27 JUNE BANKIM CHANDRA CHATTERJEE (1838 to 1894)
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was born on 27 June 1838 in the village Kantalpara of the 24 Parganas District of Bengal. He is considered one of India’s foremost literary figures, as he was the first author to write both a Bengali and English novel. Some of his works include Devi Choudhurani, Durgeshnandini, Mrinalini, Anandamath, Raj Singh, and Kapala Kundala. Interestingly, Anandamath, which was published in 1882 was banned by the British government because it became synonymous with India’s struggle for freedom. In fact, the song Vande Mataram is first featured in this novel. It was later set to music by Rabindranath Tagore and also became the National Song of India. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee passed away on 08 April 1894.
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