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Sundarbans in popular culture

The Sundarbans has been celebrated in numerous Bengali language and Indian english novels, songs, and film. The Bengali folk epic Manasamangal mentions Netidhopani and has some passages set in the Sunderbans during the heroine Behula's quest to bring her husband Lakhindar back to life. Sundarbaney Arjan Sardar, a novel by Sibshankar Mitra, and Padma Nadir Majhi , a novel by Manik Bandopadhaya, are based on the rigors of lives of villagers and fishermen in the Sunderban region. Part of the plot of Salman Rushdee’s Booker Prize winning novel, Midnight’s Children is also set in the Sundarbans. Most of the plot of prize-winning anthropologist Amitav Ghosh's 2004 novel, The Hungry Tide , is set in the Sundarbans. The Sunderbans has been the subject of numerous non-fiction books, including the The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans by Sy Montegomery, which was short listed for the Dorothy Canfild Fisher’s Children Book. Padma Nadir Majhi was also made into a movie by Gautam Ghosh. Numerous documentary movies have been made about the Sundarbans, including the 2003 IMAX production about the Bengal Tiger – Shining Bright. The acclaimed BBC TV series The Ganges documents the lives of villagers especially honey collectors of the Sundarbans.

The Sunderbans are celebrated through numerous Bengali folk songs and dances, often centered around the folk heroes, gods and goddesses specific to the Sunderbans (like Bonbibi and Dakshin Rai) and to the Lower Gangetic Delta (like Manasa and Chand Sadagar).

Sir Hamilton’s bungalow at Gosaba where Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore once resided and enjoyed the beauty of the Sundarban forest.
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