Niladri Sarkar

Niladri Sarkar or Colonel Niladri Sarkar is a fictional detective character created by Bengali novelist Syed Mustafa Siraj.[1][2] Some of the Colonel stories written for children were translated into English.[3]

Colonel
Niladri Sarkar
Colonel character
First appearanceChaya Pore
Last appearanceHu-Humba Rahasya
Created bySyed Mustafa Siraj
In-universe information
Full nameNiladri Sarkar
GenderMale
TitleColonel
OccupationRetired Colonel
Nature Specialist
NationalityIndian
AquantancesJayanta
Detective Haldarmashai
Shasthi Charan
ResidenceElliot Road, Kolkata

CharacterEdit

Niladri Sarkar is a retired Colonel of the Indian Army, jovial and looking like Santa Claus. He introduces himself as a nature specialist, butterfly collector and ornithologist.[4] The Colonel smokes a pipe and is fond of Coffee. Most of the Colonel stories are narrated by Jayanta Chowdhury, a reporter of Dainik Satyasebak Patrika. Jayanta is a lazy journalist who accompanies him on his missions. Sometimes Mr. K. K. Halder, a bit eccentric retired police officer also joins with colonel Sarkar. Colonel likes quoting Bengali proverbs and nursery rhymes. He maintains a good temperament while solving mystery. Colonel solves complex cases in his own ingenious way.[5][6]

StoriesEdit

The first story of Colonel Niladri Sarkar 'Chaya Pore' was published serially in Amrit Magazine in 1970. Thereafter Siraj wrote hundreds of stories for teen and adults.[7] Some of are:

  • Sabuj Sanket
  • Kuashay Mrityur Ghran
  • Pargacha
  • Faand
  • Ziro Ziro Ziro
  • Sonar Damru
  • Khokon Gelo Mach Dhorte
  • Janalar Nichey Ekta Lok
  • Prem Hatya Ebong Colonel
  • Trishule Rokter Daag
  • Kalo Pathor
  • Dui Nari
  • Hangor
  • Patal Khondok
  • Sundar Bivisika
  • Macbeth'er Dainira
  • Swarger Bahon
  • Bigroho Rahasya
  • Daniel Kuthir Hatya Rahasya
  • Kakcharitra
  • Kokodwiper Bivisika
  • Panther Rahasya
  • Manushkhekor Faand
  • Tibbati Guptabidya
  • Arunachaler Yeti
  • Chiramburur Guptadhan
  • Kalo Bakser Rahasya
  • Toradwiper Voyonkor
  • Tupir Karchupi
  • Turuper Taas
  • Alexanderer Bantul
  • Bole Gechen Ram Shanna
  • Kodondo Paharer Ba Rahasya
  • Vimgarher Kalo Daityo
  • Padmar Chore Voyonkor
  • Vuture Ek Kaktarua
  • Pretatma O Valuk Rahasya
  • Batrisher Dhandha
  • Rajbarir Chitro Rohasya
  • Toy Pistol
  • Vutrakkhos
  • Jekhane Colonel
  • Raja Salomoner Angti
  • Sandhyanire Andhokar
  • Kingbodontir Shankhochur
  • Lohagarar Durbasa Muni
  • Gurgin Khar Deoal
  • Damrudihir Vut
  • Kalo Kukur
  • Ghatotkocher Jagoron
  • Tibbati Guptobidya
  • Ozraker Panja

AdaptationEdit

In 2013 a film Colonel was released under the direction of Raja Sen.[8] Chiranjeet played the titular role and Saheb Chatterjee played as Jayanta.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pinaki Roy (2008). The Manichean Investigators: A Postcolonial and Cultural Rereading. ISBN 9788176258494. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ VOL-1, Syed Mustafa Siraj (2012). Colonel Samagra (Bengali). Kolkata: Dey's Publishing. ISBN 978-8129516633.
  3. ^ "So says Siraj". thehindu.com. August 26, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Siraj is in happy company: Raja Sen". Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Mohan Lal (1992). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Sasay to Zorgot. ISBN 9788126012213. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Saheb Chatterjee in "GOYENDA GOGOL" and "THE COLONEL" Bengali New Crime Mystery Detective Movies". washingtonbanglaradio.com. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Vol 2, Syed Mustafa Siraj (2007). Kishore Colonel Samagra. Kolkata: Dey’s Publishing. ISBN 978-8129522481.
  8. ^ "Siraj is in happy company: Raja Sen - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  9. ^ "Arjun by Samaresh Majumdar - Famous Bengali detectives who have made it to the big screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  10. ^ Sen, Jash. "Go goyenda! A guide to the Bengali detectives who made it to the screen and the ones who need to". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2022-01-14.