Shakti Chattopadhay was born in a poor bramman family in November 25, 1934 in Jaynogar,West Bangla,India. He left his study in presidency collage for poverty and started writing novel for living. Shakti started writing in 1950s, but is usually associated with the generation of poets in 1960’s.
Regarded with great acclaim in Bengali literature, Shakti Chattopadhay is equally well known for his legendary bohemian lifestyle. Most of Shakti’s life was spent in Kolkata, India. Shakti Chattopadhyay’s first collection of poems, named He Prem, He Noihshobdo (O Love, O silence) came out in 1962. These poems were written at Chaibasa, Singbhum district in Bihar (now in Jharkhand) where he was guest of Samir Roychoudhury for a few years and fell in love with Samir’s sister-in-law, which changed Shakti from a novelist to the best lyric poet after Rabindranath Tagore.
In the next thirty-two years, Shakti Chattopadhay wrote around two thousand five hundred poems which were published through forty-five books.Along with Sunil Gangopadhyay, Shakti remains the most famous poet of his generation. He was the leader of the Hungryalists also known as the Hungry generation poets, which changed the course of Bengali poetry once for all.
Dhormeo achho jirafeo achho,Shonar machhi khun korechhi,Hemonter oronne ami posṭman,Parer kantha maṭir baṛi,Choturdoshpodi kobitaboli, Probhu noshṭo hoe jai etc are Shakti Chattopadhay s well known poetry works. In 1983, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his collection of entitled Jete Pari Kintu Kêno Jabo (I can go but why?).This ever-bohemian legend poet died on March 23, 1995.