Musicologist Karunamay Goswami passes away

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, July 6th, 2017


Eminent musicologist and litterateur Karunamay Goswami died in a city hospital on July 1. He was 74. He was an educationist, researcher, musicologist, essayist, translator, editor, columnist and fiction writer. He was best known for insightful writings in English and Bengali on Western and Indian music.


Goswami was taken to the hospital after he fell sick on night of June 30. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the eminent music researcher. In a condolence message, she recalled his outstanding contributions to art, literature and music.


Sheikh Hasina also conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.


Though Goswami is widely known as a Nazrul exponent for his elaborate works on the National Poet, he has also published several widely acclaimed research-based works on Rabindranath Tagore and traditional Bangla songs. Goswami completed his PhD on the topic ‘Bangla Kabyo-geetir Dharaye Kazi Nazrul Islam-er Sthan’ from University of Dhaka in 1988. His notable works on Nazrul are – “Aspects of Nazrul Songs” (1990), “Kazi Nazrul Islam: A Profile” (1990) and “Introducing Kazi Nazrul Islam” (1999). “Rabindranath-er Palestine Bhabna O Onnanyo” (2006) is one of his notable works on Tagore. “Stories of Africa” (1975), a translation by Goswami, is the first published work on African literature in our country.


Dr Goswami himself had written books in both English and Bangla — ‘Aspect of Nazrul songs,’ ‘Introducing Kazi Nazrul Islam,’  ‘Nazrul Geeti Proshongo,’ ‘Nazrul Shongeet — Jonopriotaar Shorup Shondhan.’

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