La Martiniere Calcutta
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|La Martinière Calcutta|
La Martiniere Calcutta in 1800 by Francis Frith
|11, Loudon Street (Boys)
14, Rawdon Street (Girls)
Kolkata, West Bengal 700 017
|Motto||Labore et Constantia
(By Labour and Constancy)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Christian (Protestant)|
|Denomination||Church of North India|
|Established||1 March 1836|
|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 F. Rafi (Boys)
Rupkatha Sarkar (Girls)
|Chaplain||Rev. Nigel Pope|
|Age||2+ to 18+|
|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|
|National ranking||4 (Boys)
|Yearbook||The Chronicle (Boys)|
|Affiliation||Church of North India|
La Martinière Calcutta (informally known as LMC) is an independent private day school located in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal. It comprises two single-sex boys and girls school. 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.
|Founder of Calcutta||Governor General||British Politician||School founder|
La Martinière coat of arms
The La Martinière coat of arms was designed by the founder Claude Martin. It is supported by seven flags, each bearing the design of a fish, the emblem of Oudh. The devices on the escutcheon appear to epitomise Claude Martin's life. The ship recalls his voyage to India where he established his fortune. The lion with the pennant represents his career as an officer in the East India Company and with the Nawab of Oudh The setting sun behind the castellated building to the right of the shield has been said to point to the sunset of his days and the large part which the building of "Constantia" played in his later years. The coat of arms and the accompanying motto Labore et Constantia are now shared by all the schools founded by Martin.
- 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 and political commentator.
- Chandan Mitra (Gold Medallist, '72 batch), Member of Parliament and journalist; author of "Constant Glory", an authorized history of La Martinière.
- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta ('72 batch), journalist
- Prannoy Roy, television broadcaster. (till Class V; he transferred thereafter to Doon School, Dehra Dun)
- Suhel Seth ('82 batch), advertising and TV
- 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 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.
- Nirmalya Kumar ('77 batch), business writer, Professor and Director for Aditya V. Birla India Centre at London Business School.
- 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
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