Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay (b. 1935)
Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay (shIshhe.rndu mukhopaadhyaaY)
was born on 2nd November,1935 in the Mymensing district of what is now Bangladesh. His father used to work in the Railways, and Shirshendu spent his childhood in many different places following his father. Memories of these places found their ways in many writings of Shirshendu. He passed Intermediate from the Victoria College and then took an Master's in Bengali from the Calcutta University. He started his career as a school teacher. Right now, Shirshendu is on the staff of the Ananda Bazar Patrika at Calcutta. His writing career began with the publication of a short story in the famous Bengali magazine Desh, in 1959. In that same year, his first novel Ghunpoka (translated as Woodworm by Shampa Banerjee) was published in the annual, Puja edition of Desh. First children's novel - Manojder Adbhut BaaRi. He has received many awards for his work: the Vidyasagar Award (1985) for his contributions to the children's literature; Ananda Puraskar (in 1973, and again in 1990), and the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel Manabjamin in 1988.
He is one of
the most popular writers of present-day Bengal.
Sample of Sirshendu's manuscript
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Published February 21, 2001
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