Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay (1838-94) is called the father of the Bengali novel and considered by many as its greatest novelist. He was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance and closely associated with the Indian independence movement. Durgeshnandini (The Chieftain's Daughter) was his first novel in Bengali and the first complete novel in Indian literature.
Arunava Sinha translates fiction, poetry and non-fiction from Bengali to English, and from English to Bengali. Over sixty of his translations have been published so far, and several of them have won or been shortlisted for Indian and international awards.