Vidya Bharati Alumni pays homage to Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, known as Sahitya Samrat, the composer of Indian National Song, Vande Mataram, is a key figure in literary renaissance of Bengal as well as the broader Indian subcontinent, on His Birth Anniversary.
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay occupies an unchallenged position as one of India’s foremost literary figures. He was the first author to write a novel in Bengali and also the first, in India, to write a novel in English.
Some of his most prominent works include Devi Choudhurani, Durgeshnandini, Mrinalini, Anandamath, Raj Singh and Kapala Kundala. Bankim Chandra was able to infuse into his work not only the patriotic or the romantic aspect of his characters but also the historical and social conditions of the time.
Anandamath, which was published in 1882, was banned by the British government because it became synonymous with the Indian struggle for independence. Vande Mataram, a clarion call for generations of Indian freedom fighters, was first featured in the novel and later made the National Song of India.
In remembrance of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and as a support toward the nation, let us join the Vidya Bharati Alumni Network.