Harindranath Chattopadhyay

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Harindranath Chattopadhyay
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Harindranath Chattopadhyay
In office
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Komarraju Atchamamba
Constituency Vijayawada constituency
Personal details
Born (1898-04-02)2 April 1898
Hyderabad, India
Died 23 June 1990(1990-06-23) (aged 92)
Mumbai, India
Spouse(s) Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay
Children Ramakrishna Chattopadhyaya
Religion Hindu[citation needed]

Harindranath Chattopadhyay (2 April 1898 – 23 June 1990) was a multi talented personality as an Indian English poet, a dramatist, an actor, a musician and a member of the 1st Lok Sabha from Vijayawada constituency.[1] He was the younger brother of Sarojini Naidu, the first woman President of Indian National Congress and Virendranath Chattopadhyay, a revolutionary.


Born in Hyderabad (erstwhile Hyderabad State, present day Telangana)[citation needed] in a Bengali Hindu Kulin Brahmin family to Aghornath Chattopadhyay, a scientist-philosopher and educationist, and Barada Sundari Devi, a poetess and singer, he is famous for poems like Noon and Shaper Shaped. His father was a Doctorate of Science from Edinburgh University, settled in Hyderabad State, where he founded and administered the Hyderabad College, which later became the Nizam's College in Hyderabad. His mother was a poetess and used to write poetry in Bengali. His other interests were politics, music, theatre and cinema. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1973.[citation needed] 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) their son Ramakrishna Chattopadhyaya is in Banagalore, India, today. Their divorce marked the very first legal separation granted by the courts of India.

Harindranath Chattopadhyay often recited his poem Rail Gaadi on All India Radio (Akashavani). The song was memorably sung by Ashok Kumar in the film Aashirwad. He himself wrote the lyrics, composed the music and sang a few songs, notable among which were Surya Ast Ho Gaya and Tarun Arun Se Ranjit Dharani. He also penned a number of poems for children in Hindi. His poems were appreciated even by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

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 14 April 1952 to 4 April 1957.[1]

His most famous acting role was in the movie Bawarchi (The Chef) which was made in 1972 ; it was adapted in Hindi by Gulzar from the Bengali film "Galpo Holeo Satyee", directed by Tapan Sinha. He enacted the role of strict and regimented patriarch of the house, where his sons, daughter in laws and grand children lived in a joint family and still respected and abided by his rules. His cameo in two Satyajit Ray films, "Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne" [as the wizard 'Barfi'] and "Sonar Kella" [as the human encyclopaedia – 'Sidhujyatha] – has etched him in permanence.

He died in 1990.



  • The Feast of Youth (1918)
  • The Magic Tree (1922)
  • Blood of Stones (1944)
  • Spring in Winter(1955)
  • Virgin and Vineyards (1967)

"The Lady's Giant breast"

  • the Earthen globlet
  • salute to R-day
  • Tati Tati Tota (in Hindi)


  • Surya Ast Ho Gaya
  • Tarun Arun Se Ranjit Dharani


  • Abu Hassan (1918)
  • Five Plays (1937)
  • Siddhartha, Man of Peace (1956)


Year Film Role Awards
1962 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam Ghari Babu
1963 Tere Ghar Ke Samne Seth Karam Chand
Gharbar Mr. Chaddha
The Householder Mr. Chaddha

1964 Sanjh Aur Savera Mama, Radha's uncle
1965 Teen Devian Mr. Pinto
1966 Pyar Mohabbat Thakur Shamsher Singh
Pinjre Ke Panchhi Father of Miss India 1965
1967 Raaz Baba
Raat Aur Din Dr. Dey
Naunihal Deranged male in Bombay
1968 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne(Bengali) The Magician
Abhilasha Albert D'Souza
Aashirwad Baiju 'Dholakia'
1971 Seemabaddha (Bengali) Sir Baren Roy
1972 Bawarchi Shiv Nath Sharma (Daduji)
1974 Sonar Kella (Bengali) Sidhu Jyatha (Uncle Sidhu)
1976 Mehbooba Rita's father
1978 Aankhyon Ke Jharokhon Se Mr. Rodriques
1981 Ghungroo Ki Awaaz Nawab Jung Bahadur
1982 Chalti Ka Naam Zindagi Mastermind behind spooking everyone two slaps
1984 Horký Podzim s Vuní Manga Rádz's grandfather
1988 Maalamaal Shri Mangat Ram


  1. ^ a b Ramana Rao, G.V. (1 April 2009). "When Andhra was a Left bastion". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 

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