La Martiniere Calcutta

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La Martinière Calcutta
La Martiniere, Calcutta by Francis Frith.jpg
La Martiniere Calcutta ca. 1850-1870 by Francis Frith
11, Loudon Street (Boys)
14, Rawdon Street (Girls)

Kolkata, West Bengal 700 017
Type Private
Motto Labour et contantia
(By Labour and Constancy)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian (Protestant)
Denomination Church of North India
Established 1 March 1836 (1836-03-01)
Founder Major General Claude Martin
Sister school La Martiniere Lucknow
La Martiniere Lyon
School board ICSE (year 10)
ISC (year 12)
Session April to March
Chairman The Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas (Bishop of Calcutta)
Principal John Rafi(Boys)
Rupkatha Sarkar (Girls)
Age 2+ to 18+
Language English
Campus type Urban
Houses Hastings (Red), Charnock (Green), Martin (Blue), Macaulay (Yellow)
School colour(s) Black and Amber (Boys)
Dark and Light Blue (Girls)
Song "Hail! Hail! The name we own" by Frederick James Rowe
Nickname Martinians
National ranking 4 (Boys)
1 (Girls)
Yearbook The Chronicle (Boys)
Benefactor Paul Chater

La Martinière Calcutta (informally known as LMC) is an independent private day school located in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal. It comprises two single-gender boys and girls schools. It was established in 1836 in accordance with the will of the French soldier of fortune and philanthropist, Major General Claude Martin. They are both Christian schools, controlled by the Protestant Church of North India and independent from the Government, with English as the primary language of instruction.[1][2]

La Martiniere Calcutta has an annual meet with La Martiniere Lucknow hosted in the month of September.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jaidip Mukerjea ('59 batch), tennis
  • Chhanda Gain, first Bengali woman to climb Mount Everest
  • Leander Paes ('92 batch), tennis: till Class VII only; he transferred thereafter to the Brittania Academy, Madras)
  • Sunanda K. Datta-Ray ('54 batch), author, journalist and former editor of The Statesman
  • Rajiv Mehrotra ('69 batch), award-winning documentary film maker. iconic 'voice' and television anchor. Managing Trustee, Public Service Broadcasting Trust.
  • Jug Suraiya ('62 batch), humourist and journalist
  • Pritish Nandy ('69 batch), poet, journalist and film producer.
  • Swapan Dasgupta ('72 batch), journalist, political commentator and Member of Parliament.
  • Chandan Mitra (Gold Medallist, '72 batch), Ex-Member of Parliament, owner of The Pioneer newspaper; author of "Constant Glory", an authorized history of La Martinière.
  • Paranjoy Guha Thakurta ('72 batch), journalist, Editor of EPW.
  • Prannoy Roy, television broadcaster. (till Class V; he transferred thereafter to Doon School, Dehra Dun)
  • Suhel Seth ('82 batch), advertising professional and TV personality.
  • Catchick Paul Chater (1864 batch), Father of modern Hong Kong, benefactor to the College (Rupees 1.1 million in the 1910s). Chater was a Foundation Scholar.
  • Vijay Mallya ('72 batch, Hastings House Captain), Chairman of the United Breweries (UB) Group and ex Rajya Sabha member
  • Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman and CEO, Bengal Ambuja Group
  • Pramod Bhasin ('75 batch), founder and first CEO of Genpact.
  • Hemant Kanoria ('80 batch), founder and Chairman of SREI Infrastructure Finance
  • John Mason (Good Conduct Medal, '62 batch), educationist. Mason was a Foundation Scholar and later teacher.
  • Nirmalya Kumar ('77 batch), business writer, Professor and Director for Aditya V. Birla India Centre at London Business School.
  • Rahul Banerjee ('78 batch), activist
  • Ashok Malik ('88 batch), official press spokesman for the President of India
  • Rajit Gadh, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nafisa Ali, actress/ model, Miss India in 1975, also a National Swimming champion
  • Bickram Ghosh ('84 batch), tabla pandit
  • Merle Oberon, (1929 batch), Hollywood actress
  • Kiran Rao ('85 batch, plus 2 only), film producer ("Dhobi Ghat")
  • Kumar Mukherjee ('90 batch), Hindustani Classical singer")
  • Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo ('61 batch), Union Cabinet minister (Information and Broadcasting) in the 1980s
  • Anuvab Pal (comedian) ('95 batch), comedian, author and scriptwriter
  • Ramit Tandon ('11 batch), Asian Games'18 squash bronze medalist
  • Saurabh Kothari ('08 batch), world billiards champion


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