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  Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay (1838 - 1894)

Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay was born in 1838 in Kanthalpara, district 24 Paraganas, to an orthodox Brahmin family. He was the youngest of three brothers. His elder brother, Sanjibchandra, was also an author. Bankimchandra studied first at the Hooghly College and later graduated from the Presidency College, Calcutta. He was one of the first (two) graduates from this college. Later, he obtained a degree in Law, and was appointed Deputy Collector of Jessore. He retired as a Deputy Magistrate.

His first published fiction was Rajmohan's Wife (1964), in English. From then on, he went publishing his work in Bengali. Among his novels are Durgeshnandini, Kapalkundala, Mrinalini, Vishabriksha, Devi Chaudhurani, Anandamath, Rajani, etc. Besdies novels, he wrote considerable volume of essays and satires, such as Kamalakanter Daptar. He edited one of the influential magazines of the time called Bangadarshan.

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Published March, 2009

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