Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay: Renowned Novelist of Bengal

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay is one of the greatest novelist and story writer that Bengal has ever produced.

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay was born on 12th September, 1894 in his maternal's house in Ghoshpara-Muratipur, near Halisahar in Nadia of Bengal. His ancestral house from father's side is in Barackpore village, Jessore District. His father, Mahananda Bandyopadhyay was a Sanskrit scholar and also a Kathak. Though he spend his life in poverty, he carried on his education and passed his schooling from Bongaon High School. Later he completed undergraduate degree in History, at the Surendranath College, Kolkata. Even he was admitted in M.A. course in law in Calcutta University but failed to carry on his education due to poverty.

Bibhutibhusan started his career in writings novel and short-stories at a time when there was examination going on in this field, regarding social degradation and economic imbalance. But Bibhutibhusan put emphasized on simple life, human figures and environmental pleasure of on rural Bengal and the struggle of those people. His writings are very simple, ambiguity-less and straight. Realism is another main part of his novels. He portrayed a beautiful combination of human beings and nature. He didn't complex the human life and draws the peaceful picture of the life. Human beings, animals, birds, rivers, jungle, etc were his main components of his stories and he succeeded in making these things lively in his writings.One of his greatest creation is "Pather Panchali", where the a travel of a human beings among the heap of joy and sorrow is portrayed. Later famous film-director, Satyajit Ray makes film on "Pather Panchali".
Some of his creations are:

Novel: Pather Panchali, Aparajito( sequel of Pather PAnchali), Aranyak, Chander Pahar, Heera Manik Jwale, Adarsha Hindu Hotel, Ichhamati, Bipiner Sangsar, Anubartan, Kosi Pranganeyer Chitthi, Dristi Pradeep, Debjan, Ashani Sanket, Kedar Raja, Dampati, Sundarbane Sat Batsar(which he can't completed), Dui Bari, Kajol(Sequel of Aparajito and Completed By His Son Taradas), Mismider Kabach, Jatrabadol, MeghaMallar, Mauriphool, Tal Nabami, Kinnordol,

This famous writer passed away on 1st November, 1950 due to heart attack. This writer who create his own signature-mark style in Bengali literature was correctly titled as "Mahiruha Mahidas" by Sunitikumar Chattopadhoy.


Guest Author: Anirban12 Jan 2011

I'm reading bibhutibhushan's panther panchali.i've realised that a huge body of brilliant thoughts and philosophy was hitherto hidden from my realm of consciousness.his lyricism,his philosophical moorings,his poetic description of human imaginations -its comparable to the greatest works of tolstoy and turgenyv.every line i read,i want to read it aloud.the songs of human happiness and joy,are immortal.i never knew bengali literature is transcedental but once i've realised i'm going to read the entire body of bengali parchments for the next one year.

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