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Happy Birthday Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
12-September-2021 - Beyond the Bengali-speaking world, the name of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay is inescapably associated with Satyajit Ray’s movie adaptation of his classic novel, Pather Panchali. In Pather Pachali, his writing was put to life by Ray in scenes where the children follow the village sweet-seller with a dog trailing them and the procession reflected in a pond; Apu throwing a stolen necklace in the pond to save his sister’s secret, Apu and Durga racing through a field of kaash flowers for their first glimpse of a train or Sarbojaya’s outburst after Harihar comes home and learns of Durga’s death. They are all scenes with a contrast, of joy and anguish, of despair and love. It is said Bibhutibhushan added the character of Durga later, while writing the novel. The idea of Durga popped up after he saw a tribal girl at one of the stations where he was waiting for a train and that’s how he brought in a character that took the novel to a new height. He again went on to adapt Ashani Sanket, the film set in a village during World War II and the Great Famine of 1943, through the eyes of a young Brahmin doctor-teacher, Gangacharan, and his wife, Anaga. But to readers of Bengali, Bandyopadhyay remains an icon, perhaps not as widely read and remembered as Rabindranath Tagore, but still admired by a cult-like following. Bandopadhyay had a rare talent of bringing in the words and world of common village lore to life. Reading Bibhutibhushan is like following a lyrical journey of life. Every detail opens up, before one’s eyes like a movie. Born on 12 September 1894 in a village in Bengal’s Nadia district, Bandyopadhyay had a hard life. Although he was a bright student, he was forced to interrupt his postgraduate studies to earn a living. He took on several odd jobs, from teaching in schools to managing estates, to support his family, while keeping up his writing. By the time he died in 1950, Bandyopadhyay had left behind a rich legacy, in spite of the relatively brief 56 years he lived. More than a dozen works of fiction, hundreds of short stories, a handful of memoirs and essays: His output was diverse, eclectic, prolific. Martin Seymour-Smith, in his Guide to Modern World Literature (1973), describes Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay as "perhaps the best of all modern Indian novelists", going on to write that, "probably nothing in twentieth-century Indian literature, in prose or poetry, comes to the level of Pather Panchali”. It’s a pity that he was posthumously awarded the Rabindra Puraskar in 1951, a literary award in West Bengal, for his novel Ichhamati. Sources : 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibhutibhushan_Bandyopadhyay 2. https://www.livemint.com/mint-lounge/features/remembering-the-evergreen-genius-of-bibhutibhushan-bandyopadhyay-1567762454521.html
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