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About Abhijit Ghosh Kolkatar Ahongkar
HISTORY OF KOLKATAR AHONGKAR : EDITOR : DR. ABHIJIT GHOSE. PUBLISHED BY YOUNG WRITERS in 1982 -1994. In 1974, the FIRST ORGANIZATION of young and budding writers, poets, little magazine editors, authors, novelists, singers and a few artists of West Bengal Was formed, namely, WRITERS FORUM. This forum spread its big wings in many states. But unfortunately due to some political pressure and interference, this organization closed its chapter within a few months. Over and above three hundred members of Writers Forum scattered and trying to find out a new way for survival. Abhijit Ghose was elected as organizing secretary of Writers Forum and he was the custodian of membership list of the country. In this transition period under the leadership of Babu Jagjiban Ram, Abhijit became the secretary of ALL INDIA NATIONAL POETS CONGRESS, NEW DELHI 1975 Returning from New Delhi, Abhijit Ghose called an emergency meeting of the members of Writers Forum, at Calcutta. A lot of members were present in the meeting and jointly formed a new dynamic organization, YOUNG WRITERS. Abhijit Ghose was elected as Secretary General of the newly formed organization. In 1975 Abhijit Ghose & Nirmal Basak started a little magazine folder SOINIKER DIARY. This magazine used to be distributed free of cost to the literary persons of all over India & Bangladesh. Two thousand free copies of Soiniker Diary created a new friendship history, especially among the people related to Bengali Literature. Soiniker Diary built this unique area among different communities and literature. Till date, SOINIKER DIARY is tremendously popular little magazine in India and Bangladesh. Through SOINIKER DIARY & YOUNG WRITERS a new level of cultivation of friendship started since 1975 and still going on. In the year in 1976 slowly but carefully, in every issue of Soiniker Diary used to publish as well as names and address of writers and poets of different states of India and also of cultural personalities of Bangladesh. This list was very important information for Little Magazine editors, writers and publishers for immediate communication. In 1982 Abhijit edited KOLKATAR AHONGKAR in Bengali Language and published at Calcutta Book Fair. This is the first directory of important personalities of this decade. To explore the friends career options by meeting with the different authorities of prominent Anthropologist, Critics, Curator, Dramatists, Essayists, Feature writers, Historian, Journalists, Little magazine editors, Newspaper Editors,Novelists,Poets, Short story writers, Science fiction writers, Politicians, Doctors, Ministers, List of little magazines published from different forms, Press Reporters, Mass media, Group theatre, Public Halls, List of publishers, Singers and Musicians, Painters and Artists, Art circle, Art experts, Art designers, Sculptors, Artist Recitation, Juges of Calcutta, Public relation and other important personalities, Consulates, Music circle, Institutions, Societies, Associations, New road names of Calcutta, Reckoner of changed telephone numbers and many other features included in this directory. Sri Bimal Dhur and Sri Debojyoti Dutta, Founder members of Calcutta Book Fair have kindly helped Young Writers a lot. Sri Jyoti Basu, the then Chief Minister inaugurated this book. Sri Umasankar Dixit, the then Governor of West Bengal was present in the stage. This was a mega event of that time. This directory introduced many more new age careers to the young and budding personalities of that time. In 1983, Abhijit Ghose also published Kolkatar Ahonkar, in English Edition. All copies were sold within ten days at Calcutta Book Fair. After publication of Kolkatar Ahongkar a part of so called intellectuals started chaos. They told that this book was to be named as Pride of Calcutta, not "Kolkatar Ahongkar". But unfortunately many of them copied this basic idea and started calculative Business Activity by making duplicate or triplicate type of this book in different names. Even then most senior managers of TATA CO. consulted Abhijit Ghose several times and got the idea of free distribution procedure of Soiniker Diary and wanted to know how to make much more relationship with the larger customers. TATA started Yellow Pages, which is at present the most popular public relation magazine in India. Immediate after the tremendous impact of Kolkatar Ahonhkar, National Sahitya Academy, Government of India took an immediate project and published ‘Who’s Who of Indian writers’ in 1983. Mr. Dutta of Sahitya Academy, who is also the editor of this WHO’S WHO of INDIAN WRITERS book used to come at Calcutta Book Fair frequently and met the members of the Young Writers at little magazine stall to get the colourful ideas and information. Anyway, after twelve years, once again Abhijit Ghose tried to make his dream for changing the name of the city Calcutta by publishing Kolkatar Ahongkar in the year 1994. This book was inaugurated by Noble Laureate Mother Teresa at Nirmal Ashray, Kolkata. Immediate after the publication of KOLKATAR AHONGKAR, a new edition, once again a hue and cry started among the intellectuals and newspapers of Calcutta. Seminars and symposium started with the old debate whether the name of CALCUTTA (300 years old city) to be changed to Kolkata or not. Government of West Bengal passes the bill in assembly and proposes to the Government of India to get the approval for change of name “Calcutta” to “Kolkata”. In the meantime Ganasakti Publication published DIAL, 98. The directory was of the same idea of KOLKATAR AHONGKAR framed with a new face. The activity to change the name of Calcutta started again. After a long 19 years, the dream of Abhijit Ghose was fulfilled in the year 2001. The Calcutta High Court has sanctioned judge strength of sixty three. Despite the name of city having officially changed from “Calcutta” to “Kolkata” in the year 2001 but the old name is retained by the court as it is an institution. (Wikipedia). Since 1968 onwards Abhijit Ghose did not stop his activities to promote the young budding poets of different states. He established Academy of Bengali Poetry on 1st August 1994. The organization was registered in 1995. If anyone visits any of Academy of Bengali Poetry’s website (www.banglaacademy.in & www.academyofbengalipoetry.com) and can assume the activities of Dr. Abhijit Ghose as a whole. We, all the members are interested for respectable friendship or relation among all categories of people and wanted to promote them as a friend, through our websites. Anyone can join with us to make their worldwide communications for the development of the cultural world. Members of the Young Writers, now the members of Academy were not business minded people at all. So they thought never to make this Kolkatar Ahongkar as a business material. They mixed emotion and tolerance to rebuild the friendship in every possible way. Dr.Abhijit Ghose believes that: “The poets of all different languages are AHONGKAR of Indian Nation”. If you want to know more, kindly visit our websites: www.banglaacademy.in / www.academyofbengalipoetry.com.