-: About Enakshi Chattopadhyay :-


Born in 1934 of parents Basanta Kumar and Parul Banerjee, Maternal Grandfather Mukundalal Chakravarty was a favourite student of Sir P.C.Ray. After securing a first class in Chemistry, Mukudalal decided to go into business inspired by Sir P.C.Ray. He is one of the founders of Chakravarty and Chatterjee (Publisher and Bookseller) in College Street.


Basanta Kumar’s family migrated to Patna from Nadia, Bengal around 1840. Except the founder of the family, all went into law and made name and fortune.

Enakshi was married to Santimay Chatterjee in 1956 and moved to Calcutta. She started teaching but soon went to the states with her husband where they stayed for three years. After coming back Enakshi took up writing as a full time occupation. Coming from a family devoted to law and literature, Enakshi was now for the first time exposed to Modern Science. She collaborated with her scientist husband to write a popular book on Nuclear Science. This book in Bengali “Paramanujignasa” was honoured with the Rabindra Puraskar of the West Bengal Government in 1974. She also wrote on other subjects, jointly and singly, for children and adults. She has rendered into English a wide range of modern Bengali fiction and poetry. Two titles co-authored by her in the National Biography series of the N.B.T have been translated into seven Indian languages. She served as the Bengali co-ordinator of the three language Vak-Katha project and received the Katha translation award twice. In 2004 she was awarded the Vidyasagar Award by the Government of West Bengal for childrens literature. Apart from her passion for translation, she is deeply interested in history of science, popular science, science-fiction and children’s literature. Actively associated with the electronic media, she ran a weekly TV review column in a major Bengali Newspaper for more than ten years. She has been a broadcaster, telecaster, researcher and script writer of documentary films.

Her latest publication is a memoir – “Past Perfect” translated and edited by her, originally written by her late mother Parul Banerjee.