Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay was primarily a Bengali writer. He wrote short stories, novels and much more. He was also actively involved in writing several film's screenplays. He was born on March 30, 1899, at Jaunpur, United Province, India. He is an alumnus of the Vidyasagar College, Calcutta and completed his B. A. from there.
At a mere age of twenty, he wrote and published his work Jaubansmriti, which is a collection of poems. He then shifted to Patna to study law. After that, he devoted his entire life to writing. He was a stickler for perfection and was extremely choosy about his works.
His work is short, crisp and is replete with elements of wit, romance, and satire. His writing compelled people to compare him with writing giants
Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay
, who people fondly called Bonoful. His stories revolving around a detective named
made him a household name.
His other work Raktasandhya was published in both Bengali and English. In 1938, he shifted to Mumbai and started to work as a screenplay writer for film banners like
. In 1952, he moved to the lanes of Pune and continued with writing horror stories, tales for children, and romance. Just like his character Byomkesh Bakshi, the principal role of Baroda, who featured as a ghost-hunter in his glory tales, became famous too.
The names of some of the books he wrote are Kaler Mandira, Tungabhadrar Teere, GaurMallar, Kumarsambhaber Kabi, Tumi Sandhyar Megh, Dadar Kirti, Jhinder Bondi, Jatismar, Bohu Bighnani, Chuya-Chandan, Vokti Vajon, Sada Prithibi, SondehoJonok Byapar, Adim Nrityo, Bhutor Chondrobindu, Arob Sagorer Rosikota, Navjeevan, Durga, Azad, and much more. Several serial makers have adopted his work for the small screen. Some of them are Byomkesh Bakshi, which aired between the year of 1993 to 1997, and Byomkesh, which aired in 2017.
Filmmakers like ,
, Manju Dey,
, and several others took inspiration from his works and adopted them for the big screen. Besides this, he also wrote songs. As recent as 2015,
directed a movie named Detective Byomkesh Bakshi starring Sushant Singh Rajput.
In 1967, he won the prestigious Rabindra Puraskar for his exceptional writing in Tungabhadrar Tirey. In the same year, Calcutta University also gave him the Sarat Smriti Purashkar. He died at the age of seventy-one due to age-related ailments at Malad, Mumbai on September 22, 1970.