Addressing the gathering, the President said he was a mere reader and not an expert. President Mukherjee said that he has read many of the works of Sunil Gangopdhyay and been extremely impressed with his talent as well as the amount of historical research which went into his writing.

He congratulated the winners of the awards and complimented The Bengal, a cultural organization, for its contributions to art, culture and literature.

The Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award was instituted in 2012 by 'The Bengal'.

(Agencies)

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