The birth centenary of noted ornithologist Ajay Home, who traveled extensively every nook and corner of Bengal and adjacent regions and scientifically studied habits and behaviours of birds before writing his unique books like "Banglar Pakhi" ( Birds of Bengal)and " Chena Achena Pakhi" (Known and unknown birds), was observed today.
This fact was revealed by various speakers who assembled here to celebrate the birth centenary of the famous ornithologist organised jointly by Bongiyo Bijnan Parishad and Ajoy Home Centenary Committee at Satyendra Nath Bose Sabagriha here.
Born in 1913, he was the author of seminal texts on birds of West Bengal and adjacent regions.
These were the results of his 40 years of experience in scientifically studying birds over the course of his extensive travels.
The most widely regarded by bird lovers among these were 'Banglar Pakhi' and 'Chena Achena Pakhi', the latter being awarded a posthumous Rabindra Puroshkar by the West Bengal government in 1996. Cover of "Banglas Pakhi" was designed by film maestro Satyajit Ray. Home passed away during June 1992.
Dr Parul Chakraborty, Emeritus Professor and trustee of Bose Institute and art historian Pranab Ranjan Roy all spoke of their long personal associations with Ajoy Home, his welcoming nature, depth of knowledge about birds and attempts at pioneering various orgranisations for awareness about nature and conservation in West Bengal.
Mr Roy mentioned that the works of Ajoy Home was equally well known to bird lovers in Bangladesh. Bird watcher Subrata Chakraborty recalled Home's weekly column in the Bengali daily 'Ajkal' on nature and conservation called 'Prakriti Premir Chokhe.'
Apart from birds, Home was a keen watcher of sports and used to write a column on sports in Sandesh. UNI PC BM sdg 1934 NNNN
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