Kakababu O Santu: The Adventures of a Bengali Detective and His Nephew
Kakababu O Santu is a popular series of adventure novels written by the Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhyay. The series features Kakababu, a retired archaeologist and explorer, and his young nephew Santu, who accompany him on various missions around the world. The series has been adapted into several comics, films and telefilms over the years.
The first novel in the series, Bhoyonkor Sundor, was published in 1971 in Anandamela magazine. Since then, Gangopadhyay wrote 36 more novels featuring Kakababu and Santu, until his death in 2012. The novels are known for their thrilling plots, exotic locations, historical and scientific references, and humorous dialogues. Some of the novels have also dealt with social and political issues, such as terrorism, environmentalism, and religious extremism.
Kakababu's real name is Raja Roy Chowdhury, and he lost his leg in an accident during an expedition. He uses a crutch to walk, but that does not stop him from being agile and adventurous. He is also very intelligent and knowledgeable, and often solves mysteries that baffle others. Santu's real name is Sunanda Roy Chowdhury, and he is Kakababu's sister's son. He is a bright and curious boy, who idolizes his uncle and follows him everywhere. He also helps Kakababu with his research and investigations.
The novels have been translated into several languages, including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, and Urdu. They have also inspired many adaptations in other media forms. The first film based on the series was Kakababu Here Gelen, released in 1996. It was followed by four more films: Ek Tukro Chand (2001), Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013), Yeti Obhijaan (2017), and Kakababur Protyaborton (2020). All these films starred Prosenjit Chatterjee as Kakababu and various actors as Santu. The films were directed by different directors, such as Goutam Ghose, Srijit Mukherji, Anik Dutta, and Kamaleshwar Mukherjee.
The series has also been adapted into several telefilms for television channels such as Rupashi Bangla, DD Bangla, ETV Bangla, Zee Bangla Cinema, and Colors Bangla. Some of the telefilms were animated versions of the novels, while others were live-action ones. Some of the actors who played Kakababu in the telefilms were Shamit Bhanjo, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Rajatava Dutta, Saswata Chatterjee, and Abir Chatterjee. Some of the actors who played Santu were Arunavo Adhikari, Arghyo Chakrabarty, Soham Chakrabarty, Aryann Bhowmik, and Ishaan Mazumder.
Kakababu O Santu is one of the most beloved and enduring series of Bengali literature and culture. It has entertained and inspired generations of readers and viewers with its exciting stories and characters. It has also contributed to the popularity and recognition of Bengali detective fiction in India and abroad.Some of the most popular and acclaimed novels in the series are:
Bhoyonkor Sundor (1971): The first novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to Kashmir to investigate a mysterious case involving a missing scientist and a mysterious flower.
Sobuj Dwiper Raja (1976): The second novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to the Andaman Islands to find out the truth behind a legend of a green island and its king.
Mishor Rohosyo (1984): The seventh novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to Egypt to decipher a hieroglyphic message that leads them to a hidden treasure.
Kolkatar Jongole (1985): The eighth novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to the Sundarbans to solve a mystery involving a tiger cub and a gang of poachers.
Agun Niye Khela (1988): The twelfth novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to Sri Lanka to stop a terrorist plot that threatens to ignite a civil war.
Jongoler Modhye Ek Hotel (1996): The twenty-third novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to Kenya to stay in a hotel that is located inside a wildlife sanctuary.
Golokdhandhay Kakababu (2012): The thirty-seventh and final novel in the series, where Kakababu and Santu go to Nepal to find out the secret behind a mysterious statue of Buddha.
The novels have been praised for their gripping narration, vivid description, and engaging characters. They have also been appreciated for their educational value, as they introduce the readers to various aspects of geography, history, culture, and science. The novels have also been awarded several literary prizes, such as the Ananda Puraskar, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Vidyasagar Award. aa16f39245