Manik Bandopadhyay or Manik Banerjee, born as Prabodh Kumar Bandhopadhay, is regarded as the legendary writer and novelist of Bengali literature. He is recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern Bengali fiction who have enriched 20th century Bengali literature with their creative excellence. Producing around forty novels and more than two hundred short stories in a short lifespan of 48 years, he has taken Bengali literature to another direction.
Manik Bandopadhay was born today (May 19) in 1908 in a small town called Dumka in the district of Santal Paragona in the state of Bihar in India. Since his childhood Manik was carefree and adventurous in character. But he also possessed a very sensitive soul. He lost his mother when he was only sixteen and this incident left a deep mark in his psyche. His notable works include `Divaratrir Kavya` (A Poem of the Day and the Night), `Padma Nadir Majhi` (The Boatman of Padma River), Putul Nacher Etikatha (The Tale of Puppet Dance) and many others.
Writing was the only source of income for Manik Bandopadhyay throughout his life and hence he lived in perpetual poverty. However, for a short while he tried to enhance his earning through involvement with one or two literary magazines. Manik Bandopadhyay`s writing was inspired by both Marxian philosophy and Freudian philosophy - which are quite contrasting in nature.
Since early life he had struggled with poverty and epilepsy. The signs of epilepsy first surfaced when he was engaged in writing Padma Nadir Majhi and Putul Nacher Etikatha. On 3rd December 1956, this highly talented writer collapsed and fell into a coma. He was admitted to the Nilratan Government Hospital, Calcutta on 2nd December where he breathed his last the next day.
Though he was rewarded with a short lifetime, he has crowned our literature with his unique creation. Today, on his 111th birth anniversary, Bangla Insider remembers this great storyteller with profound respect.