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Ramananda Chatterjee

Bengali Journalist Ramananda Chatterjee
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Ramananda Chatterjee was an editor and journalist of Indian origin. He was born on May 29, 1865 and was a Bengali Hindu Brahmin who grew up in the village of Pathakpara in the Bankura district. He was born to Srinath Chattopadhyay and Harasundari Devi and was their third child. He attended a Bengali medium school for his primary education even though an English medium education had already become available in Bankura. Since his childhood he was intrigued by poems and his interest deepened afterreading the works of Rangalal Bandyopadhyay. Ramananda Chatterjee passed the Bankura Banga Vidyalaya's Student-Scholarship Exam in 1875, as well as the Bankura Zilla School's Entrance Exam in 1883.

He went on to pursue higher education in Kolkata, where he passed the F.A. from St. Xavier's College in 1885 and then enrolled in the City College. In the year 1888, he achieved first rank in the University of Calcutta after appearing in the B.A. exams. The fifty rupee monthly Ripon Scholarship was awarded to him. Ramananda Chatterjee was offered the post of assistant editor at the Indian Messenger, the mouthpiece of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj, by Heramba Chandra Maitra, the editor at that time, after seeing and being impressed by his immense success and talent. This offer opened up Chatterjee's future career in journalism. He earned a Master of Arts in English in 1890 from the University of Calcutta. Chatterjee further expanded his publishing endeavors by launching several magazines.

One of them was called the Modern Review, and it was published in English language. He even started a Hindi-language magazine called Vishal Bharat. Chatterjee was the editor and owner of the Modern Review, which was based in Calcutta. People often call him the Father of Indian Journalism because he made such important contributions to the field. Before all of that, Chatterjee worked as a lecturer at City College starting in 1893. He and his friend Jagadish Chandra Bose even started a magazine for kids called Mukul. After a couple of years, he moved to Allahabad and became a teacher at the Allahabad Kayastha Pathshala. In 1897, he became the chief editor of a Bengali literary magazine called Pradip. But he left that job because of some conflicts of interest and started a new magazine called Prabasi in 1901.


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