Eminent Bengali writer Ramapada Chowdhury, 95, who authored famous novels like ‘Kharij’, ‘Bari Badle Jay’ and ‘Abhimanyu’, passed away at a Kolkata hospital on Sunday, his family said, reports Ians.
Chowdhury is survived by his wife and two daughters.
He was conferred with the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Bari Badle Jay in 1988 and was also the recipient of Rabindra Puraskar.
He was admitted to the hospital on July 21 with old age ailments including lung problem. He died of cardiac arrest at 6:30 pm on Sunday, a spokesman of the hospital said.
Chowdhury’s novel Abhimanyu was based on the life and work of Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay who created India’s first and the world’s second test-tube baby in 1978. Director Tapan Sinha turned the story into an award winning Hindi film ‘Ek doctor ki maut’ in 1990.
Mrinal Sen’s Hindi film ‘Ek din achanak’ (1989) was also based on Chowdhury’s story ‘Beej’.
Chowdhury had penned several famous literary works such as ‘Pratham Prahar’ (1954), ‘Banpalashir padabali’ (1960), ‘Ekhoni’ (1969) and many more.
Born on December 28, 1922 at Kharagpur, Chowdhury’s most active years were between 1950s and ’80s.
His last book, ‘Harano Khata’, was published in 2015, reports Ians.