Joy Goswami

(10 November 1954 - / Kolkata / India)

Biography of Joy Goswami

Joy Goswami poet

Joy Goswami is an Indian poet. Goswami writes in Bengali and is widely considered as one of the most important Bengali poets of his generation.

Biography

Joy was born in Kolkata. His family moved to Ranaghat, West Bengal shortly after and he has lived there ever since. Goswami was introduced to and encouraged with respect to poetry by his father, a well-known political worker in the area. He lost his father at the age of six, after which the family was sustained by his mother, a teacher. She died in 1984. Goswami's formal education stopped early, in grade eleven. By this time he was already writing poetry. After a long period of writing in little magazines and periodicals, his writing was finally published in the influential Desh Patrika. This brought his immediate critical acclaim and so long after his first poetry collection was published, named Christmas o Sheeter Sonnetguchchho (Sonets of Christmas and Winter). He has received the Anita-Sunil Basu Award from the Bangla Academy, Govt of W.B. the prestigious Ananda Purashkar in 1989 for Ghumiyechho, Jhaupata? (Have you slept, Pine leaf?) and the Sahitya Akademi Award, 2000 for his anthology Pagali tomara sange(With you, O crazy girl).

Joy Goswami's Works:

Christmas o Sheeter Sonnetguchchho (1976)
Protnojeeb (1978)
Aleya Hrod (1981)
Unmader Pathokromo (1986)
Bhutumbhogoban (1988)
Ghumiyechho Jhaupata? (1989)
Jara Brishtite Bhijechhilo
Santansantati
Moutat Maheswar
Sakalbelar Kobi
Mrito Nagorir Raja
Bhaloti Basibo
Phulgachhe Ki Dhulo (2011)
Atmiyoswajan (2011)

Other Works

Bajrabidyu_t-bharti khata. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1995.
Bishada. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1998.
Hrdaye premera ´sirsha. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1994.
Jaga_tabari. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 2000.
Kabitasamgraha. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, <1997-2001>
Ma nishada. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1999.
Manoramera upanyasa. Kalakata : Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1994.
Oh svapna! Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1996.
Pagali, tomara sange. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1994.
Patara po'saka. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1997.
Pretapurusha o anupama katha. Kalakata: Ananda, 2004.
Raudrachayara samkalana. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1998.
Sam'sodhana ba katakuti. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 2001.
Sanjhabatira rupakathara. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1998.
Seisaba seyalara. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1994.
Shanjhbati's dreams = Shanjhbatir rupkathara. New Delhi: Srishti Publishers & Distributors, 2004.
Suranga o pratiraksha. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1995.
Surya-pora chai. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1999.
Yara brshtite bhijechila. Kalakata: Ananda Pabali'sarsa, 1998.

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[Translated from 'Batshorik' (Bengali) by Oindrila Mukherjee]

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