Sarat Chandra Pandit
Sarat Chandra Pandit
Dadathakur sometime in the 1950s
|Born||27 April 1879|
Simladdi, Birbhum district, Bengal Presidency, British India (now West Bengal, India
|Died||27 April 1968 (aged 87)|
Jangipur, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
|Occupation||columnist, satirist, humorist, poet, social critic, lyricist|
|Genre||humour, poetry, satire, social criticism|
Sarat Chandra Pandit (27 April 1879 – 27 April 1968), 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 in Jangipur Sub-division of West Bengal, India. Most of his life he resided at Jangipur town. 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.
Sarat Chandra Pandit singly-handedly published the newspaper, 'Jungipore Sangbad' 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. 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. The local British administrators also became aware of him and his criticism.
The film Dadathakur was also awarded president award in the year 1962. The Jangipur sangbad ( Weekly newspaper ) was founded by Dadathakur himself which ran for 103 years.
- "History of Murshidabad". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- "Obituary: Sarat Chandra Pandit". The Indian Express. 28 April 1968. p. 7. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
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- Sera Manush Dadathakur (Bengali), Mitra, Nirmalranjan, Rupa & Co., Calcutta, 1951, p. 26 & 34
- "Rebellion in times of caution, The Telegraph, Kolkata". Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- Ramkrishna Bhattacharya (2015). Chapar Ghanto (Bengali). Kolkata: Sristisukh Prakashan. p. 79.
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