Chattopadhyay, Harindranath

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Chattopadhyay, Harindranath Gender: M
born on 2 April 1898 at 16:15 (= 4:15 PM )
Place Haiderabad, India, 17n23, 78e29
Timezone LST m80e15 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 12°43' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 17°39 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 13°32'

Portrait of Harindranath Chattopadhyay 
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Harindranath Chattopadhyay
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Indian English poet, actor, and member of the 1st Lok Sabha from Vijayawada constituency. He was the younger brother of Sarojini Naidu, a child prodigy, Indian independence activist and poet.

Born to a scientist-philosopher and a poetess, Harindranath Chattopadhyay is famous for poems like Noon and Shaper Shaped. His other interests were politics, theatre and cinema. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1973. He married Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, a Socialist and leader of Women, who created the All India Women's Conference, the Indian Cooperative Union and also was the inspiration for the All Indian Handicraft's Board, a body which revived many Indian handicrafts, decimated by the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 19th century (Pottery and Weaving). They had one son. Their divorce marked the very first legal separation granted by the courts of India.

In 1951 Lok Sabha elections Harindranath Chattopadhyay won from Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency in Madras State as an independent candidate, supported by the Communist Party of India. He was the member of the 1st Lok Sabha from April 14, 1952 to April 4, 1957.

He died on June 23, 1990.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Life and Myself. Volume 1" by Harindranath Chattopadhyaya (Nalanda, 1948), p. 1: "According to the old Birthday Book, with yellowing pages and strange inscriptions of the date and time of birth of sisters and brothers who were born before me, I was born on the 2nd April, 1898 . . . in Hyderabad . . . [the clock] struck 4 o'clock in the afternoon while my mother was bearing me . . . and when the clock stood at a quarter after hour [sic], I came into the world, or rather, 'leapt naked' into it."

Previously Scholfield quoted Padmini Sathianadhan Sengupta's book, "Sarojini Naidu: A Biography" (Asia Publishing House, 1966), p. 19: "Harindranath Chattopadhyaya says that when he was born at 4 p.m. on April 2, 1898."


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet