Suchitra Bhattacharya

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Suchitra Bhattacharya
Suchitra Bhattacharya photo.png
Born 10 January 1950
Bhagalpur, India
Died 12 May 2015 (aged 65)
Kolkata, India
Occupation Writer
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Calcutta University

Suchitra Bhattacharya (10 January 1950 – 12 May 2015) was an Indian novelist.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Suchitra Bhattacharya was born on 10 January 1950 in Bhagalpur, Bihar. She was interested in writing from her childhood.

Bhattacharya graduated from the Jogamaya Devi College, an affiliated undergraduate women's college of the historic University of Calcutta, in Kolkata.[2]

After graduating from the University of Calcutta she married and took a break from writing. She returned to writing with short stories written in the late seventies (1978–1979). She started writing novels in the mid eighties. Within a decade, especially after publication of the novel Kacher Dewal (Glass Wall), she became one of the major writers of Bengal.

She died on May 12, 2015 at 10.45pm at her home in Dhakuria, Kolkata due to a Heart attack .

Career[edit]

Her writing focuses on contemporary social issues. She was a perceptive observer of the changing urban milieu and her writing closely examines the contemporary Bengali middle class. Crisis in human relationships and the changing values of the present era along with degeneration of the moral fiber of the society in the backdrop of globalization and consumerism are depicted in her prose. Exploitations and sufferings of women regardless of their social or economic identities find a distinct voice in her writing. She took up many odd jobs in her early youth and finally joined the public service which she left in 2004 to become a full-time writer. Her long career is reflected in many of her stories and novels. Though she herself is a prolific writer of Bengal, she was in awe of her fellow contemporary women authors like Sangita Bandyopadhyay and Tilottama Majumdar. She was deeply influenced by Ashapurna Debi and Mahasweta Debi, and their body of feminist work in Bengali literature.[3]

Over the past two decades, Suchitra had written about 24 novels and a large number of short stories in different leading Bengali literary magazines. Some of her acclaimed novels are–

  • Kachher Manush (Close to Me)
  • Dahan (The Burning),
  • Kacher Dewal (The Wall Of Glass)
  • Hemonter Pakhi (Bird of Autumn)
  • Neel Ghurni(Blue tornado)
  • Aleek Shukh (Heavenly bliss)
  • Gabhir Ashukh (A Grave Illness)
  • Uro Megh (Flying Cloud)
  • Chhera Taar(Broken string)
  • Alochhaya (Shadows Of Light)
  • Anyo Basanto (Another Spring)
  • Parabas
  • Palabar Path Nei (No escape)
  • Aami Raikishori
  • Rangin Pritibi(Colourful world)
  • Jalchhobi (Watermark)
  • " Mitin Mashi " book series

Suchitra Bhattacharya also contributed in the Bengali detective(adult crime fiction) genre parallel to her own forte and individualistic style of writing. Her written character "Mitin Mashi" (aka 'Mitin' aunt) and various stories, novels revolving around mysteries (solved by Mitin mashi and her assistant niece Tupur in those novels) are very popular among Bengali readers. There are only a few female detective characters in Bengali literature and Mitin mashi is one of them.[4]

Her novels and short stories have been translated into many Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and English. She also wrote novels and short stories for children. She has written a series of detective novels in the yearly "Anandamela" with the fictional character "Mitin mashi". Her novel Dahan was made into a movie by famous Bengali director, Rituparno Ghosh. "Ichcher Gaach": this short story also inspired a full-length feature film 'Icche'(a layered reading of a mother-son relationship) directed by Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy.[5] "Hemonter Pakhi" was also made into a feature film by Urmi Chakraborty.

Awards and accolades[edit]

Suchitra received several awards which include the Bhuban Mohini Medal from Calcutta University in 2004, the Nanjanagudu Thirumalamba National Award from Bangalore in 1996, the Katha Award 1997 from Delhi, the Tarashankar Award in 2000 from Kolkata, the Dwijendralal Award in 2001 from Kalyani, the Sharat Puroshkar in 2002 from Bhagalpur, as well as the Bharat Nirman Award, Sahitya Setu Award and Shailajananda Smriti Puroshkar in 2004 and Dinesh Chandra Smriti Puroskar in 2015.

Death[edit]

Suchitra Bhattacharya died on 12 May 2015 due to a massive cardiac arrest at her home in Dhakuria, Kolkata.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suchitra Bhattacharya, 1950". loc.gov. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ History of the College
  3. ^ Bhattacharya, Suchitra (May 14, 2015). "Five Suchitra Bhattacharya novels that redefined feminist writing in Bengal". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Bhattacharya, Suchitra (May 16, 2015). "Detective Mitin Mashi, not middle-class tales, might be Suchitra Bhattacharya's lasting legacy". Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Bhattacharya, Suchitra (May 14, 2015). "Five Suchitra Bhattacharya novels that redefined feminist writing in Bengal". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Anandabazar Patrika". anandabazar.com/. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ei Samay". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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