Ranjon Ghoshal, the founding member of one of the first Indian Bengali rock bands -- Moheener Ghoraguli, passed away today at the age of 65 due to cardiac arrest. Based in Bengaluru, Ghoshal was also known as a theatre director. His theatre group Forum Three have produced some well-known plays including A Matter of Life and Death, an English adaptation of Badal Sircar's timeless Bengali classic Baki Itihash (The Other Side of History), Ek Sunehra Bageecha and more recently Schweyk, The Warrior, an anti-war musical comedy, which is a reminiscent of Bertolt Brecht's much talked 1943 play Schweik in the Second World War.
Ghoshal was born in June 7, 1955 in Memari, Burdwan, West Bengal. His parents Leela and Tarapada Ghoshal were from Barisal. In 1975, after forming the band Moheener Ghoraguli, Ghoshal was there as presenter and later, as a lyricist. The tracks Bheshe Ashe Kolkata, Shongbigno Pakhikul, and Maroon Shondhyalok from the first album titled Shongbigno Pakhikul of Moheener Ghoraghuri band was written by him. In the later decades, Ghoshal used to handle media interaction, artwork of the records, cover designing, and publicity material for the band.
Many renowned artistes from India and Bangladesh mourned his demise.