Sambad Prabhakar

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Sambad Prabhakar
সংবাদ প্রভাকর
Type Daily newspaper
Publisher Ishwar Chandra Gupta
Editor Ishwar Chandra Gupta
Founded 1831
Political alignment none
Language Bengali
Headquarters Kolkata, Bengal, British India

Sambad Prabhakar (Bengali: সংবাদ প্রভাকর) was a Bengali daily newspaper founded by Ishwar Chandra Gupta and published in the first half of the nineteenth century. It began as a weekly newspaper in 1831 and became a daily eight years later in 1839. It was the first Bengali daily newspaper. Sambad Prabhakar covered news on India and abroad and put forward its views on religion, politics, society, and literature.


Sambad Prabhakar was the brainchild of Ishwar Chandra Gupta. He was patronized by Jogendra Mohan Thakur of Pathuriaghata. It began as a weekly newspaper launched on January 28, 1831 (16 Magh 1237BS).[1] As stated, Mr. Thakur was the backbone to this paper and his death caused the paper to close publication in 1832.

In 1836, the newspaper was revived by Ishwar Chandra Gupta and appeared as a tri-weekly on August 10, 1836. The Thakurs of Pathurighata lent a helping hand to the paper again and in 1837 the Sambad Prabhakar became the first Bengali language daily on June 14, 1839. [1]



Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay began his literary career with compositions published in the Sambad Prabhakar.[2]