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Prabir Kumar Goswami
Sree Parabat image
Born(1927-01-01)1 January 1927
Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India
Died2 October 2010(2010-10-02) (aged 83)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Pen nameSree Parabat
LanguageBengali
NationalityIndian
EducationBachelor of Arts, Bengali
Alma materScottish Church College, University of Calcutta
GenreHistorical fiction, social novels, children's novels
Spouse
Bani Goswami (m. 1952)
RelativesAmiya Bhushan Majumdar (cousin)

SignatureFile:Sree Parabat signature.jpg
Website
www.ambarish.com/autograph/authors/sreeparabat.html

Sree Parabat or Sri Parabat (1 January 1927 – 2 November 2010) was a Bengali novelist from Kolkata, India, known mainly for his historical novels. His novels include Ami Sirajer Begum, Mamtaz Duhita Jahanara, and Aravalli Thekey Agra. Sree Parabat is a pen-name, the actual name of the author was Prabir Kumar Goswami.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Sree Parabat was born in Cooch Behar, West Bengal of Undivided India, on 1 January 1927[1]. His father was Sudhir Kumar Goswami and his mother was Preetirindu Devi. Both his parents belonged to educated and literary families. On his father's side he belonged to the "Advaita Family" and was the 13th generation direct descendant of Advaita Acharya, teacher and associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Prominent social reformer Bijoy Krishna Goswami also belongs to the same family and was the 7th generation direct descendant of Advaita Acharya. Well-known novelist Amiya Bhushan Majumdar was the first cousin of Sree Parabat on the maternal side.

Education and career[edit | edit source]

Sree Parabat grew up in Amla Sadarpur, in the district of Nadia in Undivided India (now in Kusthia, Bangladesh). He passed his matriculation examination from Amla Sadarpur High School in 1943. Subsequently he lived with his maternal uncle in Cooch Behar and passed his Intermediate of Arts (I.A.) at Victoria College (later renamed Acharya Brojendra Nath Seal College) there. Then he moved to Kolkata and in 1947, the year India gained independence, he received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Bengali Honors from Scottish Church College in Kolkata. That same year, following the partition of India his family permanently left his ancestral home and moved to Krishnanagar, West Bengal, India.

After his B.A. he wanted to study further and become a professor. However, as traditionally expected of the oldest son, he was soon needed to financially support his family. First he worked at the District Collector office in Krishnanagar and then at the West Bengal Food Procurement office in Bangaon for short duration. At Bangaon he once met the famous author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, who lived there.

Soon after he joined Kolkata Police, where he worked for the rest of his life till his retirement as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1984.

Literary Output[edit | edit source]

Ami Sirajer Begum, Movie[2]: Sree Parabat's first historical novel was Ami Sirajer Begum, which was published in 1960. The book was made into a movie of the same name in 1973, directed by Sushil Mukhopadhyay. The main cast members were Biswajit Chatterjee, Sandhya Roy and Pahari Sanyal. Unrelated to the movie, the novel was also made into a TV serial in 2018: Ami Sirajer Begum.

Sree Parabat authored 25 historical novels, which are mostly set in India[3]. He also authored a few novels on the ancient civilization of Egypt. He also wrote 21 social novels and 4 children's novels.

Death[edit | edit source]

Sree Parabat passed away on 2 November 2010 in Kolkata[4]. During the last 15 years of his life, he lived in the Santoshpur, Kolkata. Before that he lived in Beliaghata, Park Circus and, even before, North Kolkata.

Works[edit | edit source]

Historical novels[edit | edit source]

  • 1960 Ami Sirajer Begum
  • 1965 Aravalli Theke Agra
  • 1967 Mohaprem
  • 1971 Bahadur Shah
  • 1972 Mamtaz Duhita Jahanara (ISBN: 81-7079-276-2)
  • 1976 Ranadil
  • 1977 Chitor Garh
  • 1977 Tokhon Warren Hastings
  • 1981 Ranasthal Marwar
  • 1984 Mewar Bonhi Padmini
  • 1990 Murshidkuli Khan
  • 1990 Magadh Jugey Jugey: Rajagriha Parba
  • 1991 Ajodhyar Shesh Nabab
  • 1992 Tutankhamener Raani
  • 1995 Magadh Jugey Jugey: Pataliputra Parba
  • 1995 Mishor Samrajni Hatshepshut (ISBN: 81-7079-729-2)
  • 1998 Nadir Shah (ISBN: 81-7612-176-2)
  • 1998 Mahammad Bin Tughlaq (ISBN: 81-86036-34-2)
  • 1999 Karnasubarna Thekey Kanyakubja (ISBN: 81-7612-393-5)
  • 2000 Patabhumi Pataliputra (ISBN: 81-86036-57-1)
  • 2001 Sher Shah (ISBN: 81-7612-744-2)
  • 2002 Alauddin Khilji (ISBN: 81-86036-71-7)
  • 2002 Chandraketugarh (ISBN: 81-7612-966-6)
  • 2004 Begumer Nam Debal Ranee (ISBN: 81-295-0189-9)
  • 2007 Bijoynagar (ISBN: 81-295-0766-8)

Social novels[edit | edit source]

  • 1957 Jhor Thambey
  • 1960 Jey Jiban Deen
  • 1960 Swarnalee Sondhya
  • 1961 Ahir Bhoiron
  • 1962 Kitagarh
  • 1963 Em El Pampa (M. L. Pampa)
  • 1966 Nirjonota Nei
  • 1968 Jonomey Jonomey
  • 1969 Ami Aj Nayika
  • 1970 Lovers' Lane (ISBN: 81-87493-16-X)
  • 1972 Durjoy Durgo
  • 1973 Singha Dwar
  • 1973 Shyamal Deshey Surjo Othey
  • 1974 Binodinee
  • 1977 Safe Landing
  • 1988 Akhono Shiuli Jhorey
  • 1989 Aakasher Nichey Manush
  • 1994 Rajrajeswari
  • 1996 Moynamoti (ISBN: 81-86036-16-4)
  • 1997 Raja Badshah (ISBN: 81-86036-27-X)
  • 2001 Khuner Araley (ISBN: 81-86036-66-0)

Children's novels[edit | edit source]

  • 1967 Hariye Jabar Nei Mana
  • 1975 Era Tinjon
  • 1993 Raat Mohanar Rohoshyo (ISBN: 81-86036-00-8)
  • 1994 Girikondorey Rohoshyo (ISBN: 81-86036-08-3)

Collections of novels[edit | edit source]

  • 1994 Panchalika (Contains Aami Sirajer Begum, Binodinee, Swarnalee Sandhya, Jonomey Jonomey, Shotorupey Shotobar)
  • 2010 Panchti Oitihashik Kahinee (Collection of five historical novels: Tutankhamener Rani, Tokhon Oaren Hastings, Rajput Nandini, Aami Sirajer Begum and Mamtaz Duhita Jahanara) (ISBN: 978-81-910889-3-9)

Translated novels[edit | edit source]

In Odissi:

  • Mumtaz Duhita Jahanara
  • Ranadil

References[edit | edit source]

  1. K. C. Dutt (Complied and Edited), [1], "Who's Who of Indian Writers: 1999", p. 411, Vol. 1 (A-M), Sahitya Academy; 1999; ISBN: 81-260-0873-3)
  2. Ashish Rajadhyaksha (Editor) and Paul Willemen (Editor), Google Books, "Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema", p. 576, Routledge; 2 edition (July 1, 1999)
  3. Ananya Saha, "Journeys and Meta-Journeys: Negotiating Travel Writing in Sree Parabat’s ‘Novels in Motion", Lapis Lazuli, An International Literary Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, Autumn 2017
  4. "Sree Parabat Obituary in "Kolkatar Korcha" section", "Ananda Bazar Patrika", Nov 11, 2010, To read the article you need Bengali font



Category:1927 births Category: 2010 deaths Category:Writers from Kolkata Category:Bengali writers Category:Bengali-language writers Category:University of Calcutta alumni Category:20th-century Indian novelists



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