ACK-084:Raj Singh

An out of print ACK #099

This Amar Chitra Katha is an adaptation of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya's famous Bengali novel RAJ SINGH (link to a Hindi site).

According to the publisher, they tried their best to be authentic in this ACK & the incidents involving the princess of Roop Nagar are found in Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan –Volume I.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Biography

June 27, 1838
Died: April 8, 1894
Achievements: Author of Vande Mataram, the national song of India

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee also known as Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was one of the greatest novelists and poets of India. He is famous as author of Vande Mataram, the national song of India.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was born on June 27, 1838 in the village Kantalpara of the 24 Paraganas District of Bengal. He belonged to a family of Brahmins. The word 'Bankim Chandra' in Bengali means 'the moon on the second day of the bright fortnight'. Bankim Chandra's father Yadav Chandra Chattopadhyaya was in government service. After his birth he was posted to Midnapur as Deputy Collector.

Bankim Chandra ChatterjeeBankim Chandra Chatterjee had his early education in Midnapur. He was a brilliant student. After his early education in Midnapur Bankim Chandra Chatterji joined the Mohsin College at Hoogly and studied there for six years. Apart from his textbooks, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, used to read other books in his leisure time. He was very much interested in the study of Sanskrit. His study of Sanskrit stood him in good stead. Later, when he wrote books in Bengali his knowledge of Sanskrit helped him immensely.

In 1856, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee joined the Presidency College in Calcutta. In 1857, there was a strong revolt against the rule of East India Company but Bankim Chandra Chatterjee continued his studies and passed his B.A. Examination in 1859. The Lieutenant Governor of Calcutta appointed Bankim Chandra Chatterjee as Deputy Collector in the same year. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was in Government service for thirty-two years and retired in 1891. He was a very conscientious worker.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was married when he was only eleven . At that time his wife was only five years old. Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was only twenty two when his wife died. After some time he married again. His second wife was Rajlakshmi Devi. They had three daughters but no son.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee began his literary career as a writer of verse. He then turned to fiction. Durgeshnandini, his first Bengali romance, was published in 1865. His famous novels include Kapalkundala (1866), Mrinalini (1869), Vishbriksha (1873), Chandrasekhar (1877), Rajani (1877), Rajsimha (1881), and Devi Chaudhurani (1884). Bankim Chandra Chatterjee most famous novel was Anand Math (1882). Anand Math contained the song "Bande Mataram", which was later adopted as National Song.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee Bankim Chandra Chatterjee wanted to bring about a cultural revival of Bengal by stimulating the intellect of the Bengali speaking people through literary campaign. With this end in view he brought out monthly magazine called Bangadarshan in 1872.

Bankim Chatterjee was superb story-teller, and a master of romance. No Bengali writer before or since has enjoyed such spontaneous and universal popularity as Chatterjee. His novels have been translated in almost all the major languages of India. He passed away on April 8, 1894.

(~ From www.iloveindia.com)

Read more about Bankim Chatterjee at Wikipedia

Many many thanks to “Ajay Misra” for providing ACK scan.

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8 comments:

bharat March 4, 2009 at 1:29 AM  

Dear Prabhat..Thanks for the new ACK

Apoorva Chandar March 4, 2009 at 7:32 AM  

thanks prabhat and ajay

Amith Nag March 4, 2009 at 9:47 AM  

Thanks Prabhat and contributers. Prabhat, will ACKnowledge and HnM be two parallel ACK blogs from now on?

Prabhat's Books and Comics March 4, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Bharat: Welcome!

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Prabhat's Books and Comics March 4, 2009 at 7:10 PM  

Amith Nag: Welcome! Two blogs more comics. You are winner finally. :)

TheBlabberingBard March 6, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

The more the merrier..thanks prabhat and ajay

Prabhat's Books and Comics March 6, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

TheBlabberingBard: Welcome friend! Keep visiting, hoping it'll be wonderful year for ACK.

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