Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Profile: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

- February 8, 2021


By Srinidhi Murthy A small boy from Bengal wasn’t able to attend college due to financial constraints,  nevertheless, he continued to believe in his dreams. He struggled and overcame all the hardships that life threw at him and became an iconic writer whose works had been adapted in multiple languages all over India.  Most Indian movie buffs would easily recall characters like Devdas and Parineeta which are Bollywood adaptations from this genius’s vast literary work. This storyteller was Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.   Illustration: ACK Design Team Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was born on September 15, 1876, in a small village in West Bengal to Motilal Chattopadhyay and Bubanmohini Debi. He studied in a village school and was known as a bright student. Though he wasn’t able to continue his education further, Sarat, in his teenage years, started writing several short stories and plays including some bestsellers such as Kashinath and Korel. He adopted the pseudonym St. C. Lara. During this period, he was fascinated by the writings of Charles Dickens and Henry Wood.  Later,...

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