Awards are not new for poet and prominent Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. But each time it brings newness in perspective and a fresh spurt of energy to work harder. He has given Bengali cinema some of its cult films like Bagh Bahadur (1989), Charachar (1993), Lal Darja (1997), Mondo Meyer Upakhyan (2002), Kaalpurush (2008), Dooratwa (1978) and Tahader Katha (1993), among others. This time, he was conferred the Rabindra Smriti Puraskar for his contribution to Bengali literature as a poet. “I have received a lot of recognition for my filmmaking and those are of course dear to me. But getting recognised for being a poet is equally encouraging. I have not always got the time to write poetry a lot amid filmmaking,” he said, adding, “As we all know, this is the highest recognition for authors and poets in Bengali literature in the state. This is very prestigious for me.”
Interestingly, the award has had a lot of change in its selection procedure over the years. From 1950 to 1982, this award was conferred on one or more writers for a particular outstanding work of theirs. From 1983 to 2003, this award was conferred to one or more writers as recognition for their achievement throughout their career. In 2004 and 2005, again this award was conferred on one or more writers for a particular outstanding work. Since 2006, this award is again back to being conferred on one or more writers as lifetime achievement. So, does he think the award needs to keep both the selections open each year? “This is the concern of the people who are conferring the award on us. Not for people who are receiving to decide on this. Many stalwarts of Bengali literature have been awarded with this. I think both the selection
procedures are fine,” he said, adding, “In my case, I received it for a collection of six of my poems that was published recently. So, this is for one book of mine as well as my work as a whole.”
He also informed that next year the second volume of his collection of poems will be published. “Poetry is like the blood flowing in my body. It will always be there.” he signed off.
Source: The Times of India