Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Biography
(Indian Novelist and Short Story Writer of the Early 20th Century)
Birthday: September 15, 1876 (Virgo)
Born In: Debanandapur, Bandel, India
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.