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Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 20:18 [IST]
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Bengali sports commentary's doyen is no more
Tuesday, February 10 2004 14:48 Hrs (IST)

Kolkata:Doyen of Bengali sports commentary Ajay Bose, who enthralled millions of radio listeners for decades with his golden voice and rich diction, died at a state-run hospital in Kolkata after a prolonged illness.

Bose, also a famed sports journalist, was 84, and left behind his wife and daughter, family sources said.

Sources at the S S K M Hospital said Bose was admitted more than three months back with acute respiratory problem and put on ventilator for quite a long time.

A former sports editor of the now closed Bengali daily 'Jugantar', Bose was one of the pioneers of Bengali sports commentary which took its first nervous steps in 1957. Bose soon became a household name in West Bengal for his flowery language and inimitable style, which made radio listening ahighly enjoyable experience.

Bose holds the unique record of giving commentary on 12 sporting disciplines, and also lent his voice on various other memorable occasions like the felicitation of South African leader Nelson Mandela in 1990.

As a sports scribe, he covered a wide range of events, including the Bangkok Asiad of 1966, the Munich Olympics of 1972, and also visited the erstwhile USSR in 1977 ahead of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

A contemporary of former Test player Pankaj Roy, Bose had played both soccer and cricket for renowned city club Sporting Union as a youth.

A prolific writer, he authored 14 books on sports, and was also a lecturer at the Journalism Department of Calcutta University.


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