West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today condoled the death of eminent Bengali author Suchitra Bhattacharya.
"I convey my profound grief on the sudden demise of eminent Bengali novelist Suchitra Bhattacharya. She died on late Tuesday night. She was at the front rank among contemporary writers," Banerjee said in her condolence message.
"Some popular Bengali films were made based on her novels. May her soul rest in peace. I convey my heartfelt sympathy to her bereaved family," she said.
Winner of several literary awards, Bhattacharya died following a massive cardiac arrest last night at the age of 65.
Some of her acclaimed novels are Ami Raikishori, Kancher Dewal, Kachher Manush, Dahan, Hemanter Pakhi, Neel Ghurni, Aleek Sukh, etc.
Late film-maker Rituparno Ghosh had made a great movie based on Dahan that won two national awards in 1998.
Leading writers and intellectuals also condoled Bhattacharya's death saying that her passing away would leave a huge vacuum in the world of literature.
"I feel like I have lost somebody in my own family. She was like my sister. I am so shocked that I will not be able to express myself. It will be a great loss to Bengali literary world," Sahitya Academy award winner Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay said.
Actor-director Aparna Sen said Bhattacharya understood the psyche of the middle class while poet Subodh Sarkar described her as one who understood the pulse of the readers.
Bhattacharya, who penned 24 novels, received the Nanjanaguda Thirumalamba National Award in 1996, Katha Award in 1997, Tarashankar Award in 2000 and in 2002 the Sharat Puroshkar.
She also received the Bharat Nirman Award, Sahitya Setu Award besides the Shailajananda Smriti Puroshkar.