Anil Acharya

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Anil Acharya
OccupationEssayist, writer, poet
Known forEditor of Anustup literary magazine[1][2][3]

Anil Acharya (Bengali: অনিল আচার্য) is an Indian Bengali scholar, essayist, short story writer and poet. In 1966, he founded the Bengali literary quarterly and little magazine Anustup.[4]

Education[edit | edit source]

Acharya graduated with an honors degree in English literature from the Scottish Church College.[5] Thereafter he earned his master's degree in English literature from the University of Calcutta.

Career[edit | edit source]

Acharya taught English at Serampore College, later becoming the departmental head and establishing the college's Communicative English programme.[citation needed] His work has included the Collection, Collation, Digitalization of Texts and other Lingual Matter in the Corpora for the Bengali Language for The Secretary General Literature Arts National Culture & Educational Research Society, Kolkata.[6]

He is a member of the Publisher and Bookseller's Guild, the organisers of the Kolkata Book Fair, which is Asia's largest book fair and the most attended book fair in the world.[7][better source needed] He was elected Secretary of the Guild for three successive terms, between 1996-1998, and during his tenure, the noted French Philosopher Jacques Derrida inaugurated the Kolkata Book Fair in 1997.

Since 1986, he was written and edited the quarterly journal, Anustup,[8] and has also founded an English language literary periodical for translated short stories from Bengali, called Harvest. In 1970, he assisted the Australian director Paul Cox as the assistant director in making the documentary on Calcutta. He was also the associate producer of Paul Cox's film "Force of Destiny" released in 2014.[9] He is currently associated with St. Thomas' College of Engineering and Technology, Kolkata.[10]

Between February 2013 and February 2015, he wrote a regular Sunday column in the Bengali newspaper 'Ei Somoy', called "Nipaatone Siddho".[citation needed] It documented the myriad experiences that played out across four decades in the Bengali cultural and political landscape, and shaped Anustup and what it stands for.Template:Unclear-inline He is also the author of the Bengali book titled "Parasmaipadi" which is a collection of his selected articles.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

In 2012, he was appointed as a Tagore National Scholar by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India.[11]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Das, Soumitra (20 July 2008). "Little things mean a lot". The Telegraph India. Archived from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  2. No Revolutionary but Editor of a Revolutionary Paper in Samar Sen. Nityapriya Ghosh, Sahitya Akademi, 2001, p. 77.
  3. Dasgupta, Priyanka (1 July 2012). "The New Golden Age". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  4. Anustup website's profile of the editor. Retrieved on 9 September 2013
  5. Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008, p. 588.
  6. "Grants in Aid for Year 2007-08". Central Institute of Indian Languages. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  7. Acharya, Anil (29 January 2003). "In this bazaar, cash flows thick & fast". Times of India. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  8. Acharya, Anil (21 April 2021). "শঙ্খ ঘোষ যেন আজকের রাজাকেও প্রশ্ন করেন, বিচার দেবার আগে জেনে নাও প্রশ্ন করো তুমি কোন্ দল!". Zee News Bengali. Retrieved 27 April 2021. 'Anushtup' magazine was started in 1986.
  9. Windsor, Harry (13 August 2015). "'Force of Destiny': Melbourne Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  10. Calcutta[permanent dead link]
  11. National Library Kolkata newsletter