Awards & Residencies

Literary Awards and Commendations

Bhashanagar Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to me at my home by Professor Subodh Sarkar on 8th November 2023

Bhashanagar award

Bhashanagar award

Vidyasagar Dinomoyee Puruskar, 2023
Received on my behalf by Professor Sumana Das Sur, Rabindra Bharati University


Award citation

Buddhadeva Bose Memorial Award, presented to me by Sankha Ghosh, 2016

Major S. C. Dutt Memorial Medal from Ophthalmological Society of West Bengal, 2011

Best Bengali of the Year in Literature Award from Star Ananda, 2009


Suresh Sarkar Memorial Ananda Prize, Calcutta, 1997, for Ranger Rabindranath (on Tagore’s colour vision), shared with a co-author Sushobhan Adhikari

Translation Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society for the Selected Poems of Rabindranath Tagore, 1991

Bhubanmohini Dasi Medal of Calcutta University for ‘eminent contribution to contemporary Bengali letters’, 1986

Prafulla Sarkar Memorial Ananda Prize, Calcutta, 1986, for Rabindranath o Victoria Ocampor Sandhane

Writing-related Bursaries, Residencies, Visiting Fellowships etc

Grant from the Association of Senior members of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, for the Buddhadeva Bose project: 1999-2000

Fellowship at Salzburg Seminar Session 354, ‘The Contemporary Novel’, March 1998, with travel bursary from Southern Arts to attend the same

Translation bursary from the British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia (funded by the European Commission) to translate my play Raater Rode, October 1997

Southern Arts training bursary for attending the conference on drama translation, University of Hull, September 1997

Writer-in-Residence to schools in East Anglia, grant from Eastern Arts, 1993

Study tour grant to visit German art galleries and museums, from the German Academic Exchange, 1992, for the project on Tagore’s use of colours in his art and literature

Visiting Professor, Visvabharati University, in connection with the translation project mentioned below, 1989, with travel grant from the British Council

Southern Arts translation bursary to translate the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, 1987

Writer-in-Residence, London Borough of Redbridge, Essex, 1986-87

Travel grant from the ICCR, New Delhi, to travel to Argentina, 1985

Research trip to Paris for work on Victoria Ocampo, 1984, sponsored by the Permanent Argentine Delegation to the UNESCO

Visiting Fellow, Visvabharati University, 1983, for working on the papers of Rabindranath Tagore and Victoria Ocampo, with travel grant from the Commonwealth Foundation