Avik Gangopadhyay (born May 6, 1969), an Indian author of repute with 21 published books in English and Bengali on aesthetics, theories of literature, language and criticism, dead languages, not-so-discussed historical issues, philosophical and religious ‘ISMS’ and Indological studies.
His endeavour in Editing 6 books of poems and short stories in Bengali and English has received critical attention in home and abroad.
Having parents distinguished in their respective sphere of creativities, his father, noted academician and
litterateur Manab Gangopadhyay, formerly Reader and Head of the Department of Bengali Language and Literature in Government colleges in West Bengal, India, including Presidency College and University, author of novels and short stories of rare themes and stylistics, critical and philosophical treatises in Bengali and English, and mother, celebrated classical dancer and singer of songs of Tagore, Sriparna Mukhopadhyay (later
Gangopadhyay), Avik was born in Kolkata (erstwhile Calcutta), India. With his father having a transferable job,
he had his schooling in various places in different Institutions like Sri Aurobindo Vidyamandir, St. Thomas, Ballygunge Government High School, MAMC High School, Bidhan Institution. He graduated with Honours in English Language and Literature from Durgapur Government College(1989), completed Post Graduation in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata(1992), and did Bachelor of Education from University of Calcutta(1998).
He also finished Diploma both in Library Science(1993) and in Journalism and Mass Communication(1990).
In his pursuit of language studies he attended Kalidas Chatuspathi, MaxMuller Bhavan (Goethe Institute) and Alliance Francais for Sanskrit, German and French languages respectively.
His interest in classical music initiated his association with playing sitar in his teens but it was interdisciplinary studies that consumed his focus. His long association with psychology, cultural anthropology, philosophy, history, popular science, Indology, comparative religious studies, treasures of antiquity, photography and documentation had shaped both his creative and critical psyche.
The Sojourn of a Writer
The world of poetry appealed to him most. Most of his poems, written from late teens, are confined to himself, often rendered in Literary assemblage, finding print space in little magazines and weekend literary columns of newspapers, later published both in English and Bengali in Editions like The Murmur of the Mist( 2002), The Shadow before Dusk(2002), Shells Upon the Shore(2002), Rup Arup Aparup(2002), Vishanna Chhaya(2002), Ekaler Kobita(2004), Ekaler Chorita(2004). His short stories are published in the collections Morshumi Mon(2004), Anurag Golpo Samvar(2002, Ekhon Golpo(2010).
The success of his experiments with modern symbolic poetic drama in classical strain, which are brought out by Sarodiya Proma(2004) and Bhashabandhan Utsav Sonkhya(2011), had inspired him to venture more into the least trodden world of Bengali poetic drama. But as a writer of critical literature he is more distinguished. A glimpse to the titles and themes or treatment will emphasize his tenacity to unravel the not-so-discussed or untrodden regions in the interdisciplinary studies.
Awarded the “Editor’s Choice Award” for his “Achievement in Poetry” from the Library of Poetry, USA, in April
2002, he devotes time to answer queries across the globe as an “Expert” on the first half of 20th century on the esteemed webzine on Classical Literature. Book reviews and Profiles of Avik have already surfaced in The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Statesman, Daily Observer, Anandabazar Patrika, Ei Samay, Boier Desh, Saptahik Bartaman, Dhaka Review, other leading literary columns of newspapers, e-journals and in the internet. A 55-minute Documentary on his works & activities has also been made emphasizing on his contribution to rare themes & topics.
A teacher by profession, well known for his eloquence and prudence, he enjoys immense popularity among toppers and students willing to look beyond career and living. Residing in Kolkata, Avik is married to singer of light classical songs Swati Gangopadhyay, often writing songs and scoring in leisure, also working hard to pass the buck to his son Aaloy Gangopadhyay, a budding Spell Bee Wiz and writer of travelogues.
Poems of Avik Gangopadhyay
Published books of Avik Gangopadhyay
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