He was one of the few promising writers who took Bengali prose to a unique height after the 1970s. The specialty of his writings is assembling many characters in the story. But still, there is no discrepancy anywhere in the story even after shifting so many characters. Rather he can tie all the characters in a helical way. There are very few writers of this quality in Bengali literature. He is none other than the famous Bengali author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay who has written stories for both the adult and children. And today marks the 83rd birth anniversary of this author, equally popular in two parts of the Bengal. On this day of 1935, he was born in Mymensingh Bengal Presidency, East Bengal (Present Bangladesh).
Although his ancestral home was in Bikrampur of undivided Bengal, he had spent his childhood in different places in East Bengal due to his father`s transferable job. During the Partition (1947), his family shifted to West Bengal. There he traveled in many places of Assam and Bihar with his family. After his father`s retirement, they settled in North Bengal`s Siliguri. He passed the intermediate from the Victoria College, Koch Bihar before taking a Masters in Bengali from Calcutta University.
He started his career through teaching. Currently, he is associated with Anandabazar Patrika. His first story was published in Desh magazine in 1959. After seven years, his first novel `Ghunpoka` was published in the same magazine. The reader did not respond much to that novel. Shirshendu basically made his place in the literary world, through his young adult fiction `Jaopakhi`. It was published in 1976. Another characteristic of his writings is that women`s characters created in his novel are very strong. In his popular novels like Jaopakhi, Maanabjamin, Parthibo, Chakra, the presence of powerful female characters is notable. `Manojaderadbhutbaari` was his first work for children. Many of his novels written for children were later adopted in movies.
Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay got Vidyasagar Award in 1985 for his contribution to children`s literature. He got Ananda Purashkar twice. For his novel Manabjamin, he was honored with Sahitya Akademi award in 1988. Last he received `Banga Bibhushan` award in 2012.
On his birth anniversary, we wish Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay a sound and healthy life.