Atin Bandyopadhyay

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Atin Bandyopadhyay
Atin Bandyopadhyay photo
Bandyopadhyay in July 2012
Born1 March 1934
Died (aged 84)
AwardsSahitya Akademi Award

Atin Bandyopadhyay or Atin Banerjee (1934–2019) was an Indian writer of Bengali literature.[1]

Early life

He was born in 1934 in a Rarhi Kulin Brahmin family from Sammandi, Bikrampur, Dhaka.[2] He spent his childhood in a joint family set-up in the then East Bengal of undivided India and studied in Sonar Gaon Panam School. Following the Partition, he migrated to India. He earned his undergraduate degree in commerce in 1956 and subsequently earned a teacher's training degree, all from the University of Calcutta. He took various jobs, including; as a sailor, truck-cleaner and primary school teacher. Also he became headmaster of a senior basic school. He became the head master of Satui Rajendra Narayan High School which is situated near the Chowrigacha Railway Station in the Murshidabad district. Bandyopadhyay settled permanently in Kolkata in 1986. Here also he took on various jobs like factory manager, publication advisor and lastly journalist.[3]

Career as a writer

Bandyopadhyay's first story was published in the magazine Abasar of Berhampore. He later penned many works, but, his masterpiece is considered to be a four-part tetralogy on the Partition; Nilkantha Pakhir Khonje,"Manusher Gharbari" Aloukik Jalajan and Ishwarer Bagan. Another famous writer of Bengal, Syed Mustafa Siraj has compared Nilkantha Pakhir Khonje, with Greek tragedies and also found it tuned with the core spirit of Bengali literature like Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's Pather Panchali.[4]

Selected works

Works for younger audience

  • Uronto Torobari (Ananda Pub)
  • Gini Rohosyo (Ananda Pub)
  • Binnir Khoi Lal Batasa (Ananda Pub)
  • Dosti Kishore Uponyas (Ananda Pub)
  • Paloker Tupi(Punascha)
  • Neel Timi(Karuna Prakashoni)
  • Fentur Sada Ghora(Karuna Prakashoni)

Dosti Kishore Uponyas

  • Fentur Sada Ghora
  • Rajar Bari
  • Binnir Khoi Lal Batasa
  • Aronyorajye Mandela
  • Neel Timi
  • Uronto Torobari
  • Hirer Cheyeo Dami
  • Ekti joler rekha o Ora teen jon
  • Gini Rohosyo
  • Dustu Hititi


  1. "Bengali Writer Atin Bandyopadhyay Passes Away". The Wire. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  2. "Atin Bandyopadhyay, 1934". LOC. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. "Noted Writer Atin Bandyopadhyay Passes Away". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. Ishwarer Bagan by Atin Bandyopadhyay, 1st combined edition, Karuna Prakashani, Kolkata, Oct. 2000

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