Mani Shankar Mukherjee

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Mani Shankar Mukherjee
Bengali author Sankar speaks at the UN.jpg
Born (1933-12-07) 7 December 1933 (age 84)
Bongaon, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal
OccupationWriter, novelist, essayist, researcher
Known forBooks on Swami Vivekananda, Bengali novels

Shankar, (born Mani Shankar Mukherjee, and generally known in English-language literature as Sankar) is a very popular writer in the Bengali language. He grew up in Howrah district of West Bengal.

Personal life[edit]

Shankar is the son of Avaya Mukherjee known as Gouri Mukherjee. Shankar's father died while Shankar was still a teenager, as a result of which Shankar became a clerk to the last British barrister of the Calcutta High Court, Noel Frederick Barwell. At the same time he entered in Surendranath College (formerly Ripon College, Calcutta) for study. He worked in various field as typewriter cleaner, private tuitor, Hawker for the livelihood.

Shankar is a widower.

Literary career[edit]

Noel Barwell introduced Shankar to literature.

After Noel Barwell's sudden death, Sankar, the professional version of his name adopted for the law courts, sought to honor Barwell. "First, I wanted to build a statue. It was not possible. I then wanted to name a road. Even that was not feasible. And then I decided to write a book about him," according to Shankar.

That impetus led to his first novel, about Barwell, that according to some critics is perhaps the most stimulating -- "Kato Ajanare" (So Much Unknown).

At the same time period in 1962, Shankar conceived Chowringhee on a rainy day at the waterlogged crossing of Central Avenue and Dalhousie - a busy business district in the heart of Kolkata. The novel, set in the opulent hotel he called Shahjahan, was made into a cult movie in 1968.

It is wrongly said that Shankar marketed his literary work to Bengali households with the marketing slogan "A bagful of Shankar (Ek Bag Shankar)" and collections of his books were sold in blue packets through this marketing effort. He never did that. He mentioned it clearly in a 2015 interview.

In addition to his literary efforts, Shankar is regarded as a street food expert with two books on this topic. He also is a marketing professional associated with an Indian industrial house.


  • Jekhane Jemon (travelogue) (As It Is There)
  • Kato Ajanare (novel) (The Many Unknowns) - his debut novel.
  • Nivedita Research Laboratory (novel)
  • Abasarika ISBN 978-81-7612-777-6
  • Chowringhee (novel) (1962)
  • Swarga Martya Patal- (collection of three stories: Jana Aranya (The Middleman), Seemabaddha (Company Limited) and Asha Akangsha)
  • Gharer Madhye Ghar
  • Nagar Nandini
  • Banglar Meye ISBN 978-81-7079-454-7
  • Simanta Sambad ISBN 978-81-7079-554-4
  • Kamana Basana ISBN 978-81-7079-978-8
  • Purohit Darpan
  • Sri Sri Ramkrishna Rahsyamrito
  • Mone Pare
  • Samrat O Sundari (novel)
  • Charan Chhunye Jai ISBN 978-81-7079-528-5
  • Jaabar Belay ISBN 978-81-7267-066-5
  • Mathar Opor Chhad
  • Patabhumi ISBN 978-81-7612-637-3
  • Rasabati ISBN 978-81-7612-637-3
  • Ek Bag Shankar (collection)
  • Kamana Basana ISBN 978-81-7079-978-8
  • Sonar Sangsar
  • Chhayachhabi (collection)
  • Muktir Swad
  • Subarno Sujog
  • ABCD
  • Charan Chhunye Jai(Vol 2) ISBN 978-81-7612-888-9
  • Bittabasana
  • Eka eka ekashi
  • Rup tapos

Works in translation[edit]

Screen adaptations[edit]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Ritwikkumar Ghatak; Ritwik Memorial Trust (India) (1 December 2000). Rows and rows of fences: Ritwik Ghatak on cinema. Seagull Books. ISBN 978-81-7046-178-4. Retrieved 1 July 2012.


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