Sankha Ghosh is widely considered the preeminent poet writing today in Bengali, a language spoken by more than 200 million people. Ghosh was born in Chandpur, Bangladesh in 1932, and currently resides in Kolkata, India. His first book of poems came out in 1956 and he is the author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry and several volumes of literary criticisms. His poetry is renowned for its aural splendor, density of images, and an acerbic tone often directed at perpetrators of social and political malfeasances. Among his numerous awards are the Shahityo Academy Award, the highest award given by the Indian academy of letters and the Padma Bibhushan, a civilian award conferred by the Government of India.