Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay:180th Birth Anniversary

Today is 180th birth anniversary of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay the writer of our national song.Bankim Chandra Chatterjee also known as Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was one of the greatest novelists and poets of India. He is famous as author of Vande Mataram, the national song of India.

                           He also heralded a new era for Bengali literature.He wrote first English and Bengali novels in India.

Vande Mataram has been India’s national song since 1937. Sung by generations of Indians to evoke the motherland, the song was written by Bengali writer Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.Bankim’s lyrics were written in 1882 when nationalism itself was at a very nascent stage of development. He raised nationalism to the level of religion by identifying the Motherland with the Mother-Goddess.


Rajmohan’s WifeDurgeshnandiniKapalkundala a monthly literary magazine Bangadarshan ,Kamalakanter Daptar,Bishabriksha (The Poison Tree, 1873),Krishnakanta’s Will, 1878;His last work was Sitaram, published in 1886.

                          The most noteworthy contribution Bankim made to the nationalistic imagination was the political novel Anandamath which was based on the ‘sannyasi rebellion’ of the late 18th century. It was in Anandamath, that Bankim wrote the poem ‘Vande Mataram’.


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