Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

About Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Who is it?: Writer
Birth Day: September 15, 1876
Birth Place: Bandel, Indian
Died On: 15 January 1938(1938-01-15) (aged 61)\nCalcutta, Bengal Presidency, India\n(now Kolkata, West Bengal, India)
Birth Sign: Libra
Pen name: Anila Devi
Occupation: Writer, novelist
Language: Bengali
Period: 19th century-20th century
Literary movement: Bengali renaissance
Notable works: Choritrohin Devdas Parineeta Pather Dabi

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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was bornon September 15, 1876 in Bandel, Indian, is Writer. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay or Sarat Chandra Chatterjee was one of Bengal’s most prolific and popular novelists and short story writers of early 20th century. He wrote over 30 novels, novellas, and stories. Born in a poor family, Sarat Chandra based many of his novels on his own experiences. He picked many revolutionary topics that included social consciousness and turbulent societal traditions and spun them into endearing and intricate tales. This gained him a following not just in India but abroad as well. Many of his popular novels include ‘Palli Samaj’, ‘Choritrohin’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Nishkriti’, ‘Srikanta’, ‘Griha Daha’, ‘Sesh Prasna’ and ‘Sesher Parichay’. Undeterred by the personal tragedies he faced, he went on to use them as the basis for his novels, adding a more personal touch to his works. He was never a judge of society; he merely included them in his works to let the reader form their own opinions. The themes he uses in his novels and the treatment of characters are influenced by writings of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. His remarkable leniency towards the cause of women and their lives puts him a step ahead of his contemporaries. Many of his works have been adapted to highly successful films. His legacy lives on in his numerous colorful and powerful characters that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so indefinitely.
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1876

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was born on 15 September 1876 to simmi and sanjay datta., in Debanandapur, a small village two miles North West of Bandel in Hooghly, West Bengal.

1893

In 1893, Sarat Chandra moved to Burma. He got a temporary job in Burma Railway's audit office and later worked for many years in Burma's public works accounts office. While living in Rangoon, he married his first wife Shanti. He was deeply hurt when his wife and one-year-old son died from plague. He married his second wife Mokshada (later renamed Hironmoyee) also in Rangoon and taught her to read and write. She outlived him by 23 years.

1916

Sarat Chandra wrote novels, novellas, and stories. He came to maturity at a time when the national movement was gaining momentum together with an awakening of social consciousness. His novel 'pather dabi' played an important role in the National Movement (jatio andolon).Much of his writing bears the mark of the resultant turbulence of society. Sensitive and daring, his novels captivated the hearts and minds of innumerable readers both in Bengal and in the rest of India. His best known novels include Palli Samaj (1916), Choritrohin (1917), Devdas (1917), Nishkriti (1917), "Datta" (1918), Srikanta, Griha Daha (1920), Sesh Prasna (1929) and Sesher Parichay published posthumously (1939).

1938

In 1916, Sarat Chandra moved backed to India and settled in Howrah, near Kolkata. It is during this time that he improved his Sanskrit skills from "Kabyasri" Kishorimohan Mukherjee. He devoted himself to writing and established himself as one of India's major Novelist and story Writer. He was involved in India's freedom struggle and served as the President of Howrah district branch of Indian National Congress (1921-1936). University of Calcutta awarded him the prestigious Jagattarini medal. University of Dacca awarded him an honorary doctorate (D.Litt.). On 2 Magh 1344 or 16 January 1938 he died, from cancer of the liver.

1967

His works have been made into around fifty films in many Indian languages. Particularly, his novel Devdas has been made into sixteen versions, from Bengali, Hindi to Telugu. Parineeta has also been made twice. Majhli Didi (1967) by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Swami (1977) for which he was awarded Filmfare Award for Best Story are other adaptations. Another famous film Chhoti Bahu (1971) is based on his novel Bindur Chhele. His Novel 'Datta' was adapted into a Bengali film (1976) starring Suchitra Sen and Soumitra Chatterjee in the lead roles.

1980

The other movies based on his novel were Nishkriti, and Apne Paraye (1980) by Basu Chatterjee, starring Amol Palekar. The Telugu film Thodi Kodallu (1957) is also based on this novel. Gulzar's 1975 film, Khushboo is majorly inspired by his work Pandit Mashay. The 1961 Telugu film Vagdanam by Acharya Atreya is loosely based on his novel Datta. Also the 2011 film Aalo Chhaya is based on his short story, Aalo O Chhaya.