Today marks the 47th death anniversary of Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, one of the finest fiction writers, novelist and story writer of Bengali language. This talented writer of Bengali literature died on this day of 1971 in West Bengal, India.
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay was born on 23 July 1898 in a Zamindar family of Labhpur, Birbhum district of West Bengal to Haridas Bandyopadhyay and Prabhabati Devi. After passing Matriculation examination from Labhpur Jadablal H. E. School, he got admitted first at St. Xavier`s College, Calcutta and then at South Suburban College (now Asutosh College).
Tarashankar worked as a social worker for Congress and was arrested in 1930 for actively supporting the Indian independence movement, but released later that year. He became the President of the Union Board once. In fact, he started his literary work while being imprisoned. Here he started writing `Pashanpuri` and `Chaitali Ghurni`.
On the day of Bandyopadhyay`s release he promised that he would serve the country through literary pursuits. His first novel, `Chaitali Ghurni` was published in 1931. After this, he wrote `Dhatridebata`, `Kalindi`, `Ganadebata`, `Panchagram`, `Manvantar`, `Sandipan Pathshala`, `Jhar O Jharapata`, `Hansuli Banker Upakatha` and `Kavi`.
Bandyopadhyay was in favor of strengthening the friendship of China and India. In 1952, he visited China. Later in 1957, he travelled to Tashkent as an Indian delegation at the Afro Asia Literary Conference. For his novel `Arogya Niketan` Bandyopadhyay got Rabindra Puraskar and Sahitya Akademi Award. He got Jnanpith Award for his novel `Ganadebata`. For his outstanding contribution in literature he was also awarded with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.
In 1971, he expressed his solidarity with the Liberation War of Bangladesh and devoted himself to creating favorable public opinion. The biggest quality of his writings is about the greatness of the human beings. Various images of social change are the subject of his writings. On the death anniversary we remember this leading literary with great respect.