: শরদিন্দু বন্দোপাধ্যায়) (30 March 1899
– 22 September 1970
) was a well known literary
figure of Bengal
. He was also actively involved with Bengali cinema
as well as Bollywood
. One of his immortal creations is the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi
. Later he shifted to Pune
Sharadindu Bandopadhyay wrote different forms of prose: novels, short stories, plays and screenplays. However, his forte was short stories and novels. To aficionados of his writings, his historical fictions like kaaler mandiraa, gouRo mollar (initially named as Mouri Nodir tirey), tumi sandhyara megh, tungabhadraar teere (all novels), chua-chandan, maru o sangha (later made into a Hindi film named Trishangni) and stories of the unnatural with the recurring character Barada score high points.
Shradindu's writing was well researched, mellifluous, humorous and full of insights into human nature and contemporary urban Bengali society.
Sharadindu was born to Tarabhushan and Bijaliprabha Bandyopadhyay at Jaunpur
in Uttar Pradesh
. He passed the matriculation examination in 1915 and took admission in Vidyasagar college. While studying in Vidyasagar College
, he published his first work, Jaubansmriti
, a collection of poems, at the age of 20. In 1919, he passed the B.A. examination. He studied law in Patna and then devoted his time to writing. The first Byomkesh Bakshi work appeared in 1932. One of his earliest stories, Raktasandhya
, appeared in Bengali
in 1939. It was later included in "The Scarlet Dusk" (2003), a collection of 5 of his stories translated into English.
He moved to Bombay 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. He wrote several ghost stories, historical romances and children's stories in Bengali over the next 18 years. He died in 1970.
List of works
- Kaaler Mandira (1951)
- Gaur Mallar (1954)
- Tumi Sandhyar Megh (1958)
- Kumarsambhaber Kabi (1963)
- Tungabhadrar Tire (1965)
- Jatismar (1933)
- Chua Chandan (1935)
- Bish Kanya (1942)
- Shada Prithibi (1948)
- Amon Dine (1963)
- Shankha Kankan (1963)
- Sharadindu Omnibus (in 12 volumes) (edited by Pratul Chandra Gupta and published by the Ananda Publishers, Kolkata).
(See also Byomkesh Bakshi for individual stories featuring this detective)
As screenplay writer :
- Durga (1939)
- Kangan (1939)
- Navjeevan (1939)
- Azad (1940)
Films based on Sharadindu's writings
Bandyopadhyay was awarded the Rabindra Purashkar
in 1967 for the novel Tungabhadrar Tirey
. The Calcutta University
honoured him with the Sarat Smriti Purashkar
in 1967 too.