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Bishi, Pramathanath


Bishi, Pramathanath (1901-1985) writer, educationist, was born on 11 June 1901 at Joari in rajshahi, the son of Nalininath Bishi and Sarojbasini Devi. He studied for seventeen years at Brahma Vidyalaya in santiniketan, where he became closely acquainted with rabindranath tagore. He passed the Matriculation (1919) from Santiniketan and took a break of several years before going on to complete the IA (1927) and BA with Honours in Englsih from rajshahi college (1929). He then took an MA in Bangla (1932) from Calcutta University, standing first class first. He carried on research on a ramtanu lahiri Research Fellowship (l933-36). He joined Ripon College (1936-46) and then Calcutta University (1950) as professor of Bangla. He was Rabindra Professor and Head of the Department of Bangla, Calcutta University (1963-66). He also worked as editor of the Santiniketan (1931) and assistant editor of the Anandabazar (1946-49). He retired in 1971. He was also a member of West Bengal Bidhan Sabha (1962).

Bishi was a prolific writer in several genres: poetry, satire, short story, novel, drama, essay and criticism He wrote under various pseudonyms, such as Pranabi, Kamalakanta, Haturi, Bishnu Sharma, Amit Ray, Madhabya, Scot Thomson. Among his published novels are Desher Shatru (1924), Padma (1935), Jodadighir Chaudhuri Paribar (1938), Keshabati (1941), Nilmanir Svarga (1954), Sindhudesher Prahari (1955), Carey Saheber Munsi (1958), Lal Kella (1963), Ashvatther Abhishap, Chalan Beel, etc. His books of short stories include Shrikanter Pancham Parba (1944), Galper Mato Galpa (1945), Gali o Galpa (1945), Dakini (1945), Brahmar Hasi (1948), Nilbarna Shrgal (1956), Alaukik (1957), Bichitra Sanglap (1955), Svanirbachita Galpa (1960), etc. His books of poems are Dewali (1923), Basanta Sena o Anyanya Kavita (1927), Bidyasundar (1935), Juktabeni (1948), Shakuntala o Anyanya Kavita (1946), Hangha Mithun (1950), Uttar Megh (1953), Kingshuk Bahni (1959), Shrestha Kavita (1961), etc. His dramas are Rnang Krtta (1935), Ghrtang Pibet (1941), Mauchake Dhil (1945), Government Inspector (1944), Permit (1956), etc. His essays are included in Banglar Lekhak (1950), Jawharlal Nehru- Byakti o Byaktitva (1951), Bangla Sahityer Nara Nari (1953), Kamala Kanter Asar (1955), Nana Rakam (1958), Rabindra Kavya Prabaha, Rabindra Kavya Nirjhar, Rabindranath o Santiniketan, Rabindra Natya Prabaha, Rabindra Bichitra, Rabindra Sarani, etc. He also edited Bhudev Rachana Sambhar, Vidyasagar Rachana Sambhar, etc.

Bishi was awarded the Rabindra Puraskar (1960), Vidyasagar Smrti Puraskar (1882), Jagattarini Puraskar (1983). He died in Calcutta on 10 May 1985. [Badiuzzaman]