The very commonly dressed sada-mata person collecting evidence of crimes, more often than not with sheer intelligence unravelling the most complicated puzzle- that’s the private bengali detective, the bangali goenda who, after a lot of thrill, excitement and suspense eventually succeed in finding the perpetrator. With its rich traditional literary heritage, Bengal has always been a Gold-Mine of Detective stories. Today most of the Bengali detectives are the box office manna in Tollywood and Bollywood industry. Keeping in mind their popularity and craze today lets go through some of this most eminent bangali goenda of all times.
1. Byomkesh Bakshi by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay:
One of the best seller in Bengal. The stories are chronicled by Ajit, assistant of Byomkesh. The unique thing about Mr. Bakshi is he’s married and has a family unlike many of these predecessors. Many people have this common opinion that Byomkesh stories are way ahead of the time when those were written.
2. Feluda by Satyajit Ray:
It is always sells like a hot-cake. Feluda solves the crime with his superb analytical ability and observation skill which he referred as ‘magajashtro’. He is accompanied by his cousin Topshe who serves as the narrator of the stories, and a popular thriller writer Lalmohon Ganguli famous as Jatayu.
3. Kiriti Roy by Nihar Ranjan Gupta:
Kiriti is the most dashing detective of Bengali novel with 6’2 height. Kiriti’s character was etched on Holmesian lines – he smoked a pipe, carried a magnifying glass, preferred a kimono and tatami slippers over the standard pyjama kurta at home – but the plots were often rather simple. He solves crimes with his assistant Subrata Roy.
4. Kakababu by Sunil Ganguli:
Kakababu is a Historian; bachelor; crippled in an accident; ex-director of the Archaeological Survey of India and frequently sought after by Indian intelligence. Sontu is his nephew and the narrator.
5. Gogol by Samaresh Basu:
Geeky child detective Gogol dreams of martial arts but uses his brains to solve crimes. Gogol carries the ‘What Not Bag’ which includes things like compass, magnifying glass and other things which prove useful when he goes to solve cases. He likes to daydream and in his dreams, he kicks the hell out of everyone with his karate moves.
6. Jayanta Manik by Hemendra Kumar Roy:
Jayanta and his friend Manik solve the cases with comic police inspector, Sundarbabu. They firmly established the very Indian contemporary detective operating in an Indian milieu for the first time in Bengali fiction.
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7. Arjun by Samaresh Majumdar:
Arjun and his mentor Inspector Amol Shome are distinctly different from other detectives. He is a young Bengali detective from Jalpaiguri.
8. Colonel Niladri Sarkar by Syed Mustafa Siraj:
Ex-colonel Niladri Sarkar is a butterfly collector and ornithologist, smokes pipes and has a Santa beard narrated by Jayanta, a lazy journalist who accompanied him on his mission.
9. Pragyaparomita Mukherjee (Mitin masi) by Suchitra Bhattacharya:
There are only a few female Bengali detective characters in Bengali literature and Mitinmashi is one of them. Mitin has an assistant: her niece, Oindrilla (Tupur).
10. Shabar DasGupta by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay:
Shabor is a unique Bengali Detective character. He is an honest Police officer, not a private eye. He is a cold person and there’s no warmth and affection in him.
11. Kikira by Bimal Kar:
Kikira is a magician but a sudden bout of disease disabled one of his hands and made it impossible for him to perform on stage again. He has few tricks up his sleeve that effervesces in all of his cases. Kikira has two assistants, a young clerical fellow, Tarapada and a doctor of medicine, Chandan.
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Apart from the above most popular Bengali Detective characters of all times, there are also few less known detectives created by eminent writers which though today are less known were once very much popular during the time of their inception. Among them Barrister P.K Basu by Narayan Sanyal, Ashok Basu by Samaresh Basu, Bimal by Hemendra Kumar Roy, Hemanta by Hemendra Kumar Roy, Dipankar Bagchi by Sukanto Gangopadhyay, Dipak Chatterjee by Swapan Kumar, Pashupati by Premendra Mitra, Pandob Goyenda by Sasthipada Chattopadhyay, Debendrobjoy by Panchkodi Dey, Tenida by Narayan Gangopadhyay, Kalketu by Rupak Misra are note-worthy.