Ballygunge

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View of Ballygunge Circular Road

Ballygunge (Bengali: বালিগঞ্জ) is a locality in South Kolkata, India. It is flanked by Park Circus in the north, Kasba and the Eastern Railway south suburban line in the east, Dhakuria and the Lakes (now called Rabindra Sarobar) in the south, and the localities of Bhowanipore and Lansdowne in the west. The postal code of Ballygunge area is Kolkata 700 019.

Educational institutions[edit]

Ballygunge is home to some of the following educational institutions in Kolkata:

  1. Army Public School, Kolkata, Ballygunge Maidan Camp
  2. Ballygunge Government High School, Beltala
  3. Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan, Gariahat Road
  4. Ballygunge Science College, Ballygunge Circular Road
  5. Basanti Devi College, 147B Rash Behari Avenue, Kolkata-700029
  6. Dolna Day School,P-V, C.I.T. Scheme, K III Rashbehari Connector,Kasba,Kolkata, 700042,West Bengal,Phone: (33)24425032, 24424102
  7. Jagadbandhu Institution, 25, Fern Road, Kolkata. PIN 700019
  8. Kamala Girls' High School, Lake Road (Kavi Bharati Sarani)
  9. Kendriya Vidyalaya Ballygunge, Kolkata, Ballygunge Maidan Camp
  10. Lake Girls' School, Lake Terrace, Kolkata
  11. Modern High School for Girls, Syed Amir Ali Avenue
  12. Patha Bhavan (Montessori, Primary, High and Higher Secondary Schools), Swinhoe Street, Ekdalia Road, Palm Avenue, Ballygunge Place and Merlin Park
  13. South City College, Golpark
  14. South Point School, Mandeville Gardens
  15. St. Lawrence High School, Ballygunge Circular Road
  16. Tirthapati Institution, Rash Behari Avenue
  17. University Law College, Hazra Road
  18. South Calcutta Law College, Swinhoe Street
  19. Adi Ballygunge Vidyalaya, Rifle Road

Notable people from Ballygunge[edit]

  • Jibanananda Das,the most famous poet in the post Rabindranath period in Bengali literature, lived on Rash Behari Avenue. He was killed in a tragic tram accident near the Lansdowne - Rash Behari Avenue crossing.
  • Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay,the noted physician, who is credited with the second "test tube" birth in the world, lived at Southern Avenue. His life forms the basis for the film Ek Doctor Ki Maut.
  • Satyendranath Tagore, first Indian I.C.S. Officer, and elder brother of Rabindra Nath, built a house on Store Road (now Gurusaday Dutt Road), which is now the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (Gurusaday Dutt Road).
  • Swarnakumari Devi (Mrs J. N. Ghosal), elder sister of Rabindra Nath, mother of Sir Jyotsna Nath Ghosal, ICS, lived with the latter at his house: 3 Sunny Park.
  • Gurusaday Dutt, ICS, authority on folk art and folk dances of Bengal and Founder of the Bratachari Movement and the Saroj Nalini Dutt Memorial Association for women's welfare, lived on Store Road which now bears his name
  • Ghanshyam Das Birla, businessman and industrialist used to stay at Gurusaday Dutt Rd, where his descendants continue to live.
  • Satyendra Chandra Mitra, noted Congress leader and first President of the Bengal Legislative Council (1937–42)lived at 20 Southend Park.
  • Jyoti Basu, former Chief Minister of West Bengal has his ancestral house at 55B Hindustan Park and lived there till the mid eighties
  • Buddhadev Bhattacharya, former Chief Minister of West Bengal, lives at 59A Palm Avenue
  • Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of the House of the People (Lok Sabha) occupies his ancestral house at P514 Raja Basanta Roy Road
  • Pranab Mukherjee, Union Cabinet Minister (responsible at various times for Finance, Commerce, External Affairs and Defence Ministries)and the present president of India has a residence at 60/2/7 Lake Road
  • Indrajit Gupta, once Union Home Minister, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India, elected MP for 9 sessions, lived at 1 Dover Road (ancestral house)
  • Dr. Nares Chandra Sen-Gupta, Noted Bengali novelist and legal scholar, lived at 22/26 Monoharpukur Road and Cooper Street prior to that which has since been renamed after him.
  • Aroti Dutt well-known Social Worker, former President of the Associated Country Women of the World and of Saroj Nalini Dutt Memorial Association, lived on Gurusaday Dutt Rd.
  • Prof. Meghnad Saha, noted physicist, founder of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, used to live on what is now Southern Avenue.
  • Sarat Chandra Chatterjee noted Bengali novelist lived on Ashwini Dutt Road.
  • Satyajit Ray, film maker of worldwide fame, Academy Award Winner, used to live on Lake Temple Road.
  • Suchitra Sen, famous Bengali film actress lived on Ballygunge Circular Road.
  • Hemanta Mukherjee, doyen of Bengali music, (known as Hemant Kumar to the fans of his Hindi songs) used to live on Lake Avenue.
  • Sachin Dev Burman lived in a house that he built in Southend Park.
  • Suchitra Mitra, noted exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, used to live on Swinhoe Street.
  • Buddhadeva Bose, a major Bengali writer of the twentieth century, the most multi-talented amongst those belonging to what is for convenience termed the 'post-Tagore' period, used to live at 202 Rash Behari Avenue.
  • Sunil Gangopadhyay, well known novelist and poet, lived in Mandeville Gardens
  • Buddhadeb Guha, well known novelist and poet, and his wife, noted exponent of Rabindra Sangeet Ritu Guha live on Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue
  • Ruma Guha Thakurta, Singer, Actress and founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, lives at 38 Ballygunge Place.
  • Nabanita Deb Sen, Littérateur, and only daughter of the poets Naren Dev and Radharani Devi, former wife of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, lives in the ancestral house "Bhaalobasha", 72 Hindustan Park.
  • Subrata Mukherjee, former Mayor of Kolkata, stays on Ekdalia Road.
  • P. C. Sorcar, Jr., magician, stays (like his father before him) on Ballygunge Station Road.
  • Mani Shankar Mukherjee (Shankar), well known Bengali writer and one of the best sellers in Bengali literature, stays at a flat on Bondel Road, Ballygunge.
  • Prof. Pranab Kumar Mitra Noted Medical Practitioner, Teacher and Poet resides in Kankulia Road.
  • Anup Ghoshal, eminent singer in Bengali films lives in Mandeville Gardens.
  • Debabrata Biswas, Famous Rabindra Sangeet exponent had his house behind Triangular Park on Purna Das Road.

Gallery[edit]

'KCI Plaza' at Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue
Paramount Apts, Ballygunge Circular Rd
Gariahat Flyover near Golpark
Astral Apts & Atria shopping plaza
Gariahat Road 'Pantaloons'
Mukti World night view
'Birla Temple', Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Kolkata/South travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 22°32′N 88°22′E / 22.533°N 88.367°E / 22.533; 88.367