Today marks the 124th anniversary of birth of one of the most popular Bengali novelists Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay, who is famous for writing wonderful narratives of the rural people.
His unique literary works, including, Pather Panchali (1929), Aparajita (1931), 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) and others are still very popular among the contemporary urban readers.
Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay was born in 1894 Ghoshpada-Muraripur village, near Kanchrapara in the 24-Parganas, West Bengal, India.
Dubbed as a great realist of Bangla literature, Bibhutibhushan’s writings portray lives and struggles of the rural people around him. He portrayed the harsh realities and routine rituals of the rural Bengal, its people and beliefs spontaneously in his wonderful novels and stories such as Pather Panchali, Aparajita, Ichhamati and Bipiner Sangsar.
His first short story Upekkhita was published in 1921 in Probashi, a leading literary magazine of Kolkata. His first novel Pather Panchali (1929) is considered to be his masterpiece.
Though he was admitted to the MA and Law classes, he did not continue his studies and started teaching at a school in Hughli. Throughout his life he struggled for poverty but never compromised with anything.
Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay died on November 1, 1950.