Thursday, November 04, 2010

Farewell, P. Lal

Calcutta lost one of her illustrious sons yesterday, when Purushottam Lal, teacher of literature, poet, writer, trans-creator and publisher, passed away yesterday, at the age of 81.

A magnetic personality, he had inspired generations of students, poets and writers. He represented the best of Calcutta's cosmopolitanism and intellectual vitality.

He shall be deeply missed, and Calcutta will never be the same again.

The Alumni Association of St. Xavier's College (where Professor Lal taught for a substantial portion of his life) will hold a memorial service for him on Saturday, 13th November at 3 PM.

My earlier post on Prof Lal is here.

Read P. Lal's obituary in The Economist here.