Saratchandra Chattopadhyay the man who has woven magic with his words and some unforgettable series of writings, knew Bengal thoroughly. A master who’s lucid and simple style of writing appeared to be a welcome break for the bangali readers, from the tradition of that time.
Saratchandra Chattopadhyay was born on September 15, 1876 at Devanandapur in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. His father was Motilal Chattopadhyay and mother was Bhubanmohini. In the year 1894, he passed the Entrance Examination from TN Jubilee Collegiate School and was admitted to FA class but he could not complete the studies because of the poor financial condition. At the age of 27 he went to Burma and found a job as a clerk in a government office at Rangoon. His first novel ‘Badadidi'(1907), made him instantly popular among the readers. ‘Bindur chhele'(1913), ‘Parinita'(1914), ‘Baikunther will'(1916), ‘Devdas'(1917), ‘Srikanta'(Part I-IV, 1917-1933), ‘Charirtrahin'(1917) are few of his most popular novels. His novel ‘Pather Dabi’ (1926), was banned by the British government for its revolutionary theme.
Indranath and Srikanta are most endearing characters Saratchandra Chattopadhyay created . He depicted the rural Bengali characters as characters of simplicity yet strength in his writings. He was honored for his contribution to Bengali Literature. He got ‘Kuntalin puraskar'(1903), ‘Jagattarini Svarna Padak'(1923), membership of ‘Bangiya Sangeet Parishad'(1934) and an honorary D.litt by the Dhaka University in the year 1936. Many of his novel have successfully dramatized on stage and adapted to movies.
Saratchandra Chattopadhyay wrote more about bangali women and their situation in a patriarchal society frankly and honestly. He voiced his protest against the social discrimination, injustices and superstitions. He died in Kolkata on January 16, 1938.