Samir Roychowdhury was born on November 1, 1933 and pass away on June 22, 2016.
He was one of the founding fathers of the Hungry Generation from 1961 to 1965 (also known as Hungryalism or Hungrealism),
Roychowdhury was born in Panihati, West Bengal, India in a family of artists, sculptors, photographers and musicians.
Roychoudhury’s grandfather Lakshminarayan, doyen of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury clan of Uttarpara, had learned drawing and bromide-paper photography from John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling, who was Curator at the Lahore Museum (now in Pakistan), and thereafter established the first mobile photography-cum-painting company in India in the mid-1880s.
Then, later the company was taken over by Samir’s father Ranjit from 1909 to 1991. Samir’s mother Amita from 1916 to 1982 she was from a progressive family of 19th-century renaissance.
Early in the life of both Samir and his brother Malay directed many plays, including ‘Kauwa Babula Bhasm’ the script of which was prepared by the noted writer Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’.
However, Samir has been creative off and on.
Following his first collection of poems he published Aamar Vietnam a collection of poems, though not based on Vietnam, but premised on the sensitivity of a person who lives in a different world and is regularly bombarded by war-news which is shockingly inhuman.
In 2011, Srijit Mukherji has directed a film titled Baaishey Shrabon wherein the role of Hungryalist poet has been portrayed by famous film-director Gautam Ghosh.