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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Biography

  • Full Name - Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhya
  • Born - 26 September 1820
    Ghatal subdivision, Paschim Mednapur, West Bengal, India
  • Died - 29 July 1891 (aged 70) Friday
    Calcutta, West Bengal, India
  • Occupation - Writer, reformer, lecturer
  • Language - bengali
  • Nationality - Indian
  • Ethnicity - Bengali
  • Citizenship - British India
  • Genres - Philosopher, academic, educator, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer, philanthropist
  • Literary Movement - Bengal Renaissance
  • Books Authored by Vidyasagar -
    • Betaal Panchabinsati (1847)
    • Bangala-r Itihaas (1848)
    • Jeebancharit (1850)
    • Bodhadoy (1851)
    • Upakramanika (1851)
    • Shakuntala (1855)
    • Bidhaba Bibaha Bishayak Prostab (1855)

The Bengali philosopher, educator, academic,  writer, translator, publisher, printer,  entrepreneur, , philanthropist and reformer  Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar,  born on 26 September 1820 with a childhood name Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was a key figure of the Bengal’s language Renaissance, who pioneered the task of  simplifying and modernizing Bengali prose significantly, who  also brought in rationalization  and simplification of  the Bengali alphabets and types, which had remained unattended for a long time since the original linguists Charles Wilkins and Panchanan Karmakar had structured the  Bengali types in 1780. Ishwar Chandra was conferred the title "Vidyasagar"  which literally means Ocean of learning or Ocean of knowledge by the Calcutta Sanskrit College, in which Institution he had his graduation, seeing his deep involvement and  participation in Sanskrit studies and valuable contribution to Sanskrit philosophy, as  the Sanskrit knowledge is so vast and traditional, one working with deep involvement in such an area should be rightly recognized.

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