An eminent literary scholar of Bengal, Prof. Satyajit Chaudhury made significant contributions in diverse fields such as Bengali literature, film studies and art history and aesthetics for last four decades. His original research work published in the book Abanindra NandanTatta (Aesthetics of Abanindra Nath Tagore’s Art) earned him the coveted D.Litt degree of Calcutta University in 1979. His other important books include Nandalal (A study on artist Nandalal Bose), Abalokon (a collection of review articles), Sukumer Sen : Sanga-Anushanga etc. He was well known for being a meticulous editor and his famous editorial work include five volumes of Haraprasad Shastri Rachana Sangraha (collection of literary work of Haraprasad Shastri), Chalachitra Charcha (film studies), Samaresh Basu: Smaran Samikkhan (tribute to Samaresh Basu), Palamou by Sanjib Chandra Chattopadhyay among others. In his early life, he was in the editorial team of Bharat Kosh, the Bengali encyclopedia. He contributed numerous articles on art, film and literature in famous journals and magazines throughout his sixty years of academic life.
He retired from RBC college in Naihati, West Bengal in 1996.
He founded Bankim Bhavan Gaveshana Kendra, a research institute in the ancestral house of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in Naihati in the year 1999 where he revived the publication of Bangadarshan and edited the iconic literary magazine till 2010.
Prof. Chaudhury was born in Faridpur district of Bangladesh in 1931 and lived in Naihati in West Bengal for last sixty plus years. He breathed his last on August 23, 2017. Equally loved and respected by hundreds of his students, friends, coworkers and family members, he was fondly known as Mastarmashai or Satyajitda or Satyajit Babu. He will always be alive in his outstanding academic work and will continue to inspire and influence the generations to come.
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