Shankar, (born Mani Shankar Mukherjee, and generally known in English-language literature as Sankar) is a writer in the Bengali language and the Sheriff of Kolkata. He grew up in Howrah district of West Bengal.
Sankar is the son of Avaya Mukherjee known as Gouri Mukherjee. Sankar's father died while Sankar was still a teenager, as a result of which Sankar became a clerk to the last British barrister of the Calcutta High Court, Noel Frederick Barwell. At the same time he entered in Surendranath College (formerly Ripon College, Calcutta) for study. He worked in various field as typewriter cleaner, private tutor, Hawker for the livelihood.
This gem has been rewarded with “Sahitya Akademi Award” on 18th March, 2021 for his outstanding metronomic creation of “Eka Eka Ekashi”
Many of Sankar's works have been made into films. Some notable ones are - Chowringhee, Jana Aranya and Seemabaddha, out of which the last two were directed by Satyajit Ray .
In 1959 Ritwik Ghatak started making a film Kato Ajanare based on Sankar's first novel.
His novel, Man Samman, was turned into a film by Basu Chatterjee, Sheesha (1986), starring Mithun Chakraborty, Moonmoon Sen and Mallika Sarabhai.