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Friday, May 1, 2020

Legendary Sports Personality Chuni Goswami Passes Away

Legendary sports personality Chuni Goswami passes away at 05:00 PM on April 30, 2020 at a private nursing home at South Kolkata. For the last few months, Chuni Goswami was suffering from underlying ailments with sugar, prostate and nerve problems. Chuni Goswami was admitted to a city hospital earlier in the day and breathed his last at 5 pm after cardiac arrest.

Chuni was not only a footballer, he played cricket in state level and was caption of West Bengal cricket team. Chuni Goswami played tennis in club level. A true Mohan Bagan lover, Chuni played in Mohan Bagan club throughout his football and cricket career. 

After retiring from football, Chuni Goswami concentrated fully on cricket and he was a regular cricketer of West Bengal team in Ranji Trophy. He retired from cricket in 1973. 

Brief Profile of Chuni Goswami

 Birth Name: Subimal Goswami

Date of Birth: 15 January 1938 

Place of birth: Kishoreganj, presently in Bangladesh. 

Occupation: A retired football player, he played in the position of striker. As a cricketer, Chuni Goswami was a batsman and swing bowler. Chuni Goswami represented National football team from 1956 to 1964. As a cricketer, Chuni represented West Bengal from 1962 to 1973. 

Death: Chuni Goswami died on April 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Awards for Chuni Goswami

1962: Best Striker of Asia Award 

1963: Arjun Award 

1983: Padma Shri Award

2005: Mohan Bagan Ratna Award 

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nabaneeta Dev Sen Dead

Novelist, children's author, poet and academic Nabaneeta Dev Sen is no more. After prolonged illness Nabaneeta Dev Sen died today (07 November 2019) at her own residence at 7.30 PM. She was 81. Nabaneeta Dev Sen was suffering from Cancer.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Nabaneeta Dev Sen was born in Kolkata and she was daughter of the poet-couple Narendra Dev and Radharani Devi. Nabaneeta Dev Sen married Amartya Sen and they are parents of two daughters, Antara Dev Sen and Nandana Sen. Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Amartya Sen were divorced in 1976. 

Nabaneeta Dev Sen lived in Kolkata, in her parental house Bhalo-Basa, where she was born.

Educational background of Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Nabaneeta Dev Sen graduated from Presidency College and received her master's degree from Jadavpur University, Calcutta. She then took a Masters with Distinction from Harvard University. She earned her PhD from Indiana University. She then completed her post-doctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley and Newnham College, Cambridge University.

She was a University Grants Commission Senior Fellow at University of Delhi.

In addition to Bengali and English, she reads Hindi, Oriya, Assamese, French, German, Sanskrit, and Hebrew.

In 2002, Nabaneeta Dev Sen retired as Professor of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. 

Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee visited Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s house on 24 October 2019.

Honors and awards

Gouridevi Memorial Award
Mahadevi Verma Award (1992)
Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award

Harmony Award

Celli Award from Rockefeller Foundation (1993)
Sarat Award from Bhagalpur University, Bihar (1994)
Prasad Puraskar
Sahitya Akademi Award (1999)
Padma Shri (2000)
Kamal Kumari National Award (2004)
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (2017)

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Dipa Karmakar Wiki Biography of the Golden Bengali Girl

Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the final in the Olympics. Dipa Karmakar has created history at Rio 2016 Olympic. 

Dipa Karmakar

Brief Profile of Dipa Karmakar

Born: 9 August 1993

Place of birth of Dipa Karmakar:Belonia, Tripura, India

Parents of Dipa Karmakar: Dulal Karmakar and Geeta Karmakar

Height  of Dipa Karmakar: 4 ft 11 in (150 cm)

Dipa Karmakar is taking the training in gymnastics since she was 6 years old. Bisbeshwar Nandi is the first coach of Dipa Karmakar.  

In 2007 Dipa Karmakar won at the Junior Nationals in Jalpaiguri and since then, the golden girl has won 77 medals including 67 gold, in state, national and international championships. 

Dipa Karmakar and her success as gymnast

In the 2011 National Games of India, Dipa Karmakar represented Tripura and won five golds in floor, vault, all around, balance beam and uneven bars.

In 2014 Commonwealth Games, Dipa Karmakar won a bronze medal in the women's vault final, 

In 2014 Asian Games, Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in the vault final.

In 2015 Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships, Dipa Karmakar won the bronze in women's vault while finishing 8th in the balance beam event.

In October 2015, Dipa Karmakar became the first ever Indian to qualify for the final stage of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

In Rio 2016 Olympic, Dipa Karmakar became the first ever female gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympics and she has reached the final in Women's vault event.

Dipa Karmakar and Rio 2016 Olympic

Women's uneven bars

Rank: 77
Women's floor exercise

Rank: 75

Women's beam

Rank: 65
Women's vault

Rank: 8
Women's individual all-around
Rank: 51

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Anuradha Lohia – new Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University

Anuradha Lohia, a bio-chemistry senior professor at Bose Institute will be the next vice-chancellor of Presidency University. The announcement has been done. Governor of West Bengal, M.K. Narayananhas told Mrs. Lohia to meet him at Raj Bhavan on Monday.

 Brief Profile of Anuradha Lohia

Age: 58 Years

Spouse:  Chemical engineering expert from IIT Kharagpur and has his business in Kolkata.

Daughter: A scholar who is now in Kolkata to set up her company here.

Qualification of Anuradha Lohia: PhD: IICB/Calcutta University/ 1986

Anuradha Lohia  joined Bose Institute as a lecturer in 1989.

Important publications of Anuradha Lohia

1.      Das,S and Lohia, A. (2002) De-linking of S phase and cytokinesis in the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica-Cell. Microbiol. 4, 55-60.

2.      Kaur, GK and Lohia, A (2004) Inhibition of gene expression with double strand RNA interference in Entamoeba histolytica-Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm.320, 1118-1122.

3.      Loftus B, Anderson I, Davies R, Alsmark UC, Samuelson J, Amedeo P, Roncaglia P, Berriman M, Hirt RP, Mann BJ, Nozaki T, Suh B, Pop M, Duchene M, Ackers J, Tannich E, Leippe M, Hofer M, Bruchhaus I, Willhoeft U, Bhattacharya A, Chillingworth T, Churcher C, Hance Z, Harris B, Harris D, Jagels K, Moule S, Mungall K, Ormond D, Squares R, Whitehead S, Quail MA, Rabbinowitsch E, Norbertczak H, Price C, Wang Z, Guillen N, Gilchrist C, Stroup SE, Bhattacharya S, Lohia A, Foster PG, Sicheritz-Ponten T, Weber C, Singh U, Mukherjee C, El-Sayed NM, Petri WA Jr, Clark CG, Embley TM, Barrell B, Fraser CM, Hall N. (2005)            The genome of the protist parasite Entamoeba histolytica Nature ,433, 865-868.

4.      Mukherjee C., Clark CG and Lohia A (2008) Entamoeba shows reversible variation in ploidy under different growth conditions and between life cycle phases PLoS NTD 2(8):e281.

5.      Mukherjee C, Majumder S, Lohia A.(2009) Inter-Cellular Variation in DNA Content of Entamoeba histolytica Originates from Temporal and Spatial Uncoupling of Cytokinesis from the Nuclear Cycle. PLoS Negl Trop Dis.3(4):e409.

Awards for Anuradha Lohia

Elected Fellow Indian Academy of Sciences, 2006.

Stree Shakti Science Sanman, 2005.

Zee network Astitva award (2005).

DBT National award for Young Woman Bioscientist (2001).

Elected member of GRC (1998).

Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Career Fellowship (1992-1994)

Outstanding Young Person (Science) Junior Chamber of Commerce (1992)

Fogarty Special Fellowship (1991).
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Biography of Amala Shankar

Who is Amala Shankar? Amala Shankar was a great dancer in her time. Amala Shankar is wife of great Uday Shankar. Amala Shankar is mother of Mamata Shankar and Ananda Shankar. Amala Shankar is mother-in-law of Tanusree Shankar and Amala Shankar is sister-in-law of great sitarist Ravi Shankar.Amala Shankar was born in 1919. At the age of eleven, Amala Shankar went to Paris with her father where she met Uday Shankar. Uday Shankar was in Europe tour with his dance troup and Amala Shankar became a member of the troup. In 1942, Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar got married.

Gradually Amala Shankar became a great dancer. After the death of Uday Shankar the ‘Shankar Gharana continues through her and her daughter Mamata Shankar and daughter-in-law Tanushree Shankar. Son ananda Shankar was a music composer and musician who blended eastern and western music perfectly. 

Untimely death of Ananda Shankar was a blow on Amala Shankar but she overcome the tragedy and enjoying every moment of her life. Amala Shankar is still a teenager in her mind and a strong believer of rebirth. Amala Shankar believes that her son Ananda is still around her and someday they will meet again.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Profile and Biography of Bengali novelist Buddhadeb Guha

Buddhadeb Guha is one of the leading novelist in West Bengal. Buddhadeb Guha is a man with different shades. Buddhadeb Guha is a novelist, he is a renowned Chattered Accountant, a jungle (forest) lover, a hunter and many people do not know that Buddhadeb Guha is a great Ranbindra Sangeet singer. Buddhadeb Guha has written many of his novels based on forest life.

Brief profile of Buddhadeb Guha

Date of birth of Buddhadeb Guha: 29 June 1936

Education of Buddhadeb Guha: St Xavier’s College and University of Calcutta

Death of Buddhadeb Guha: 29 August 2021 at about 11:30 PM

Awards for Buddhadeb Guha

Buddhadeb Guha has received many awards so far and some of the awards are:

Ananda Puraskar in 1976, Shiromani Puraskar; and Sharat Puraskar.

Selected works of Buddhadeb Guha

Buddhadeb Guha has written many novels and short stories. Some of his famous works are listed below:

Aainar Samne


Baje Chandanpurer Korcha

Bangri Poshir Doo Rattir

Banjoytsnai,Sabuj Andhakare

Boi Melate


Bonobiharir Smriticharon


Chandrayan Changhar e Gaan





Bangriposhir Du Rattir

Jongli Mohol




Ektu Ushnatar Jonno

Gunja Phuler Mala


Halud Bosonto

Ilmorander Deshe



Jongli Mohol

Jongoler Journal

Jongol Mahal

Jongol Sambhar

Jongol Mohol


Jongoler Journal


Lobongir Jongole




 Khela Jokhon

Koelr Kache



Lobongir Jongole


Mahulsukhar Chithi

Mandur Rupamoti


Nagno Nirjan



Palashtalir Parshi


Pancham Prabas

Panchasti Priyo Golpo


Parijat Paring


Poheli Peyar

Premer Golpo

Priyo Galpo

Prothom Probas

Prothomader Jonnye

Pujor Somoi e




Sajhghore, Eka



Sareng Miya


Sabinay Nibedan


Sharaswata Sera baro Sogotokti

Sondheyr Pore Sopord

Srestha Golpo

Sukher Kache

Ek gharer dui raat

The novel ‘Madhukari’ is considered as one of the greatest creation of  Buddhadeb Guha although the novel is not completed. Many assumed that the novel was based on the life of Buddhadeb Guha.

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Bengali Poet Shankha Ghosh – His Profile And Biography

Shankha Ghosh is one of the leading poets of West Bengal in recent times. Shankha Ghosh is a respectable poet and at the same time he is a powerful critic of political parties. On many occasions, Shankha Ghosh raised his voice against the ruling party and opposition parties. Shankha Ghosh never hesitates to criticize any political activities of any political parties.

Brief profile of poet Shankha Ghosh

Date of birth of Shankha Ghosh: 6 February 1932

Place of birth of Shankha Ghosh: Chandpur, presently in Bangladesh

Education of Shankha Ghosh: Completed his graduation in Arts in Bengali from Presidency College, Kolkata. Master’s degree from University of Calcutta.

Shankha Ghosh was associated with many colleges and university as a teacher. Shankha Ghosh  taught at Bangbashi College, City College and Jadavpur University. Shankha Ghosh was associated with Delhi University, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla, Visva Bharati University. Shankha Ghosh retired from Jadavpur University in 1992.

Shankha Ghosh died on 21 April 2021.

Awards for Shankha Ghosh

Shankha Ghosh has received many awards for his work. Here is the list of awards received by him:
Narsingh Das Puraskar in 1977
Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977
Rabindra-Puraskar in 1989
Saraswati Samman 
Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999
Desikottam by Visva Bharati in 1999
 Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2011

Some of the works of poet Shankha Ghosh

Adim lata-gulmomay 
Murkha baro, samajik nay
Kabir Abhipray
Mukh dheke jay bigyapane
Babarer Prarthana 
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Profile and Biography of Bengali poet Joy Goswami

Joy Goswami is considered as one of the leading poets and intellectuals in this current generation. Joy Goswami is famous mainly for his poems but he has written novels also. In recent times, on many occasions Joy Goswami raised his voice against political issues, mainly against CPI (M).

Brief profile of poet Joy Goswami

Date of birth of Joy Goswami: 10 November 1954

Place of birth of Joy Goswami: Kolkata

 Joy Goswami started writing since his school days. Joy Goswami wrote in little magazines and periodicals for a long time and ultimately his work was published in ‘Desh’ magazine. Presently Joy Goswami is an established poet of West Bengal.

Some of the works of Joy Goswami

Christmas o Sheeter Sonnetguchchho


Aleya Hrod

Unmader Pathokromo


Ghumiyechho Jhaupata?

Jara Brishtite Bhijechhilo


Moutat Maheswar

Sakalbelar Kobi

Mrito Nagorir Raja

Bhaloti Basibo

Phulgachhe Ki Dhulo


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Monday, September 3, 2012

Biography and Profile of Reputed Doctor and Political Personality Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar

Read this article to know about Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, her early life, education, political career and after all about the famous gynecologist in Kolkata.

Indian politics needs clean and educated persons. Political environment in our country is very much corrupted. Many MLAs and MPs in our country are tinted with either criminal cases or corruption of all types. Political corruption is very common in India.

Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar is such a politician that till today there is no charge of corruption of any type against her and she is always against corruption. Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar is against any kinds of political atrocities. A reputed doctor, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar has a clean image as politician also. As a politician, Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar knows her responsibilities. As on 8 January 2012, Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar belongs to political party All India Trinamool Congress. Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar is born and brought up in such a family which has connection with state and national level politics since three generations.

Brief Profile of Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar

Date of Birth: 23 November 1959

Political Party: Trinamool Congress

Spouse: Dr. Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, both Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Dr. Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar belongs to Medical profession

Children: Two sons, both belongs to Medical profession

Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar is a member of 15th Lok Sabha. Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar is the nice of late Arun Moitra, a freedom fighter and former Pradesh Congress president. Politician Gurudas Dasgupta is maternal uncle of Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Chuni Goswami – the all time best footballer in India

Want to know the sports career of greatest footballer Chuni Goswami? Read this article on Chuni Goswami, brief profile of Chuni Goswami, his football career and cricket career are posted here.

Chuni Goswami’s name is associated with Indian football so closely that any discussion on Indian football remains incomplete without Chuni Goswami. Chuni was not only a footballer, he played cricket in state level and was caption of West Bengal cricket team. Chuni Goswami played tennis in club level. A true Mohan Bagan lover, Chuni played in Mohan Bagan club throughout his football and cricket career. 

Brief Profile of Chuni Goswami

 Birth Name: Subimal Goswami

Date of Birth: 15 January 1938 

Place of birth: Kishoreganj, presently in Bangladesh. 

Occupation: A retired football player, he played in the position of striker. As a cricketer, Chuni Goswami was a batsman and swing bowler. Chuni Goswami represented National football team from 1956 to 1964. As a cricketer, Chuni represented West Bengal from 1962 to 1973. 

 Chuni Goswami played for Mohan Bagan team from 1954 to 1968. Before that he was a regular footballer of Mohan Bagan junior team from 1946 to 1954. Chuni Goswami is one of the rarest footballers who played in a single club throughout his football career and he retired from international and club football when he was at the peak of his form. He was caption of Mohan Bagan football team for consecutive five years, from 1960 to 1964.

International career of Chuni Goswami in International Football

First time appearance of Chuni Goswami in Indian football team was in 1956 against Chinese Olympic team and India won that match. Chuni Goswami played for India in 50 international matches. He has represented Indian football team inOlympics, Asian Games, Asia Cup and Merdeka Cup. India football team won Gold Medal in 1962 Asian Games and Chuni was the caption of the Indian football team. In Asia Cup and Merdeka Cup in 1964, Chuni was caption of Indian football team. In Asia Cup 1964, India won silver medal. 

After retiring from football, Chuni Goswami concentrated fully on cricket and he was a regular cricketer og West Bengal team in Ranji Trophy. He retired from cricket in 1973. 

Awards for Chuni Goswami

1962: Best Striker of Asia Award 

1963: Arjun Award 

1983: Padma Shri Award

2005: Mohan Bagan Ratna Award 

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Legendary Bengali theatre personality Badal Sarkar

This article is on Legendary Bengali theatre personality Badal Sarkar, his works on Indian theatre.

 Badal Sarkar, the famous playwriter and director of theatre died on 13 May 2011, Friday at his residence at North Kolkata.

Badal Sarkar was a theatre dedicated personality known for his anti-establishment plays and experimental works on Indian theatre. He worked towards the spread of theatre to mass audiences. Badal Sarkar is a pioneer figure in street theatre and contemporary Bengali theatre.

Apart from Ebong Indrajit and Pagla Ghoda, two master pieces of Bada Sarkar some of the best known plays are 'Basi Khabar', 'Baaki Itihaas', 'Tringsha Shatabdi', 'Pagla Ghoda', 'Spartacus', 'Juloos', 'Bhoma' and 'Solution X'.

Badal Sarkar was influenced by eminent theatre personaities like Joan Littlewood, Anthony Serchio, Richard Schechner, Jerzy Grotoswki.

In 1976, he founded Shatabdi, his own theatre company.

Brief profile of Badal Sarkar

Date of Birth: July 15, 1925

Residence: Manicktala, Kolkata

Occupation: playwright, theatre director

Education: Studied civil engineering at the Benga Engineering College, Shibpur and M.A in comparative literature from Jadavpur University.

Awards and recognition

1972: Padma Shri by Government of India

1968: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

1997: Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship

In 2010 he refused to accept Padma Bhushan offered by Government of India

List of some of the pays

Ebang Indrajit (And Indrajit)

Basi Khabar

Baaki Itihaash


Tringsha Shatabdi

Pagla Ghoda

Shesh Naai




Solution X


Saari Raat

Badi buaji

Kavi Kahini

Manushe Manushe

Hottomalar oparey

Bollovpurer rupkatha

Sukhapathya bharoter itihash

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Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee - the defeated Chief Minister of West Bengal

This article is on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, ex-CM of West Bengal. One can get information related to Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, brief profile of him, education, positions held by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee etc. from this resource.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee a Marxist Indian politician. He was the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 6 November 2000 to 13 May 2011. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will never forget the date, 13 May  2011 in his life time. On this date results of West Bengal assembly election 2011 was declared. CPI (M) led Left Front was defeated miserably and that ends the 34 years ruling of Left Front in West Bengal. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was himself defeated from Jadavpur.

Brief profile of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Date of Birth: 1 March 1944

Political Party: CPI (M)

Residence: Palm Avenue, Kolkata

Education: Buddhadeb Bhattachjee attended Sailendra Sirkar Vidyalaya and afterwards completed his B.A (H) in Bengali literature from Presidency College, Kolkata.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is known to be a passionate literature lover. He loves cricket also.

Political Career of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee completed his graduation in 1964 and after that he joined CPI (M) as a grass root member of the party. In Food movement in West Bengal he took active part and he became the state secretary of the Democratic Youth Federation,  presently known as Democratic Youth Federation of India. Gradually Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee came in the notice of Late Promod Dasgupta and got guidance from him. Promod Dasgupta had a great expectation from Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

In 1977, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee contested from Cossipore assembly seat for the first time and was elected. In 1977, Left Front formed the state government and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee got them charge of the ministry of information and culture. In 1982 state assembly election Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee lost from Cossipore constituency and since then he is contesting from Jadavpur assembly seat. In 2011 assembly election, he lost from this constituency otherwise he was elected from Jadavpur in all assembly elections.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was Chief Minister of West Bengal from 2000 to 13 May of 2011. During his time incidences  of Singur, Nandigram etc rocked Bengal politics. 

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dinesh Trivedi Biography And Profile Political Career

Looking for Dinesh Trivedi biography and political career? Read this article to get complete information about Dinesh Trivedi, his profile and biography, political career and education.

Dinesh Trivedi is a known political leader and his present political party is Trinamool Congress.Dinesh Trivedi is considered as one of the gentleman politicians in Indian politics.

Brief Profile of Dinesh Trivedi

Date of birth of Dinesh Trivedi: 4 June 1950

Place of birth of Dinesh Trivedi: New Delhi

Father of Dinesh Trivedi: Hiralal Trivedi

Mother of Dinesh Trivedi: Urmila Trivedi

Education: Schooling at boarding school in Himachal Pradesh. Commerce graduate from St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata and MBA from University of Texas, Austin

Spouse: Dr. Minal Trivedi

Child: One son, Parthsarathi Trivedi

Occupation: Politician, present political party is Trinamool Congress.

Dinesh Trivedi while not in Politics

After completion of MBA, Dinesh Trivedi worked in Chicago. In India Dinesh Trivedi worked in Lee and Muirhead. In 1984, Dinesh Trivedi started his own air freight company in Kolkata.

 Political career of Dinesh Trivedi

 Political career of Dinesh Trivedi started in the 80’s. Dinesh Trivedi was initially in Congress party but switched over to Janata Dal in 1990. Dinesh Trivedi joined Trinamool Congress from the beginning of the party in 1998 and became the first general secretary of the party.

Dinesh Trivedi was in Rajya Sabha as MP from 1990 to 2008. In 2009, Dinesh Trivedi won from Barrackpore Lok Sabha in West Bengal. Initially he was in the cabinet as Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. Afterwards he became the Union Railway Minister as Mamata Banerjee resigned from the post in 2011. Till today Dinesh Trivedi is the union railway minister.

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Bengali Author Sunil Gangopadhay Profile, Biography and His Work

Sunil Gangopadhay as a novelist, as a poet and as a human being is posted in this article.

Sunil Gangopadhay is one of the most celebrated writers in recent times in West Bengal. In his early days, Sunil Gangopadhay was a poet but gradually he concentrates more on writing novels and short stories. There may be a strong debate whether poet Sunil is better than novelist Sunil Gangopadhay.  Shakti Chottopadhyay, famous modern Bengali poet and friend of Sunil Gangopadhay once said in an interview that he knows only poet Sunil Gangopadhay. Anyway, Sunil Gangopadhay as a poet and Sunil Gangopadhay as a novelist, both are unparallel.

Brief Profile of Bengali Author Sunil Gangopadhay

The famous Indian poet and novelist, Sunil Gangopadhyay was born in 7 September 1934. His birth place is at Faridpur, presently in Bangladesh. Sunil Gangopadhay  is master degree holder in Bengali from University of Calcutta. Swati Gangopadhay is wife of Sunil Gangopadhay, it’s a love marriage which held on 26thFebruary, 1967. Swati Gangopadhay’s parents were against the marriage as at that time Sunil Gangopadhyay was unemployed and his source of income at that time was private tuition.  However Swati Gangopadhyay had full faith in Sunil and they are considered as one of the ideal celebrity couples in West Bengal.  Sauvik is the only son of Sunil and Swati Gangopadhyay and presently settled in abroad.

Sunil Gangopadhyay knows how to enjoy life. Young Sunil Gangopadhyay during his College days was little bit bohemian. Sunil Gangopadhyay, Shakti Chottopadhyay, Sarat Mukhopadhyay and few others were in a group and during those days they were regular visitors in famous Coffee House in Kolkata.  Sunil Gangopadhyay is very liberal minded so far as religion is concerned. Sunil Gangopadhyay has written an auto biography named ‘Ardhek Jiban’.

Author Sunil Gangopadhay

Sunil Gagopadhyay is a great poet of modern Bengali poetry. Sunil is also a great novelist of recent times.  Sunil Gangopadhay himself considers poetry as his ‘first love’.  ‘Nira’ series poetries of Sunil Gangopadhay are unparallel.  Aranyer Din-Raatri, Ekaa Ebong Koyekjon, Sei Somoy, Purba Paschim are few of the famous novels of Sunil Gangopadhyay. Sunil Gangopadhyay has written for children also. Kakababu series stories of Sunil Gangopadhyay are excellent. Sunil Gangopadhyay has written many novels as Nillohit. The novels of Nillohitare based on ‘Dik Sunyo Pur’ – a non-existing location.

Awards Received by Sunil Gangopadhyay

Sunil Gangopadhyay has received many awards so far and few of the awards are:

 Ananda Purashkar in 1972

 Sahitya Academi Award in 1985

 Ananda Purashkar in 1989

Sheriff of Kolkata in 2002

Saraswati Samman in 2004

Hindu Literary Prize in 2011

Sunil Gangopadhyay died on 23 October 2012- Mahanavami day of Durga Puja 2012.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mahasweta Devi – the great writer and social activist from West Bengal

Mahasweta Devi and her work. The great writer of West Bengal is always vocal regarding the injustice of poor and tribal. This article is on Mahasweta Devi.

Mahasweta Devi was born in 1926 in Dhaka, presently in Bangladesh.

Brief profile of Mahasweta Devi

Father: Manish Ghatak, well known poet and novelist

Mother: Dharitri Devi, writer and social worker

Uncle: Ritwik Ghatak

Schooling at Dhaka but after independence she and her family settled in West Bengal. Mahasweta Devi completed her B.A. (H) in English from Viswabharati University and M.A. in English from Calcutta University.

She married Bijon Bhattacharjee but in 1959 she got divorce. Mahasweta Devi has a son, Nabarun Bhattacharjee.

 Work of Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi was a teacher in Bijoygarh College, she is a writer, she worked as journalist and she has devoted her entire life for the development of tribal communities of West Bengal, Lodhas and Shabars.  She has written on sufferings of these tribal communities in her great novels. Mahasweta Devi is one of those rare novelists who writes from the believe of her heart. Still at this age she physically stands by the poor to help them. When there is any injustice in the society, her pen starts writing.

Mahasweta Devi is a great writer and there is no doubt about it but as a human being she is at much higher position. In recent Singur and Nandigram episodes in Bengal, Mahasweta Devi worked as a motivating factor for most of the Bengalis to raise their voice against the then ruling party.

Novels and stories of Mahasweta Devi

Bangla Jhansir Rani

Aranyer Adhikar


Choti Munda evam Tar Tir

Imaginary Maps

Dhowli, short Story

Dust on the Road, translated into English

Our non-Veg cow, translated into English

Bashai Tud, translated into English

Titu Mir


Breast Stories, translated into English

Of Women, Outcasts, Peasants, and Rebels, translated into English

Ek-kori's Dream, translated into English

In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics, translated into English

Kulaputra, translated into Kannada

The Why-Why Girl

Dakatey Kahini

Major awards for Mahasweta Devi

1979: Sahitya Akademi Award for Aranyer Adhikar (novel)

1986: Padma Shri

1996: Jnanpith Award - the highest literary award

1997: Ramon Magsaysay Award

1999: Honoris causa – IGNOU

2006: Padma Vibhushan

2010:Yashwantrao Chavan National Award

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Jogen Chowdhury-eminent painter of West Bengal

Jogen Chowdhury, the eminent painter of India born in 1939 in Faridpur District of present Bangladesh. Jogen Choudhury’s father Pramatnath Chowdhury was a Brahmin zamindar. Both his parents were interest in art. His father was a painter and also sculpted various Hindu icons. His mother was an expert in Alpana drawings. From 1939 to 1947 Jogen Chowdhury lived in East Bengal, presently Bangladesh and just before partition they shifted to Kolkata.
His art of unbroken line is the hallmark of Jogen Choudhury’s paintings, which he learned from his mother.

Jogen Chowdhuri  is a graduate from the Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata. After his graduation he started his career as an art teacher. Jogen Chowdhuri also worked in a Handloom House as a designer. He studied at Ecole des Beaux Art, Paris also.  After returning to India, he joined as the curator of the art collection at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in 1972.   
Jogen Choudhuri works mostly in oil, water colours and ink.

In 1975, he along with some leading painters of Delhi founded Gallery 26 and Artist's Forum. He has participated in several exhibitions in India and abroad.

Jogen Choudhury now lives and works in Santiniketan.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Bina Dasgupta – queen of Bengali folk theatre

Folk theater or Bengali Yatra in Bengal, specially in villages of West Bengal is very popular. During winter season different groups start performing this art in all the districts of West Bengal and nearby states like Tripura, Assam etc. These folk theatre groups normally perform on current social and historical events. Famous Folk theater companies are mainly concentrated at Chitpur in Kolkata.

Bina Dasgupta is considered as one of the top folk theatre artists in West Bengal. Born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh in 1952, Bina Dasgupta joined Bengali folk theatre group at an early age of 18 years.

Contribution of Buna Dasgupta in Bengali folk theatre

Bina Dasgupta has performed in more than 100 Bengali folk theatres in the lead female role. Few of her famous plays are ‘Nati Binodini’, ‘Meerar Badhua’, ‘Achal Paisa’, ‘Ma Mati Manush’, ‘Debi’, ‘Mati Tara Sundari’, ‘Ma Bikrir Mamla’ and ‘Ogo Bishnupriya’. She was a good singer also. Almost in all the plays she lent her voice.

Apart from folk theatre, Bina Dasgupta acted in three Bengali movies and in a TV serial. Bina Dasgupta received best folk theatre actress award of the West Bengal Government three times.

Her last play was ‘Ami Ram Rahimer Ma’ at Chapui village in Raniganj, Burdwan on 8 April Friday 2005.  While returning from Chapui village by car after the performance on Thursday night, her car collided with a truck and the famous folk theatre actress of West Bengal died on the spot.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pradip Kumar Banerjee – the Great Indian Footballer and Football Coach

Complete information on Pradip Kumar Banerjee is posted in this article. Pradip Kumar Banerjee as a footballer and as a coach, both are successful.

Pradip Kumar Banerjee, more popular as PK is a glamorous character in Indian football.  Pradip Kumar Banerjee as right winger and PK as football coach, both are equaled successful.

Brief profile of Indian footballer Pradip Kumar Banerjee

Date of birth of Pradip Banerjee: 23 June 1936
Birth place: Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
Spouse: Late Arati Banerjee, she was associated with sports
Brother: Noted footballer of 70’s-80’s, Prasun Banerjee
Daughters: Two daughters
Pradip Banerjee – PK as footballer

Pradip Kumar Banerjee – PK was a perfect right winger in his time. He played in club football for eastern railway team most of the years as he was an employee of eastern railway. PK had the tremendous ability to score from the wings and he used to penetrate into the defence of opponent team from the right wing. In 1956, PK  represented Indian football team in the Melbourne Olympic Games and in Rome Olympic Games in 1960, Pradip Kumar Banerjee was the caption of Indian football team. In foreign grounds,  performance of Pradip Banerjee as a player was very good.

PK Banerjee as a football coach

After retirement from football as player, PK Banerjee and Chuni Goswami, another all time famous Indian footballer completed coaching course. Pradip Banerjee started club coaching and from that time he became popular as PK. PK coached East Bengal team during the first half of 70’s and that time is still considered as golden time of East Bengal football. During that period East Bengal team listed most of the national football trophies used to beat their arch rival Mohun Bagan team repeatadely. Afterwards PK joined Mohun Bagan as coach and the same history as East Bengal was repeated in Mohun Bagan. In 1975, Cosmos team came to Kolkata for an exhibition match with Mohun Bagan. Great Pele was in Cosmos team. The match ended in draw and both the teams scored 2 goals each. It was simply PK’s stragedy which restricted Pele on the ground and Pele himself admitted it after the match. During PK’s coaching life, vocal tonic of PK was a popular term used on fields. PK used to motivate his boys with his speeches.

Awards received by Pradip Kumar Banerjee

Pradip Kumar Banerjee achieved the title “the player of the Millennium” in 2005, awarded by FIFA in 2005.  Pradip Kumar Banerjee received Arjuna Award in 1961 and Padma Shri Award in 1990.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Suchitra Mitra – the legend Rabindra Sangeet singer

Suchitra Mitra (September 19, 1924 – January 3, 2011) was a living legend of Rabindra Sangeet. Suchitra Mitra is the anonymous of Rabindra Sangeet. Bengali culture is incomplete without Rabindra sangeet. More and more people are seeking shelter in Randra Sangeet today.  The singers who have dedicated their lives to for Rabindra Sangeet, Suchitra Mitra is one of them.  She was former sheriff of Kolkata in 2001. After prolonged illness she died of a cardiac ailment on January 3, 2011, in his residence.

Early life of Suchitra Mitra

Date of Birth: September 19, 1924.  Litterateur Saurindra Mohan Mukherjee was a close associate of the Tagore family was the father of Suchitra Mitra. Suchitra Mitra's first Rabindra Sangeet guru was Pankaj Mallick. From her childhood, Suchitra Mitra had a great passion for Rabindra Sangeet.  Education: Initially at Scottish Church College then University  of Calcutta and Viswa Bharati.

Suchitra Mitra as an artist

Suchitra Mitra used to sing from core of the heart. Presence of Rabindranath was in every corner of her life. Bengal will never forget her Tagore songs,  songs in Dance Dramas / Rabindra Nritya Natya and Tagore songs in Bengali movies. she has acted and danced in many Rabindra Nritya Natya. She recorded 416 Rabindra Sangeet, 5 Rabindra Sangeet for Bengali movies and 17 modern Bengali songs. It is impossible to mention any particular song of Suchitra Mitra but ‘Krishnakoli aami taarei boli’ without Suchitra Mitra is unthikable.  Suchitra Mitra recorded many Atul Prasad and Dwijendralal Roy and modern Bengali songs. She was a member of  Indian Peoples Theatre (IPTA) for several years.  She had interest in acting also. She was influenced by legend Bengali cinema personalities like Pramathesh Barua, Debaki Basu, Sisir Kumar Bhaduri. Few years back she acted in Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali movie Dahan.

Suchitra Mitra and Viswa Bharati

Pankaj Mallick was the first guru of Suchitra Mitra in Rabindra Sangeet. She joined Sangeet Bhavan of Viswa Bharati just after the death of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, 20 days after the death.. At Sangeet Bhavan she got the guidance of  Indiradebi, Shantidev Ghosh and Shailajaranjan Mazumdar. Her first Rabindra Sangeet recording was released on 1945.  She joined Rabindra  Bharati University as a lecturer and afterwards she was head of the Department of music.

Awards and Recognitions

1.     Tagore Hymn Prize in 1945 from London Tagore Hymn Society.  2. Padma Shri in 1973 from Government of India  3. Sangeet Natak Academy award in 1986 from government of India  4. Desikottama from Viswa Bharati  5. Allauddin Puraskar from West Bengal government  6. HMV Golden Disc Award.  7. D.Litt.degrees by the Rabindra Bharati University, Burdwan University and Jadavpur University.

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