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Guha, Chinmoy

Chinmoy Guha former Head, Department of English, University of Calcutta and former Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India

Chinmoy Guha is Professor of English and former Head, Department of English, University of Calcutta. He has also served as the Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and the Director of Publications, Embassy of France in India, New Delhi.

A leading essayist in Bengali and a distinguished translator of French literature, he has been the editor of the book reviews of the Bengali literary magazines Desh and Boier Desh. He has published nearly 20 books, including Where the Dreams Cross: T. S. Eliot and French Poetry, The Tower and the Sea: Romain Rolland-Kalidas Nag Correspondence 1922–1938, a new biography of Victor Hugo, and has translated La  Rochefoucauld’s Maxims, Flaubert’s The Dictionary of Received Ideas, Romain Rolland’s Danton, and André Gide’s Strait is the Gate (Sahitya Akademi).

His Latest books are two new collections of essays in Bengali Chilekothhar Unmadini and Garho Shankher Khonje, a book of interviews with Mrinal Sen, Gayatri Chakravarty Spivak, Tapan Raychaudhuri, Badal Sircar, Buddhadev Dasgupta and others, The Tower and the Sea: Romain Rolland-Kalidas Nag Correspondence 1922–1938 (2010), a monograph on Romain Rolland jointly written with a Swiss scholar and two new anthologies of 20th century French Poetry.

Apart from the Knighthood of Academic Palms from France, he has won the Lila Roy award for Translation of the West Bengal Government (2008), the Henri Louis Derozeo bicentenary award (2010) and the Swatantra Samman (2012).