Noted Bengali author and Sahitya Akademi winner Syed Mustafa Siraj passed away at a Kolkata hospital on Tuesday. He was 82.
Siraj was admitted to the hospital on August 30 with intestine infection. He is survived by his wife,two sons and two daughters.
Born in Khoshbaspur village of Murshidabad district in 1930,Siraj has written over 200 books. One of the primary writers of fiction for children in Bengali,his literary character Detective Colonel has a huge fan following among both the young and old alike.
He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi in 1994 for his novel Aleek Manush.
He was not only a contemporary of me but also a very close friend. Among the writers of the 1960s and 70s,there was different spark about him. He had travelled throughout rural Bengal with a folk drama group singing,acting and observing the beauty,which were reflected in the richness of his works. Not only a well-educated person,Siraj also was a thorough gentleman, remembered author Sunil Gangopadhyay. According to him,Siraj was one of the brightest stars of Bengali literature.
While recalling his meetings with Siraj,author Samaresh Majumdar said: I was not very close to him but there was a sort mutual admiration between us.
His body has been kept at a local mortuary. The burial will take place on Wednesday at his native village in Murshidabad.