Sarat Chandra Pandit

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Sarat Chandra Pandit
Dadathakur sometime in the 1950s
Dadathakur sometime in the 1950s
Born(1879-04-27)27 April 1879
Simlandi, Bhadrapur, Birbhum district, Bengal Presidency, British India (now West Bengal, India
Died27 April 1968(1968-04-27) (aged 87)
West Bengal, India
Occupationcolumnist, satirist, humorist, poet, social critic, lyricist
Genrehumour, poetry, satire, social criticism

Sarat Chandra Pandit (27 April 1879 – 27 April 1968),[1][2] better known as ‘Dada Thakur’ (দাদাঠাকুর), was a well-known composer of humorous rhymes, writer, publisher and social critic. He had his ancestral house at Dafarpur[3] in West Bengal, India. However, the ancestral seat of the Pandits were originally at Dharmapur, a village in Rampurhat subdivision, Birbhum District of West Bengal. Sarat Chandra Pandit's grandfather Ishan Chandra Pandit left his ancestral village Dharmapur and settled in Dafarpur following a family conflict.[4]

Sarat Chandra Pandit single-handedly published the newspaper 'Jungipore Sangbad', from Jangipur playing the roles of author, press-compositor, proof-reader and printer. Initially he was assisted by his wife and temporary workers in running the press, a wooden hand-press which was run in his bedroom. He also published 'Bidushak' [বিদূষক] (Jester), a pamphlet of satire, humor and social commentary and used it as his weapon for social change and to bring public awareness against corruption.


He was known for his ability to memorise, ability to compose at will rhymes and songs full of puns and wit.[5] Sarat Chandra Chatterjee gave him the name 'Bidushak Sarat Chandra' in recognition of his very popular humorous compositions. His keen knowledge of both the Bengali, Hindi and English languages made him a unique composer of multilingual rhymes and witticisms. He created much Bengali Palindrome.[6] The local British administrators also became aware of him and his criticism.[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

The Bengali film Dada Thakur (1962) was made in his lifetime commemorating his life, with Chhabi Biswas playing the titular role of Dadathakur.[7] This film Dadathakur was also awarded president award in the year 1962.[8]


  1. ^ "History of Murshidabad". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Sarat Chandra Pandit". The Indian Express. 28 April 1968. p. 7. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Dafarpur". Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  4. ^ Sera Manush Dadathakur (Bengali), Mitra, Nirmalranjan, Rupa & Co., Calcutta, 1951, p. 26 & 34
  5. ^ "Rebellion in times of caution, The Telegraph, Kolkata". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  6. ^ Ramkrishna Bhattacharya (2015). Chapar Ghanto (Bengali). Kolkata: Sristisukh Prakashan. p. 79.
  7. ^ "Dada Thakur (1962)". Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  8. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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