(Last Updated on : 06/01/2009)
Tarashankar Bandopadhya is grouped with those writers of the third decades of the 20th centuries who broke the poetic tradition in novels but took to writing prose with the world around them adding romance to human relationship breaking the indifference of the so called conservative people of the society.
Tarashankar`s novels, so to say, do not look back to the realism in rejection, but accepted it in a new way allowing the reader to breath the truth of human relationship restricted so far by the conservative and hypocrisy of the then society. Tarashankar mainly flourished during the war years, having produced in that period a large number of novels. His celebrated novels are Dhatridebta, Kalindi, Panchagrm, Gonodebata, Kabi, Arogyaniketan, Jalsaghar, Raskali, Hansulibaker Upakatha and so on.
Tarashankar learned to see the world from various angles. He seldom rose above the matter soil and his Birbhum exists only in time and place. He had never been a worshipper of eternity. Tarashankar`s chief contribution to Bengal literature is that he dared writing unbiased. He wrote what he believed and he wrote what he observed. His novels are rich in material and potentials. He preferred sensation to thought. He was ceaselessly productive and his novels are long, seemed unending and characters belonged to the various classes of people from Zaminder down to pauper.
Tarashankar experimented in his novels with the relationships, even so called illegal, of either sex. He proved that sexual relation between man and women sometimes dominate to such an extent that it can take an upper hand over the prevailing laws and instructions of society. His novel "Radha" can be set for an example in this context. His historical novel "Ganna Begum" is an attempt worth mentioning for it`s traditional values.
Tarashankar ventured into all walks of Bengali life and it`s experience with the happenings of socio-political milieu. Tarashankar will be remembered for his potential to work with the vast panorama of life where life is observed with care and the judgment is offered to the reader and long ones, then any other author.