Dr Chinmoy Guha conferred "Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite"
Kolkata, 30 November 2019
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, today conferred the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre nationale du Mérite on Dr Chinmoy Guha, noted litterateur and professor, during a special ceremony at the Consulate General of France in Kolkata.
The honour came in recognition of his achievements for the French language, supporting Indo-French academic collaborations, and his steadfast commitment to nurturing cultural bonds between France and India.
Dr Chinmoy Guha (b. 1958 in Kolkata) is regarded as one of the most distinguished scholars of French in India and belongs to the heritage of the Renaissance in Bengal. He is a reputed scholar and translator of French language and literature, as well as a writer in the Bengali, English and French languages.
Professor of English and former Chairperson, University of Calcutta, he has served previously as Vice-Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; taught French at Alliance Française de Calcutta for eleven years (1987-1998); and been Director of Bureau du Livre, Embassy of France in India, New Delhi (1998-1999).
An essayist and critic, Guha has edited the book reviews of the prestigious Bengali literary magazine Desh and published more than 25 books, including Where the Dreams Cross: T S Eliot and French Poetry, Remembering Sartre, The Tower and the Sea: Romain Rolland-Kalidas Nag Correspondence 1922-1938, a new biography of Victor Hugo, and two anthologies of contemporary French poetry.
He has written on a wide range of subjects including the Nouveau roman and Sartre, and has translated into Bengali La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims, Flaubert’s Le Dictionnaire des idées reçues, André Gide’s Strait is the Gate and two anthologies of contemporary French poetry. He has translated the poetry of Apollinaire, Francis Ponge, Henri Michaux, René Char, Jacques Prévert, Blaise Cendrars, Benjamin Péret, Tristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, Eugène Gullievic.
Guha has worked as DEA at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (for Humanities and Social Sciences), Paris in 2009 and 2014. He has also has researched and lectured at universities in various countries, including France, U.K., Switzerland, and Mauritius.
Guha is the recipient of the Lila Roy State Award for Translation (2008), the Derozio Bicentenary Award (2009) and the Swatantra Samman (2012). He has previously received the French Government distinctions of Chevalier des Palmes académiques (2010) and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2013).