Eminent Bengali author Ramapada Chowdhury died on Sunday at a private hospital in Kolkata. He was 95 and is survived by his wife and two daughters, reported PTI. Chowdhury was admitted to the hospital with age-related ailments, including a lung problem, on July 21. He suffered a cardiac arrest at 6.30 pm on Sunday, said a hospital spokesperson.
Chowdhury received many awards, including Rabindra Puraskar, Ananda Puraskar, and Rabindranath Tagore Memorial International Prize. In 1988, he also received the Sahitya Akademi award for his novel, Bari Badle Jay. His story, Abhimanyu, was turned into a Hindi movie, Ek Doctor Ki Maut, by director Tapan Sinha. Abhimnayu was based on the life and career of Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay, who created India’s first and the world’s second test-tube baby in 1978.
Born in Kharagpur on December 28, 1922, Chowdhury was a prolific writer and was most active between the 1950s and 1980s. His last book, Harano Khata, was published in 2015. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief at his demise.