Better known these days as many watch with wonder the film versions of his works Hate Bajare and Agnishwar on the small screen, the name of Balaichand Mukhopadhaya is unlikely to ring a bell. But talk of Bonophul, people will sit up and take notice.

The 120th birth anniversary of the man who first saw his name in print after his poem was published in the magazine Malancha will be observed at 5.00 p.m at Nandan III on 19 July. But it was as a prose writer, Bonophul cemented his name in the hall of fame of Bengali letters. Sthabar, Jangam, Hate Bajare together with more than a generous sprinkling of short stories made his name a household world, so much so, a restaurant in Bhowanipore is named Bonophul.

His letter to Tagore would be read out at the function whose end will be marked by the screening of the film Ekti Raat directed by Chitta Bose based on the author’s story.