Story of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
What comes to your mind when you first hear the name Bibhutibhushan? ‘Pother Panchali? ‘ Today we’ll talk about the creator of this who, of course, introduced us to nature, love, and life around us. He had earned a huge amount of popularity before and after Togor’s age.
Born on September 12, 1894, in muraripur village of Uttar chobbish porgona district, he was the eldest of five siblings. His father was a renowned Sanskrit scholar. Mahananda Bandopadhay. Mrinaliny Devi was the mother.
His early education started with his father. After changing a few, he got admitted into’ Bangram English high school.’ His father died when he was in class eight, as the elder, all the responsibility came upon him and with all these, he sat for the entrance exam in 1914 following the first position. He was one of his kind from the beginning. Later on, he got his undergraduate degree in history, Sanskrit from Surendhanath College (Ripon college then). He started his M.A. in law too, but couldn’t afford the postgraduate courses at the University of Calcutta.
He tied the knot with Gauri Devi in 1919 who, unfortunately, died the next year. He, then left the study and took off from the regular life, and became an ascetic. After spending quite a few years, he again married Roma Devi, from faridpur in 1940. With an age difference of 29 years, they brought their only child Taradash Bandopadhayay, after seven years of togetherness.
Traveling a lot, he decided to be a teacher and taught in ‘Gopanagar har iPad Institute’ in bangaon till the last day. He came out as a literature person in 1921 with the story ‘Upekshita’, published in prabashi newspaper in Magh edition. He started writing Pather Panchali in 1925 and finished in 1928. He didn’t receive any critics before the publishing of Pather Panchali in ‘Bichita.’ This bought him vast obscurity in Bengali literature. Then, he wrote the sequel ‘oporajito,’ which later, was made movies by Satyajit Roy. Pather Panchali was also nominated for Oscar. He had a hard childhood. Rural areas hold a big space in his writing. Rural Bengal was a big inspiration for him. Almost all his works focus on rural people, their beauty. Nature was another comfort zone for him. River, forest, scenic views are the main elements. Hornyak, Ichamati, Adarsh Hindu hotel, Bipiner Sansarm are primary examples.
He also wrote for the preaudlt.‘Chander Pahar’ is one of the most popular works of him for teenagers. He also wrote the famous ‘Taranath Tantrik, which was later carried on by his son Taradash Bandyopadhyay. He received the Rabindra prize for the novel ‘Ichamati’ in 1951. Bibhutibhusan died on 1 November 1950, at his residence in ghatshila due to a heart attack.
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