Gangopadhyay’s family wants ‘quality’ translation of his works by Akademi
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The new president of Sahitya Akademi who will take over in March next year will be getting a request from the family of its former president, Sunil Gangopadhyay, who passed away on October 23, to arrange for proper translation of his books. Gangopadhyay himself was not happy with the quality of some of the translations of his works.
The term of Gangopadhyay as president of the Akademi was supposed to come to an end this December and he had conveyed to his close friends and associates that he was not keen for a second term. Sahitya Akademi, an autonomous organisation, was set up by the central government in 1954.
The meeting of the general council, which will elect the executive board of the Akademi that finally elects the president, will be held in Kolkata today. "The meeting was supposed to be held at Aurangabad but it was brought here because of Sunilda's illness. The meeting was supposed to be presided over by Sunilda. It will be held here with over a hundred littérateurs from across the country. Sunilda would have been very happy attending it but unfortunately now he can't,'' Anshuman Kar, secretary of the eastern regional centre of the Akademi told The Sunday Express.
Meanwhile, Shouvik Gangopadhyay, son of the poet and novelist who has to his credit more than 200 titles on novels and anthology of short stories, poems and essays, says the family will take up the issue of quality translation of Gangopadhyay's works with the Akademi. "He was not happy with the standard of some of the translations, therefore, we want some initiative taken so that his works could be translated in several Indian languages,'' Shouvik Gangopadhyay told The Sunday Express.
Shouvik is at present busy with organising the memorial meeting of his late father to be held on December 3 at Rabindra Sadan.
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