Renowned Bengali novelist and short story writer Sasthipada Chattopadhyay has passed away. The creator of the famous ‘Pandav Goenda’ (five detectives) series was 82. Sasthipada Chattopadhyay on March 9, 1941, at Khurut in Howrah district, Chattopadhyay published his first literary work ‘Kamakhya Bhraman’ (visit to Kamakhya) in ‘Dainik Basumati’ in 1961.
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Chattopadhyay joined Anandabazar Patrika the same year and worked for its ‘Rabibasoryo’ supplement before joining the Indian Railways. Besides short stories, Chattopadhayay had written many novels and travelogues, but gained immense popularity after the release of ‘Pandav Goenda’ adventure detective series for children in 1981. He created two more detective series — ‘Detective Ambar Chatterjee’ and ‘Goenda Tatar’. The West Bengal government in 2017 honoured him with the ‘Bangla Akademi Award’ for his contribution to children’s literature.
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