Basudeb Dasgupta

Basudeb Dasgupta

Basudeb Dasgupta
Basudeb Dasgupta in Ashoknagar
Born (1938-12-31)31 December 1938
Died 31 August 2005(2005-08-31) (aged 66)
Occupation Novelist, Short Story Writer and School-teacher
Literary movement Hungry generation

Basudeb Dasgupta[1] (31 December 1938 – 31 August 2005), a Bengali novelist and short-story writer (associated with the Hungry generation movement),[2] is considered as one of the most significant avant-gardes and controversial figures in the history of Bengali literature.

Early life and education

His family came to India as refugees following the partition of Bengal in 1947. He graduated with an honours in Bengali literature from the Scottish Church College in 1961, which he followed with a degree in education. Between 1965 and till his retirement in 1999, he taught in a school.


Basudeb's major contribution to Bengali literature spanned from the early 1960s to mid 80's. His distinct styled short stories of that span includes Randhanshala (1963), Ratanpur (1964), Basantoutsav (1964), Riputarito (1965), Bamanrahasya (1965), Abhiramer Chalaphera (1967), Leni Bruce O Gopal Bhandke (1968), Debotader Koyekminit (1971), Dr. Wanger Gopan Sanket (1972), Baba (1975), Durbin (1983).

His only collection of short-stories Randhanshala was first published in 1965 which is considered as a Hungry-classic [3] and reprinted in 1983.

Basudeb Dasgupta published his first novel titled Utpat in 1962 in Upadruto journal and the second one Kheladhula (probably the most significant one) in 1981 in Dandashuk journal.

Thereafter Basudeb wrote a few short stories such as Bondi Bastabata (1986), Mrityuguha Thekey (in two installments in 1986 and 1987), Shesh Praharer Abhijan (1987), Eso (1990) and Mouno Nagarir Itikatha (in two installments in 1995 and 1996), but he had lost the previous magical charm of his prose style and imaginative fictional world.


Randhanshala (Short story, 1965)

Break Your Silence Please (Conversations, letters, diary entries, stray proses, 2006, Monfakira [4])

Kheladhula (Novel, 2007, Monfakira)

Lenny Bruce O Gopal Vand Ke (Short story, 2009, Open Secret)

See also


External links

  • Essays by Educationists on the Movement
  • Essay by Nissim Ezekiel
  • Review by Malay Roy Choudhury
  • List of Works
  • TIME magazine news of the Movement
  • Photographs of participants including Basudeb Dasgupta