Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay ()alternatively spelt as Sarat Chandra Chatterjee (15 September 1876 – 16 January 1938) is one of the most popular Bengali novelist and short story writer of early 20th century.
Background and writing
Sarat Chandra was born into poverty in Debanandapur, Hooghly, India. His family was occasionally supported by other family members and Saratchandra's lack of financial stability would influence his writing in years to come. Although he began as a fine arts student, Chatterji left his studies due to his persistent state of poverty. He received his early education while residing at his paternal uncle's house in Bhagalpur. He spent 20 years of his life in Bhagalpur and a significant portion of his novels were either written in Bhagalpur or based on his experience in Bhagalpur.<gallery>|Saratchandra</gallery>His work represented rural Bengali society and he often wrote against social superstitions and oppression. For a short period he was a sannyasi, a Hindu ascetic who abandons the material and social worlds. His first published story was 'Mandir'. He was particularly sensitive to the cause of women.
After the death of his parents Sarat Chandra left his college education midway and went to Burma in 1903. There he found employment with a Government Office as Clerk. He did not remain at his job in Burma for long and decided to return to his homeland but before his departure he submitted a short story for a prize... Read More