(Last Updated on : 14/06/2011)
Samaresh Basu (11 December 1924 - 12 March 1988) was born in Bikrampur which is now in Bangladesh. Brata-kathas which are folk-tales recited by women while performing certain religious rites have had a deep influence on him as a child. He had spent his adolescent years in Naihati in West Bengal
. He used to sell eggs from a basket carried on his head. He worked for meagre daily wages. He worked in an ordinance from 1943 through 1949 in an ordnance factory in Ichhapore. He was also an active member of the trade union and the Communist party for a certain period. He was also jailed when this party was declared illegal. While he was in jail, he wrote his first novel, Uttaranga. After his release from jail he began to write professionally.
His next novel was he wrote his first novel Nayanpurer Mati. Adaab was his first short story that was published in 1946. He has composed more than 200 short stories and 100 novels which also include those written under the pen names "Kalkut" and "Bhramar". He is a prominent figure in Bengali fiction. His themes ranged from political activism to life of working class to sexuality. His Amritakumbher Sandhane was a popular semi-autobiographical narrative that focussed on Kumbha mela
. The following books depicted lives of the common people from all over India and all walks of life with their varied cultures and religious practices. Shamba is modern interpretation of Indian Puranas
. It won the Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 1980.
His works are: Aam Mahato, Aboseshe, Achinpurer Kathokata, Apadartho, Aparichito, Baghini, Bibar, Bibekban/Bhiru, Bijon Bibhui, Bijorito, B.T.Roader Dhare, Chaya Dhaka, Mon, Daho, Dekhi Nai Phire, Dosh Deen Pore, Dui Aronyo, Ganga, Goenda Ashok Thakur Samogro, Hariey Pawa, Hridayer Mukh, Jabab, Jhile Nagar, Jug Jug Jiye,
Kamona Basona, Ke Nebe More, Khondita, Mahakaler Rother Ghora, Marsumer ek din, Mohamaya, Nithur Dorodee, Noyonpurer Mati, Padokkhep, Pancho Bonhi, Pathik, Patok, Prajapoti, Prakriti, Pran Protima, Punaryatra, Raktim Basonto, Ranir Bazar, Rochonaboli, Shalgherir Simanay, Sekol Chera Haater Khoje, Swarnochanchu, Tanaporen, Teen Purush, Tin Bhubaner Pare and Uddhar.
His works as Kalkut are: Amrita Bisher Patre, Amritakumbher Sandhane, Arab Shagorer Jol Lona, Dhyan Gyan Prem, Ek Je Chilen Raja, Judhe'r Sesh Senapoti, Kalkut Rochona Samogro, Kothai Pabo Tare, Punya Bhume Punya Snan, Purno Kumbho Punascha, Shambo, Adrisya Manusher Haatchani, Bandha Ghore'r Awaz, Bhul Barite Dhuke, Bideshi Garite Bipod, Buno Hati'r Bandhuttwo (Pujabarshiki Anondomela Sankalan, Goa i Gogoler Prothom Kirti, Gogol Amonibas, Gogol Chikkus Nagalande, Gorokhkhonathbabur Notebook, Jangal Mohol E Gogol, Jonaki Bhuter Bari, Jwor'er Ghore Shona, Sei Gari'r Khoje,
Gogol Amonibas is one of his major thrillers that have many series to it. They are: Aayna Niye Khelte Khelte, Adrishya Manusher Haatchani, Buno Hati'r Bandhuttwo,
Chora Hati Shikari, Durger Garhkhai Er Durghatono, Garadheen Jaanalay Rakkhos, Gogol Kothay?, Gogoler Keramati, Gogoler Royraja Uddhar, Harano Buddhagupti,
Indurer Khut khut, Jonaki Bhuter Bari, Kairong Moth Er Gogoler Kando, Mahishmardini Uddhar, Pashchimer Balcony Theke, Rajdhani Expresser Hatya Rahasya, Ratna Rahasya O Gogol, Sonali Parer Rahasya and Telephone Aaripatar Bipad.