Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay: One of the best architects of Bengali novels

November 17, 2018
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhya
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay; Born on 12th September, 1894 in the village of Ghoshpara-Muraripur, near Kanchrapara in the 24 Pargna district of West Bengal. His ancestral home was in Barrackpore village of that district. His father Mahananda Bandyopadhyay was a Sanskrit scholar; He was awarded the title of ‘Shastri’ for scholarship story-telling.

Bibhutibhushan started studying in his village’s school. He was always a meritorious student. he passed the Entrance (1914) and Intermediate Arts (1916) examinations with the feat. Bandyopadhyay completed his undergraduate degree in economics, history, and sanskrit at the Surendranath College (then Ripon College) in Kolkata. After that, he took admission to the MA and the law classes but could not complete his post graduation course. In 1919, he took up the profession of teaching at a minor school in Hooghly.

For some time, he traveled to different areas of Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Arakan as a mobile preacher of Gorakhini Sabha. Later, he became the secretary at the house of Khelatchandra Ghosh and the assistant manager of his Bhagalpur estate. After teaching for some time at Khelatchandra Memorial School in Dharmatala, he joined Gopalnagar School and he was working there till his death.

The literary life of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay began in 1328 BS (1921) by publishing the first story “Upekshita” in Magh Prabasi. In 1925 (in Bhagalpur), he started writing Pather Panchali and finished in 1928.

pather panchali

His other notable books are:

Aparajito (1931)
Meghmallar (1931)
Mauriful (1932)
Jatrabodol (1932)
Chander Pahar (1937)
Kinnordol (1938)
Aranyak (1939)
Adarsha Hindu Hotel (1940)
Moroner Danka Baje (1940)
Sritir Rekha (1941)
Debjan (1944)
Hire Manik Jale (1946)
Utkarna (1946)
He Aranya Katha Kau (1948)
Ichhamati (1950)
Ashani Sanket (1950)