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Krishna Chandra Das (K.C.Das)
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Native name
কৃষ্ণ চন্দ্র দাশ
Born1869
Died1934 (aged 65)
ResidenceBagbazar, Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
NationalityBritish India
Other namesK.C. Das, Inventor of Rossomalai
OccupationBusinessman, Confectioner, Entrepreneur
Years active1900-1934
OrganizationK.C.Das Pvt.Ltd
Known forInventor of Rossomalai, Canned Rossogolla
PredecessorNobin Chandra Das
SuccessorSarada Charan Das
MovementBengali renaissance
Spouse(s)Shwetangini Devi
Children6
RelativesBhola Moira
Websitewww.kcdas.co.in

Krishna Chandra Das (1869-1934), more commonly referred to as K.C. Das, was a Bengali confectioner,[1] entrepreneur, businessman and Bengali cultural icon[2] of the early 20th century. Born in the year 1869 in Bagbazar, Kolkata, India, Krishna Chandra was the only son and successor of the Bengali confectioner and sweetmeat inventor Nobin Chandra Das.[3] Krishna Chandra was a versatile enthusiast with a spirit of scientific exploration. He developed an electric loom, a soda fountain machine, did extensive research on homeopathy, and researched eastern and western classical music.[4] Krishna Chandra Das became an iconic figure in the 1930s Kolkata with his original creation the "Rossomalai"[5] and the vacuum canned "Rossogolla",[6] which were popularized and promoted throughout India by his family organization K.C. Das Private Limited, founded by Krishna Chandra’s son and successor Sarada Charan Das.[7]

Historical Background[edit]

Nobin Chandra Das left his confectionery business to his only son Krishna Chandra Das.[8] Krishna pioneered an exploratory spirit in the family confectionery business, enabling it to grow as a leading Indian confectioner.[9]

Krishna Chandra, having an immense liking for scientific innovations and machinery, initially started a mechanical and scientific workshop at Bagbazar. His primary focus was developing new technology to modernize and revamp the Bengali sweet confectionery.[10] Unfortunately his mother Khridmoni Devi[11] vehemently opposed the idea of redefining Nobin Chandra Das’ confectionery in the light of science and experimentation. This drove Krishna Chandra (K.C.Das) to break out of his father’s confectionery and create an original development as an extension to the family business under his own title. His vision to imbibe scientific methodology was soon realized and rewarded in terms of economic and technological success. It is probably largely due to the pioneering efforts of K.C. Das that the "Rossogolla" is widely regarded as the national sweet of India.[12][13]

Life and family[edit]

Besides being privileged to have the legendary "Nobin Moira" as his father, Krishna Chandra also inherited a well-known confectionery legacy from his mother’s family. His mother, Khirodmoni Devi, was the granddaughter of Bholanath Dey, better known as "Bhola Moira" in the history of nineteenth century Bengal. "Bhola Moira" holds a place in Bengali folklore and culture, not just as a professional confectioner but as an accomplished poet-minstrel.[14] Krishna Chandra was married to Shwetangini Devi, who was known to be a great beauty of her time.[citation needed] They had five sons and one daughter. In 1930, Krishna Chandra started his first shop, "Krishna Chandra Das Confectioner" with his youngest son,[15] Sarada Charan Das.

Contributions and legacy[edit]

Krishna Chandra’s major contribution was the introduction of the canned Rossogolla and the creation of "Rossomalai” in the year 1930, which became perennial favorites. To market his innovations, Krishna Chandra opened a new confectionery shop at Jorasanko (in 1930) with his youngest enthusiastic son Sarada Charan Das. From there he popularized the canned Rossogolla, which was the first and only canned dessert manufactured in India at that time.[16] This was the inception of the "K.C. Das" confectionery company, which was later enhanced and legally reestablished as K.C. Das Private Limited[17] under the Companies’ Act of 1946 by Krishna Chandra’s son and successor Sarada Charan Das. Krishna Chandra died within four years of the opening of the company, leaving the affairs of the nascent company in the able hands of Sarada Charan. Today K.C. Das Private Limited is widely acknowledged for their original creations such as "Rossogolla" and "Rossomalai".[18][19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Krishna Chandra Das". www.iaslic1955.org. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  2. ^ "K.C. Das". www.kcdas.co.in. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ Bishwanath Ghosh (29 October 2014). Longing, Belonging: An Outsider At Home In Calcutta. Westland. p. 177. ISBN 978-93-84030-60-5.
  4. ^ "K.C. Das". www.kcdas.co.in. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMCbYULUB8g
  6. ^ "K.C. Das Grandson Private Limited - Manufacturer & Exporter of CANNED SWEETS & INDIAN SWEETS from Kolkata". www.indiamart.com. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  7. ^ Ghosh, Bishwanath (15 November 2014). "Kolkata Chromosome: Like KC for 'rossogolla'". livemint.com/. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/bengali.udhyogpati/posts/684253301596204
  9. ^ http://www.kcdas.co.in/history.php
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMCbYULUB8g
  11. ^ Nobin Chandra Das
  12. ^ http://www.pinkjooz.com/index.php/rosogolla-who-owns-it-bengal-or-orissa/
  13. ^ "Rasgulla: National Sweet Of India". iFood.tv. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  14. ^ Kavigan
  15. ^ "K.C. Das". www.kcdas.co.in. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  16. ^ Dhiman Das (3 December 2011), K.C.Das Rossogolla/Rosogolla/Rasgulla Story, retrieved 26 April 2016
  17. ^ "K.C. Das". www.kcdas.co.in. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  18. ^ "The Inventors of Rosogolla !! - Reviews, Photos - K.C. Das - TripAdvisor". www.tripadvisor.in. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  19. ^ IshitaUnblogged (16 April 2012). "Rôshogolla or Rasgulla – Bengali's Own Sweet". IshitaUnblogged. Retrieved 26 April 2016.