Nabarun Bhattacharya

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Nabarun Bhattacharya
Born (1948-06-23) 23 June 1948 (age 66)
Baharampur (Berhampur), West Bengal
Occupation writer, editor
Language Bengali
Notable work(s) Herbert (1994)
Notable award(s) Sahitya Akademi Award (Bengali)
Relative(s) Bijon Bhattacharya (Father)
Mahashweta Devi (Mother)

Nabarun Bhattacharya (born 23 June 1948) is an Indian Bengali writer who is committed to a revolutionary and radical aesthetics. He was born at Baharampur (Berhampur), West Bengal. He is the only child of actor Bijon Bhattacharya and writer Mahashweta Devi.[1]

He is most known for his anarchic novel, Herbert (1993), which was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, and adapted into a film of the same name in 2005, by Suman Mukhopadhyay.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He studied in Kolkata, first Geology, then English, from Calcutta University.[1]

In an interview, Nabarun has said that once he used to be a hardline communist but is no longer so. In response to a question regarding what he thinks to bes the most prominent ideological change in him, he says "I am no longer anthropocentric".[3]


Aside from fiction, he has also written poetry, of which Ei Mrityu Upotyoka Aaamaar Desh Na (This Valley of Death Is Not My Country) is an example.

The characters called Fyataru[edit]

His magic realist writings introduced a strange set of human beings to Bengali readers, called Fyataru (fyat: the sound created by kites while they are flown; otherwise, fyat has also a hint of someone worthless, deriving from the words foto, faaltu; uru: related to flying), who are an anarchic underclass fond of sabotage and are capable of flying whenever they utter the mantra 'fyat fyat sh(n)aai sh(n)aai' (This mantra was made into a song by the popular Bangla band Chandrabindoo in one of its albums[4]). They appear in his books Mausoleum, Kaangaal Maalshaat, Fatarur Bombachaak and Fyatarur Kumbhipaak.[5] Suman Mukhopadhyay, who was basically from a theatrical background, dramatized Kaangaal Maalshaat.[6]

Major works[edit]

  • Kaangaal Maalshaat (Hooghly: Saptarshi Prakashan, 2003)
  • Herbert (Kolkata: Deys, 1994)
  • Lubdhak (Barasat: Abhijan Publishers,(+918017090655) 2006)
  • Ei Mrityu Upotyoka Aamaar Desh Na (Hooghly: Saptarshi, 2004)
  • Halaljhanda o Onyanyo (Hooghly: Saptarshi, 2009)
  • Mahajaaner Aayna (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan, 2010)
  • Fyaturur Kumbhipak (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan)
  • Raater Circus (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan)
  • Anarir Naarigyan (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan)


  1. ^ a b Kartik Chandra Dutt (ed.) (1999). Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M. Sahitya Akademi. p. 164. ISBN 81-260-0873-3. 
  2. ^ Nathan Lee (10 December 2008). "Storm Advisory: Cyclone of a Life on the Horizon". New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Legitimate Anger". Textualities. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ ""Carnival-er Bisphoron" - Review of Nabarun Bhattacharya's "Kangal Malsat", by Tapodhir Bhattacharya - Parabaas Issue 35". Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  6. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta : Metro". 4 March 2006. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 

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