Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, today announced the Winners ofOUP’s first ever Bengali Story Writing Competition. The winners were announced at the ongoing Kolkata Book Fair 2019 and received certificates from Mr. Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, a renowned writer, well-known for his contribution to Bengali literature. OUP launched the Bengali Story Writing Competition in mid-December and invited entries in three categories – students (classes 4-8), teachers and the general public. The competition got an overwhelming response and received nearly 1000 submissions.
OUP also organized an interesting panel discussion on this occasion on the subject – “Chotoder Upor Golper Probhaab” (Impact of stories on children). The speakers on the panel included Mr. Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay and members of story writing competition judges’ panel – Prof.Gopa Dutta (Bhaumik), former Head, Department of Bengali, Jadavpur University, Ms. Binata Roychowdhury, Professor – Bengali Department, Bijoy Krishna Girls’ College, Howrah and Mr. Tamal Bandyopadhyay, teacher and contemporary Bengali fiction novelist. The panelists shared their views on how stories play a vital role in the growth and holistic development of children.
Congratulating the winners, Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India said “We are delighted with the response received, from children and adults alike, to the first-ever Bengali story writing competition. Such initiatives help develop imagination, creativity and writing skills, especially in young children. We are conscious of the depth of our country’s linguistic and literary culture and hence promoting Indian languages, through initiatives such as these, is very central to our mission.”
The submitted storiesfor the competition were evaluated by the panel of judges, based on factors like creativity, imagination, originality of tone and style. The story writing competitionwas aimed at celebrating the love for Bengali literature and also to promote Bengali creative writing among all age groups and provide the budding writers an opportunity to reach out to a larger audience.