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Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, 1935-


Image of Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, 1935- (photo credit: Bikas Das)

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  1. Ghunapoka.
    1. samskarana. Kalakata : Ananda Publishers, 1994.
    (LCCN: sa 68006155)
  2. Bhalabasa.
    Kalakata : Ankura Pustakalaya, 1993
    (LCCN: 93907475)
  3. Parthiba.
    Kalakata : Ananda Publishers, 1996.
    (LCCN: 95904138)

Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay was born on November 2, 1935 in Bikrampur, Dhaka, in present day Bangladesh. He is recognized as one of the finest writers of modern Bengali literature. His approach to writing is intelligent, sensitive and lively, yet always somewhat detached. He began his writing career during West Bengal's turbulent 1960s with the debut of his novel Ghunapoka startling its readers with the charm of its characters and its introspectiveness. His characterizations of Jao Pakhi, Parapar, Durabina, and Parthiba stand out as true representatives of a time and place.

As a master story teller, Mukhopadhyay focuses more on the gradual revelation of his characters than on the narration of events. His novels and short stories reveal an undercurrent of love and faith in humanity over human violence and aggression. During his career he has experimented with detective fiction, and stories infused with a sense of surrealism. In addition to his fiction for adults, he has published fiction and science fiction for children.

He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989 for his novel Manabajamina. In 1975, his contribution to children's literature was recognized by the West Bengal Government with the Vidyasagar Puraskar. He is a three time winner of the Ananda Puraskar and a recipient of the Bhualka Puraskar in 1988.

The Library of Congress owns sixty-three titles by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay including works in translation.

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