Chattopadhyay, Bankim Chandra

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Chattopadhyay, Bankim Chandra Gender: M
Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
born on 26 June 1838 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Naihati, India, 22n54, 88e25
Timezone LMT m88e25 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 04°29' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 27°10 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 08°57'

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
photo: Srijeet1988, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Bengali writer, poet and journalist, widely regarded as a key figure in the literary renaissance of Bengal as well as India. Some of his writings, including novels, essays and commentaries, were a breakaway from traditional verse-oriented Indian writings, and provided an inspiration for authors across India.

He was the composer of India's national song Vande Mataram, originally a Bengali and Sanskrit stotra personifying India as a mother goddess and inspiring the activists during the Indian Freedom Movement.

Bankim Chandra wrote 13 novels and several 'serious, serio-comic, satirical, scientific and critical treaties' in Bengali. His works were widely translated into other regional languages of India as well as in English.

He died on 8 April 1894, Kolkata.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Collins, Wilkie (born 8 January 1824). Notes: Both used autobiographical plots in their novels


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Foundations of Nationalism in India: A Study of Bankimchandra Chatterjee" by M. K. Haldar (Ajanta, 1989), p. 3: "Chatterji was born at 9 PM on Sunday, the 26th of June, 1838, at Kanthalpara in West Bengal."


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (India's national song Vande Mataram)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet