Bani Basu

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Bani Basu
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Bani Basu
Born (1939-03-11) 11 March 1939 (age 80)
OccupationWriter, Professor in English

Bani Basu (born 11 March 1939[1]) is a prolific Bengali Indian author, essayist, critic, poet, translator and professor. She received her formal education from the well-known Lady Brabourne College, Scottish Church College and at the University of Calcutta where she received M.A. in English.


Basu began her career as a novelist with the publication of Janmabhoomi Matribhoomi. A prolific writer, she started her career as an original author from 1980, first in “Anandamala”, a Juvenile Magazine, then in “Desh” and other periodicals of the time. Now she is renowned as a Novelist, short story writer, essayist, writing for children and teenagers as well. Some of her fictions have been made into films & TV Serial.[2] The broad range of her fiction deals with gender, history, mythology, society, psychology, adolescence, music, sexual orientation, the supernatural, and more. Her major works include Swet Patharer Thaala (The Marble Salver), Ekushe Paa (twenty One Steps), Maitreya Jataka (published as The Birth of the Maitreya by Stree), Gandharvi, Pancham Purush (The Fifth Man, or Fifth Generation?) and Ashtam Garbha (The Eighth Pregnancy). She was awarded the Tarashankar Award for Antarghaat (Treason), and the Ananda Purashkar for Maitreya Jataka. She is also the recipient of the Sushila Devi Birla Award and the Sahitya Setu Puraskar. She translates extensively into Bangla and writes essays, short stories and poetry.


  • Swet Patharer Thala (1990)
  • Gandharbi (1993)
  • Mohana (1993)
  • Ekushe Pa (1994)
  • Maitreya Jataka (1999)
  • Upanyasa Panchaka (1999)
  • Ashtama Garbha (2000)

Film and Television serial based on her Books[3][edit]

  • Swet Patherer Thala (Film)
  • Gandharvi (Film and TV Serial)
  • Ekushe Pa (TV Serial)
  • Nandita (Tele Fim)
  • Mrs Gupta Ra (Tele Film)
  • Jakhan Chand (Tele Film)
  • Bhab Murti (Tele Film)
  • Balleygunge Court (Tele Film)
  • Shakhambherir Dwip (TV Serial)
  • Amrita (TV Serial)


  • Tara Sankar Award (1991)
  • Sahitya Setu Chandra (1995)
  • Siromoni Award (1997)
  • Ananda Award (1997)
  • Bankim Award (1998)
  • Mahadevi Birla Award (1998)
  • Katha Award (2003)
  • Pratima Mitra Smiti Award (2007)
  • Kabi Kritibas Sahitya Award (2008)
  • Bhuban Mohini Dasi Swarna Padak, Calcutta University (2008)
  • Sachindra Nath Sahitya Award
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (2010)


  1. ^ "Bani Basu - Bengali Writer: The South Asian Literary Recordings Project (Library of Congress New Delhi Office)". 11 March 1939. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Basu, Bani".
  3. ^ "Film and TV serials based on her work".

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