Ramanath Tagore

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Ramanath Tagore
Born26 October 1801 (1801-10-26)
Died10 June 1877 (1877-06-11) (aged 75)

Ramanath Tagore CSI (26 October 1801 – 10 June 1877), also spelled Roma Nath Tagore, was one of the leading social figures in 19th-century Kolkata, British India. The son of Rammani Tagore[1] of the Jorasanko branch of the Tagore family, he was younger brother of Dwarkanath Tagore and a cousin of Prasanna Coomar Tagore.[2] Later, he acquired the family property at Battala, one of the Kolkata neighbourhoods.[3]


He became dewan of the Union Bank in 1829 and remained with the bank until it was wound up.[2] In his younger age, he was attracted towards the ideas of Ram Mohan Roy[2] and was one of the original trustees of the Brahmo Samaj.[4] Ramanath was one of the persons who initiated the establishment of the British Indian Association and was its president from 1867 to 1877.[2]

The Indian Association, along with its more moderate contemporary, the British Indian Association, played a catalytic role in building up political consciousness. ‘We are told in Bipin Pal’s memoirs that during the seventies Calcutta student community was a honeyomber with several societies. Next to Surendranath, there were several leaders like Kristo Das Pal, Rajendra Lala Mitra, Ramanath Tagore, Digamber Mitra, Rev K.M.Banerjee and Lalmohan Ghosh.’ [5]

He was one of the patrons of Hindu Mela.[6] One of the rare persons in that age to appreciate western art, he was one of the early collectors of paintings.[7]


As a member of the Bengal legislative council to which he was appointed in 1866, he so stoutly advocated the rights of the tenants that he was named the ‘Ryots Friend.’ He played a prominent part in municipal matters and it was chiefly because of his efforts that a proposal to shift the Nimtolla cremation ground was retained at its original location. He was nominated to the Viceroy’s Council in 1873 and created a Raja. In the 1874 Birthday Honours, he was made a Companion of the Order of the Star of India by Lord Northbrook, in recognition of services rendered by him during the famine. At the Proclamation Durbar of 1877, he was made a Maharaja by Lord Lytton, viceroy of India.[8]


In association with Prasanna Coomar Tagore, he started the Indian Reformer. He contributed extensively to the Harkara and Englishman under the pseudonym "Hindu."


  1. ^ Bandopadhyay, Hiranmay, Thakurbarir Katha, (in Bengali), p31, Sishu Sahitya Samsad.
  2. ^ a b c d Sengupta, Subodh Chandra and Bose, Anjali (editors), 1976/1998, Sansad Bangali Charitabhidhan (Biographical dictionary) Vol I, (in Bengali), p456, ISBN 81-85626-65-0
  3. ^ Bandopadhyay, Hiranmay, Thakurbarir Katha, (in Bengali), p19, Sishu Sahitya Samsad.
  4. ^ Sastri, Sivanath, History of the Brahmo Samaj, 1911-12/1993, p549, 557, Sadharan Brahmo Samaj, 211 Bidhan Sarani, Kolkata.
  5. ^ Sengupta, Nitish, History of the Bengali-speaking People, (2001/2002), p287, UBS Publishers’ Distributors Pvt. Ltd., ISBN 81-7476-355-4.
  6. ^ Sastri, Sivanath (2001) [1903], Ramtanu Lahiri O Tatkalin Banga Samaj (in Bengali), New Age Publishers Pvt. Ltd., page 151.
  7. ^ Guha Thakurta, Tapati, Art in Old Calcutta, the Melting Pot of Western Styles, in Calcutta, the Living City, Vol I, edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri, pp 148-151, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-563696-1.
  8. ^ Cotton, H.E.A., Calcutta Old and New, 1909/1980, p596, General Printers and Publishers Pvt. Ltd.