Santanu Bandyopadhyay

Santanu Bandyopadhyay (b. 1969) entered the Bangla literary scene in the early 1990s. He writes poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and poetic prose, and is associated with Kabita Pakkhik — a notable Bangla poetry magazine and press. Brought up in a lower-middle-class family in postcolonial India, where he lived through the post-Naxalite era, Santanu experienced the inescapable despondency of futurelessness. This mood is reflected in all his writings, although somewhere in his cityscape hope is fluorescent. Santanu loves trekking in the Himalayas, which also has a great influence on his work. Asamapto Nibedita (Incomplete Poems) is his first collection of poetry. He has also coauthored a book of science fiction rhymes in Bengali (2007). At the turn of century Santanu began writing for children and is associated with Akoshmik Joydhak — a popular emag for children. With a master’s in geology from the University of Kolkata, Santanu is a veritable Kolkatan.