Chanda, Somen (1920-1942) political activist, writer; full name Somendra Kumar Chanda, was born in Baliya village of narsingdi district on 24 May, 1920. He passed the Entrance examination in 1936 from Pogose School, Dhaka. He was admitted to Dhaka Mitford Medical School. But had to discontinue his studies because of ill health. Later, he joined the pragati lekhak sangha and became involved in Marxist politics and literary activism. He was killed on 8 March 1942 while participating in a procession organised by the Soviet Friendship Society.
Somen Chanda's political and literary careers were intertwined. Politically committed, he wrote stories describing the struggle of the general people and he meant to raise public awareness about their disadvantaged situation. Most of Somen Chanda's writings were presented at the weekly and fortnightly meetings of the Progressive Writers' Association. His story 'Vanaspati' was published in Kranti (1940). Sangket O Anyanya Galpa (1943) and Vanaspati O Anyanya Galpa (1944) were published from Dhaka and Calcutta after his death. Ranesh Daxgupta edited and published Somen Chander Galpaguchchha (The Collected Writings of Somen Chanda) in 1973. His story, 'Indur' (The Rat), has been translated into several foreign languages. He died in Dhaka on 8 March 1942. [Abul Hasnat]