Kolkata: Veteran author Ramapada Chowdhury, writer of several bestselling novels, including Bon Palashir Padabali, breathed his last earlier in the evening today. He was 95. The novelist was suffering from lung infection and breathing difficulties for some time and was admitted to a city hospital on 21 July.
Bon Palashir Padabali was adapted to a hugely successful film of the same name in 1973. It was directed by Uttam Kumar, and had Supriya Devi, Bikash Roy, Madhabi Mukherjee, Basabi Nandi, and the director himself in major roles.
Several of Chowdhury’s novels were adapted on celluloid by leading directors. These include Tapan Sinha’s Ekhoni (1970) and Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1992, adapted from Abhimanyu), Inder Sen’s Picnic (1972), Agragami’s Je Jekhane Danriye (1974), Mrinal Sen’s Kharij (1982) and Ek Din Achanak (1989, adapted from Beej).
Chowdhury was the recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1988 for his novel Bari Bodle Jaye.