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Samaresh Majumdar, a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Bengali literateur noted for portraying the turbulent Naxalaite period of the 1970s, died on Monday evening at a private hospital in Kolkata, an official of the establishment stated.
Majumdar, 81, was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and had been in the hospital for more than a month.
“Majumdar has suffered from COPD for over 12 years.” He has been in our care for almost a month. His condition had recently deteriorated, and he was on a ventilator. He died around 5.45 p.m., according to the official.
Majumdar is best known for his political trilogy ‘Uttaradhikar,’ ‘Kalbela,’ and ‘Kalpurush,’ but he has also written short fiction and travelogues.
He received the ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ for his novel ‘Kalbela,’ which is set against the backdrop of the Naxalite struggle. Majumdar’s detective character ‘Arjun’ is well-liked not just by children but also by adults.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences on Majumdar’s death, calling it an irreparable loss to the literary world.
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