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23 June 1948Baharampur (Berhampur), West Bengal (

writer, editor, theater activist

Notable works
Herbert (1994), "Andho Biral", "Fyataru"

Notable awards
Bijon Bhattacharya (Father)Mahashweta Devi (Mother)

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Bijon Bhattacharya, Mahasweta Devi

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Bijon Bhattacharya, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Mahasweta Devi, Kabir Suman, Arin Paul

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Nabarun Bhattacharya (23 June 1948 – 31 July 2014) was an Indian Bengali writer who was committed to a revolutionary and radical aesthetics. He was born at Baharampur (Berhampur), West Bengal. He was the only child of actor, playwright Bijon Bhattacharya and writer, activist Mahashweta Devi. His maternal grandfather was the well-known writer from the Kallol era, Manish Ghatak.


His novel, Herbert (1993), which was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, and adapted into a film of the same name in 2005, by Suman Mukhopadhyay.

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Personal life

Nabarun Bhattacharya The rebel has left the buildingThe legacy of Nabarun

He studied in Kolkata, first Geology, then English, from Calcutta University. Nabarun married with Pranati Bhattacharya, was professor of political science. Their only child Tathagata is a Delhi-based journalists.

In an interview, Nabarun had said that once he used to be a hardline communist but was no longer so. In response to a question regarding what he thought to be the most prominent ideological change in him, he said "I am no longer anthropocentric".


Aside from fiction, he has also written poetry, of which Ei Mrityu Upotyoka Aaamaar Desh Na (This Valley of Death Is Not My Country) is an example.

The characters called Fyataru

His magic realist writings introduced a strange set of human beings to Bengali readers, called Faytaru (fyat: the sound created by kites while they are flown; otherwise, fyat has also a hint of someone worthless, deriving from the words foto, faaltu; uru: related to flying), who are an anarchic underclass fond of sabotage and are capable of flying whenever they utter the mantra 'fyat fyat sh(n)aai sh(n)aai' (This mantra was made into a song by the popular Bangla band Chandrabindoo in one of its albums). They appear in his books Mausoleum, Kaangaal Maalshaat, Fatarur Bombachaak, Fyatarur Kumbhipaak and Mobloge Novel. Suman Mukhopadhyay, who was basically from a theatrical background, dramatized Kaangaal Maalshaat.

Major works

  • Kaangaal Maalshaat (Hooghly: Saptarshi Prakashan, 2003)
  • Herbert (Kolkata: Deys, 1994)
  • Lubdhak (Barasat: Abhijan Publishers, 2006)
  • Ei Mrityu Upotyoka Aamaar Desh Na (Hooghly: Saptarshi, 2004)
  • Halaljhanda o Onyanyo (Hooghly: Saptarshi, 2009)
  • Mahajaaner Aayna (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan, 2010)
  • Fyaturur Kumbhipak (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan)
  • Raater Circus (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan)
  • Anarir Naarigyan (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan)
  • Joratali (Kolkata: Bhashabandhan, Posthumous)
  • Death

    Nabarun Bhattacharya died of intestinal cancer at Thakurpukur cancer hospital, Kolkata on 31 July 2014.


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