Kamal Kumar Majumdar

Kamal Kumar Majumdar (Bengali: কমলকুমার মজুমদার) (17 November 1914 – 9 February 1979) was a major fiction-writer of the Bengali language.[1] The novel Antarjali Jatra is considered his most notable work.[2]

Kamal Kumar Majumdar
Born17 November 1914
Died9 February 1979(1979-02-09) (aged 64)
OccupationTeacher
Novelist
Editor
Spouse(s)Dayamayee Majumdar

Early lifeEdit

Majumdar was the son of Prafullachandra Majumdar and Renukamoyee Majumdar. Prafullachandra used to serve in the police department. Renukamoyee had keen literary interest and thus Kamalkumar was exposed to modern literary thoughts and trends from his childhood.

His parents were originally from Taki, a town in the 24 Parganas district (now in North 24 Parganas district), but the family shifted to Rikhia. Kamalkumar spent his childhood and adolescence in Kolkata, India. He started his studies in a school called "Shiksha Sangha" in Bishnupur but dropped formal studies before completing high school. For sometime, he studied Sanskrit in a Tol and learned sitar from a local maestro. In 1937 he established a magazine called "Ushnish" where he used to write under his real name as well as a number of pen names. But during 1944–45 he devoted himself mostly to painting. During 1937–38 he got numerous offers for going abroad which he refused.

Kamal Kumar was married to Dayamayee Majumdar and his younger brother was a renowned painter, Nirode Mazumdar.[3] Their younger sister Shanu Lahiri (1928 – 2013) was also a noted painter and art educator.[4]

WorksEdit

StoriesEdit

  • Lal Juto (The Red Shoes)
  • Madhu (Honey)
  • Jal (Water )
  • Teish (Twenty Three)
  • Mallika Bahar
  • Matilal Paddi
  • Tahader Katha (Their Tale)
  • Fauji Banduk
  • Neem Annapurna (19kamalkumar65)[5]
  • Kayed Khana
  • Rukminikumar
  • Lupta Pujabidhi
  • Khelar Bichar (Rules of the game)
  • Khelar Drishyabali (Scenes of the game)
  • Anitter Dayvag
  • Konkal Eleigy (Elegy of the skeletons)
  • Dwadash Mrittika
  • Pingolabat
  • Khelar aromvo (Start of the game)
  • Bagan Keyari
  • Aar chokhe jol
  • Bagan Poridhi
  • Kal e aatotai
  • Justice Justice
  • Prem (The Desire)
  • Babu
  • Princess
  • Amod Bostumi
  • Koschito Jibonchorit : tinti khosra

NovelsEdit

  • Antarjali Jatra (The Final Passage, 1962)[5]
  • Golap Sundori
  • Anila Smorone
  • Shyam-Nouka
  • Suhasinir Pometom
  • Pinjare Bosiya Shuk
  • Khelar Pratibha
  • Shoborimangal

Other workEdit

  • Number of paintings
  • Number of wood cut sculptures
  • Edited a notable magazine named ANKA BHAVNA

A notable article on ANKA BHAVNA by mathematician Narayan Chandra Ghosh has been published in the December 2015 issue of Sristir Ekosh Satak Patrika. Before that he wrote articles on ANKA BHAVNA in Pratibimbha, Samakal 0 Bibriti. A book titled KAMAL KUMAR MAJUMDER o Anka Bhavan Edited by Narayan Ch Ghosh is most popular one.

Movies based on his workEdit

The movies such as Neem Annapurna directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta, Antarjali Jatra by Gautam Ghosh, Sati by Aparna Sen and Tahader Katha by Buddhadev Dasgupta were based on the novels and stories written by Majumdar. Gautam Ghosh made a Hindi movie named Mahayatra based on Majumdar's novel Antarjali Jatra.[6]

Lal Juto, a Bengali film made by a student and based on Majumdar's short story of the same name, won the Best Creative Idea Award at the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Krishna Dutta; Anita Desai (2003). Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History. Signal Books. p. 47. ISBN 1-902669-59-2. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  2. ^ Sisir Kumar Das, various (1995). History of Indian Literature : [2].1911-1956, struggle for freedom : triumph and tragedy. Sahitya Akademi. p. 504. ISBN 81-7201-798-7. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  3. ^ Sunil Gangopadhyay. Ardhek Jibon. Ananda Publishers.
  4. ^ "Shanu Lahiri dead". Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b Nalini Natarajan; Emmanuel Sampath Nelson (1996). Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 60. ISBN 0-313-28778-3. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  6. ^ Gulzar, Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema: historical record, the business and its future, narrative forms, analysis of the medium, milestones, biographies. Popular Prakashan. p. 337. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. Retrieved 10 January 2009.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Dreams spring from red shoes, fetch cinema award". Indian Express. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  • Shoaib Gibran (2010), Kamalkumar Choritom, Shuddhasshar www.shuddhashar.com, ISBN 978-984-8837-19-1
  • Shoaib Gibran (2009), Kamalkumar Majumdarer Upannayasher Karankaushal,Bangla Academy,ISBN 984-07-4767-3
  • ANKA BHAVNAR ANKA (2015) Narayan Ch Ghosh, December 2015 issue of Sristir Ekosh Satak Patrika.
  • ANKA BHAVNA (2013) Narayan Ch Ghosh,Pratibimbha
  • ANKA BHAVNA (2013) Narayan Ch Ghosh, Samakal 0 Bibriti

External linksEdit

Kamal Kumar Majumdar on IMDb