Today is the 125th birth anniversary of late popular Indian Bengali novelist Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
One of most widely read authors in both West Bengal of India and Bangladesh, Bibhutibhushan was born on September 12, 1894 in Ghoshpada-Muraripur village, near Kanchrapara in the 24-Parganas, West Bengal, India.
Bibhutibhushan’s first short story Upeksita was published in 1921. His first novel Pather Panchali, published in 1929, catapulted him to fame. It still remains one of most widely read Bengali novels. He later penned Aparajita as a sequel to Pather Panchali, which has been translated into several Indian and European languages. Acclaimed filmmaker Satyajit Ray made his debut in 1955 with the film Pather Panchali based on Bibhutibhushan’s debut novel.
His other acclaimed writings include Meghamallar (1931), Mauriphul (1932), Yatrabadal (1934), Chander Pahad (1937), Kinnardal (1938), Aranyak (1939), Adarsha Hindu Hotel (1940), Maraner Dankabaje (1940), Smrtir Rekha (1941), Devayan (1944), Hiramanik Jvale (1946), Utkarna (1946), He Aranya Katha Kao (1948), Ichhamati (1950), Ashani Sangket (1959).
Bibhutibhushan’s works give the readers a glimpse into the rural Bengal where nature and human life exist in close harmony. Creepers, grass, insects and spiders, all have a place in his descriptions of nature.
Besides, he was editor of Chitralekha, a cinema magazine. He also edited Dipak, along with Hemanta Kumar Gupta.
He was posthumously awarded the Rabindra Prize in 1951 for his novel Ichhamati. He died at Ghatshila in Barackpur on November 1, 1950.
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