Pinaki Thakur (left) and, Dibyendu Palit in file photographs.
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Kolkata: It’s a winter of tragedies and sadness in Bengal as the state is losing one after another jewel from its creative world!

After singer Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, poet Nirendranath Chakraborty, filmmaker Mrinal Sen in the past few days, now a noted author and, a poet have succumbed to the inevitable cruelty called death.

Noted author Dibyendu Palit, 79, breathed his last at KPC Medical College and Hospital at Jadavpur in south Kolkata around noon today. He was suffering from a chest infection and, was admitted to the hospital yesterday.

Palit was born at Bhagalpur in Bihar in 1939 and, began his writing career with Anandabazar Patrika in 1955.

As for livelihood, he worked as sub-editor in a now extinct English daily and then as an advertising department official in a few other dailies published from Kolkata.

Palit has penned nearly a dozen Bengali novels and several stories. In 1984 he was conferred the Ananda Puraskar for his novel Sahajoddha, Bankim Puraskar in 1990 and, Sahitya Academi award in 1998 for his novel Anubhab.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has offered her condolence through a tweet. “Saddened at the passing away of veteran writer Dibyendu Palit. My condolences to his family and admirers.”

The mortal remains of the author have been kept at a  mortuary in the city as the cremation will take place after son comes from Singapore. Palit had lost his wife a few years ago.

If Palit’s departure was not enough, noted poet Pinaki Thakur, 58, also breathed his last today in Kolkata.

Thakur, who was a native of Bansberia in Hooghly, was suffering from cerebral fever since 21 December and, was admitted to JNM Hospital Kalyani on 22 December. He was relocated to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on 28 December.

Thakur breathed his last around 9 this morning at SSKM Hospital. His body has been cremated at his native place in Hooghly.

He has penned several celebrated poetry collections such as Chumbaner Knhata, Akalbasanta, etc. He was conferred the Ananda Puraskar in 2012 for Chumbaner Knhata.