Kolkata, Sep 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid homage to great writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay on his death anniversary.
“From ‘Satyanweshi’ Byomkesh Bakshi to ‘Bhootanweshi’ Boroda - Saradindu Bandyopadhyay has gifted us many memorable characters. Homage to the great writer on his death anniversary,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
Born on March 30, 1899, Bandyopadhyay was a Bengali-language writer. He was also actively involved with Bengali cinema as well as Bollywood. His most famous creation is the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi. The first Byomkesh Bakshi work appeared in 1932. One of his earliest stories, Raktasandhya, appeared in Bengali in 1939 and was
later included in The Scarlet Dusk (2003), a collection of 5 of his stories translated into English.
He moved to Mumbai in 1938 to write screenplays for Bombay Talkies and other film banners. He gave up ties with the film industry in 1952, and moved to Pune, to concentrate on writing. Bandyopadhyay wrote several ghost stories, historical romances and children's stories in Bengali over the next 18 years. Byomkesh Bakshi is a detective. He calls himself Satyanweshi or the truth-seeker.
He wrote different forms of prose: novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. However, his forte was short stories and novels. Bandyopadhyay wrote historical fiction like Kaler Mandira, GourMollar (initially named as Mouri Nodir There), Tumi Sandhyar Megh, Tungabhadrar Teere (all novels), Chuya-Chandan, Maru O Sangha (later made into a Hindi film named Trishangni) and stories of the supernatural with the recurring character Baroda, the Ghost Investigator. In addition, he wrote many songs and poems.
Bandyopadhyay was awarded the Rabindra Puraskar in 1967 for the novel Tungabhadrar Teere by the government of West Bengal. The Calcutta University honoured him with the Sarat Smriti Purashkar in 1967. He was awarded by 'Amrita Bazar Patrika' at Nkhil Bharat Bangasahitya sammelan held in Nagpur,1996. The Central government of India awarded him for his teenage literature "Sadashiber teen kanda" in 1960. Also, Amrita Bazar Patrika and Yugantar Patrika awarded him the 'Matilal Puraskar' in 1958. He had planned to write more Sadashib stories following Shivaji's Ascent to the throne but his untimely death on this day in 1970 actually brought an abrupt end to this historic adventure series for children.