Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was an Indian writer, poet and journalist. He was born on June 27, 1838 and died on April 8, 1894. Chattopadhyay is best known for the composition of the Indian national anthem Vande Mataram. In his lifetime, he wrote 13 novels in Bengali and produced many critical, satirical, scientific, and serio comic works. He was also addressed in Bengali as Sahitya Samrat. He is said to have been influenced by Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chatpadiyai, Slendranath Dat and others.
Let’s take a look at some facts about his life on the anniversary of his death on April 8.
-Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was born in the Orthodox Bengal Brahmin family in Naihati, West Bengal. He got married at the age of 11.
-Chattopadhyay played an important role in the literary renaissance movement through his writings.
-He earned a law degree and was appointed Deputy Collector of Jesole in 1858. He retired in 1891.
-The legendary writer wrote Vendée Mataram on November 7, 1875. Vendé Mataram’s poems are also found in his political novel, Anandamato. This book was published in 1882. It was mainly about the Sanyasi army fighting British soldiers. The Van de Mataram song was later given by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
-He was one of the first graduates of the University of Calcutta.
-Chattopadhyay launched a monthly literary magazine named Bangadarshan in April 1972. This included works such as stories and humorous sketches.
-His best works include Devi Chaudhurani, Rajsimha, Ananda Math, Radharani, Krishnakanter Uil, Kapalkundala, and Devi Chaudhurani, Rajsimha. Durgeshnandini and Kapalkundala were his first major publications and were so well received that they were translated into different languages.
-His early work was published in a weekly newspaper named Sangbad Prabhakar.
-His first novel in English was entitled Rajmohan’s Wife, and his first novel in Bengali was named Durgeshnondini.
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In memory of the anniversary of Bankim Chandra Chatpadiyai’s death
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