cement Limited.

"The Bengal members Chairman Shri H M Bangur, President Ms Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Working President Shri Jogen Choudhury would be present along with other members. Ms Gargi Roychowdhury, who is a committee member of The Bengal, would sing a welcome song on the occasion. Sri Goutam Ghose, Board Member of The Bengal, would recite a poem of Late Sunil da at the Award function," said Sundeep Bhutoria, Secretary General, The Bengal.

A group of conscientious and eminent citizens of Bengal, drawn by the common zeal for social good and community service, came together in 2008 in Kolkata to form The Bengal.

Late Prabha Khaitan and Late Paritosh Sen were the two founding members.

From its inception, The Bengal has been represented by leading men and women who are experts in their respective fields - may it be education, industry, art, culture, fine arts or performing arts - and share a sense of social commitment.

The other members of The Bengal are Arindam Sil, Arpita Chatterjee, Anandi Ghosh, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Bickram Ghosh, Chuni Goswami, Dona Ganguly, Ekavalli Khanna, Janab Prof Md Mansoor Alam, Janab K Jaweed Yusuf, Nayantara Palchoudhury, Radhika Singh, Roopa Ganguly and Usha Uthup.

The Bengal has also undertaken projects like Pronam - a project for the Senior Citizens to ensure a more secure life for the city's elderly - in collaboration with the Kolkata Police and supported by the Bangur Trust.

Currently, over 10,000 senior citizens in Kolkata are registered under Pronam and the number is growing.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-01-2014)

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