Distinguished Alumni 

 

 Bethune College has such a long list of illustrious alumnae  that it is not possible to  give a complte list. Also, many of our alumni are not in toucb with Sammilani. We hope that with the activation of this website many of our former students who are living outside West Bengal and abroad will be able to come in touch with their Alma mater and with their old class-mates.

 

 With the exception of  the names of Chandramukhi Bose and Dr. Kadambini Ganguli, the names of alumnae are arranged alphabetically.

 

 

 

Chandramukhi Bose –  One of the two first female graduates of India and first graduate of Bethune College in 1883. She was also the first woman to acquire a Master’s degree from Calcutta University. 

Chandramukhi was born on 3rd August, 1860, in Mahanad, Bengl and later came to Deradun.. Her father was Rev. Bidhu Mohan Bose, at one time Headmaster of A. P. Mission High School, Dehradun. Chandramukhi obtained her Master’s degree in 1884 from Calcutta University. Pundit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on this occasion presented her with a copy of Shakespeare’s works.

 

Chandramukhi became the Lady superintendent of Bethune School from 1886 and later became the first lady Principal of Bethune When the College separated from the School. She retired in 1901 due to ill-health. Her devotion to her duties and her hard work increased the numbers of female students of the College considerably even in the extremely conservative atmosphere of the nineteenth century Bengal. 

However, the hard work took its toll on her health and she retired prematurely on 11th October, 1901. 

After retirement she came to Dehradun and married Keshwarananda Mamgain on 2nd April, 1903. She was a very kind and loving mother to the two children of Keshwarananda who have said that she never let them feel that she was their step-mother. Chandramukhi had become very weak during her last days. Her two children took good care of her. She died on 3rd February, 1944.

 

 

 

 

 (Dr.). Kadambini Ganguli – Born in 1862, Chandramukhi Bose was the daughter of Babu Brajakisore Bose. Along with Chandramukhi Bose, she graduated from Bethune College in 1883 and became one of the two first lady graduates of India. The same year she was married to (Dr.) Dwarakanath Ganguli, and was encouraged by her husband to study medicine. After much trouble and threat of recourse of legal action, Calcutta Medical College allowed her to be admitted as a medical student. She took a full course of medical education, but in the final examination failed to secure the degree. Undaunted, she decided to complete her education by going to England which she did in 1892. After returning from England, she was attached to Lady Dufferin Hospital for a long time. She was a dedicated and efficient physician

Mrs. Ganguli also exhibited unusual social and political awareness. She participated in the fifth session of the Indian National Congress at Tivoli Gardens, Calcutta, in 1890. She became the President of Transvaal Indian Association which was formed after the imprisonment of Mahatma Gandhi in the Transvaal. She worked untiringly in the interest of the Indians in Transvaal. She also played a prominent role in the Ladies Conference held in 1907. She spoke eloquently in the Medical Conference of 1915 against Calcutta Medical College’s practice of not admitting female candidates in its medical course. As a result of her lecture, Calcutta Medical College revised her policies and the doors of this prestigious institutions were opened for female students. Kadambini Ganguli was an enthusiastic supporter of female suffrage. After her husband’s death in 1898, who was her friend, philosopher and guide, she had largely withdrawn from public life and it had taken a big toll on her health also. Even  after that she worked untiringly in the interest of the women. Just one year before her death, she visited Bihar and Orissa with Mrs. K. N. Ray in the interests of women mining laborers there. 

 

She died on 7th October, 1923, within fifteen minutes after returning from her regular medical calls and before any medical aid could be furnished.

 

 

Kadambini Ganguli is the epitome of unflinching courage, unfazed determination along with a tender, sensitive heart which nursed the poor and the sick and fought for the injustice directed towards them,  In the history of female education of India, the name of Kadambinin Ganguli will remain written in golden letters. Bethune College is proud of such an alumna.

 

 

Alphabetically arranged list of some distinguished alumni

 

 

 

 

Lady Abala Bose: Educationist and social worker, wife of Sir J. C. Bose. Abala was the second daughter of Durgamohan Das. Abala was among the third batch of students who passed Entrance examination from Bethune School. She is the younger sister of Sarala Roy, wife of P.K. Roy – the first Indian Principal of Presidency College. Abala went to Madras to study medicine but could not complete the course due to her marriage of Jagadish Chandra Bose. She took up the administration of Brahmo Balika Vidayala after her elder sister gave up this charge and performed it with ably. She emphasized the vocational aspect of women’s education and in 1925 established ‘Mahila Shilpabhavan’ with the aim of teaching needle work and tailoring to women. 

In spite of visiting Europe many times, Abala Bose always showed a nationalistic spirit. Kind hearted and a visionary, Abala Bose’s contribution to women’s education is immeasurable.

 

 

Abha Maity: In 1940, Abha Maity was admitted to the I. A. Class of Bethne College. Her political interest  was probably influenced by her father who was a devoted and active member of Congress Party. Abha too became the Minister-in-charge of the department of  Relief and Rehabilation in the ministry of P. C. Sen. In 1977 she was the State Minister of Industries in Morarji Desai’s government. 

 

(Dr.) Aditi Lahiri:  (Dr.) Aditi Lahiri graduated from Bethune College with Mathematics in1971. She has done research work in Linguistics at the UCLA, Brown University,   Max Planck Institute of Holland and Constanz University of Germany. Aditi was awarded the covetous Leibnitz Prize by The German Science Foundation which is the highest honour awarded by the Foundation to a young scientist. The prize money values 1.5 billion Deutch marks to be spent in future research. 

 

Aditi is currently working at Oxford University and is the Chairperson of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philosophy and Phonetics.

 

 

Akhtar Imam: Distinguished educationist, Professor of Philosophy in Bangladesh.

 

 

Amita Bhose: (9th Feb. 1933 – 24th Oct. 1992):     Amita Bhose may be considered the unofficial cultural ambassador of  Bengali language and literature in Romania. She went to Romania in 1959 and learned  Romanian language so well that  she wrote two books for Romanians to learn Bengali -  Curs De Limba Bengali and Manual De Limba Bengali. The number of her published books is 17. She was offered the professorship at Bucharest University – a signal honour for any non-Romanian. In 1977 she was awarded a medal of honour for her work in spreading literature and Indian culture by the Romanian Government. Rabindra Bharati Society also posthumously awarded her Rabindra Purashkar and arranges Amita  Bhose Memorial Lecture every year. 

 

 

Amiya Tagore: Amiya Tagore was admitted to the Intermediate class of Bethune College in 1926. She was the wife of Hidindra Nath Tagore, grandson of Rabindranath Tagore’s third brother Hemedra Nath Tagore. She got the rare opportunity of learning Tagore songs from Rabindra Nath himself and has preserved the special ‘gayaki’ of Tagore songs in her own renderings. She learned Dhrupad from Jogindra nath Bandyopadhyay, kheyal and tappa from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay and Tagore songs from Rabindra nath, Dinendra Nath, Sarala Devi choudhurani and Indira Devi Choudhurani. 

 

 

Anuradha Mukherjee: Graduated from Bethune College in 1964. She was a swimmer and later worked as an air-hostess.

 

Anuradha Sengupta:

 

 

Aparna Roy: Ex- councillor

 

 

(Dr.) Aruna Mukherjee:  Aruna Mukherjee was born in November, 1938. She was a gold medalist from her School and stood first in I. Sc. from Bethune College. She did her B. Sc. from Presidency College, M. Sc. and Ph. D. from Calcutta University in 1961 and 1970 respectively. Her Ph. D. dissertation was titled ‘Stdieson N-substitutes Hydroxamic Acid and Metal Chelates.” 

In spite of being academically involved in science subjects, Aruna Mukhopadhyay was highly interested in humanities. She has published three books of poems. “Arghya” and “Sonar Harin” are two her published books of poem. She was also interested and actively involved in performing arts, especially in dramas. She acted in the role of “Prakriti” in “Rabibasar” – a highly reputed literary group, and acted in “Rajsinha” and “Prayaschitta” at Bethune College. Her hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to these extra-curricular activities of the College cannot be forgotten. She joined Bethune College in 1962 and continued till her untimely death in December 1987.

 

Ashima Chatterjee: Brilliant scientist, Dean of the faculty of Science, Calcutta University.

 

 

Ashoka Gupta: Ardent Gandhisn, eminent social worker.

 

Bela Haldar: Worthy daughter of her illustrious mother (Dr.) Kadambini Ganguli, the first female graduate and first Lady Doctor of India,  she had become a household name during her tenure at the AIR. Bela Haldar is the famous ‘Beladi’ of Mahila Mahal. 

 

Bharati Mitra

 

Bina Das (Bhowmick): A dauntless freedom fighter was the student of Bethune College in 1928. Her political career began by participating in the Simon Commission boycott movement but she slowly became more attracted towards revolutionary activities. She joined revolutionary group even while she was a student of Bethune College. She tried to shoot the then Governor Stanley Jackson during the convocation ceremony of Calcutta University which was being held in the Senate Hall of the University. The bullet missed the target. Bina Das was caught and sentenced to prison for nine years. She was MLA of West Bengal Assembly from 1946 – 1951. “Shrinkhal Jhankar’ – a book written by Bina Das gives a valuable glimpse of the political situation of the country at that time. It also shows her literary ability.

 

Bratati Bandyopadhyay: Famous performing artist in recitation.

 

 

Chandrabati Devi: Famous film actress and sister of Kankabati Devi will be remembered for her many roles in Hindi and Bengali movies. . Her acting in ‘Didi’, ‘Pratishruti’, ‘Mandanda’ and especially the role of Chandramukhi in ‘Debdas’ will remain unforgettable.

 

 

Chameli Bose: (1911 – 1992)(Dr.)Chameli Bose  was a woman of outstanding scholarly achievement. She was awarded altogether five gold medals – 2 in Matriculation, 1 in  Sc   I. Sc. from Bethune College and 1 in B. ED. She stood first among first class holders breaking a record of 51 years for a girl student to stand first in Physics. Her research was in the area of B. ray scattering and cosmic rays. In 1942 she became the HOD of Physics at Bethune College and had officiated as Principal for one year. She joined the Science Congress held in Mumbai as an Eminent Scientist. She died in 1992 at the inaugural function of the Refresher Course in her own class room with the words: “ Learn from abroad from serve your country.’

 

 Debika Saha: Teacher, North Bengal University.

 

 

 (Dr.) Dipti Tripathy: (Dr.) Dipti Tripathy was a distinguished writer and critic of Modern Bengali literature. A brilliant teacher, she used to keep students mesmerized in her classes. She also served the College in the capacity of Head of the Department of Bengali Language and Literature, and Principal of the College.

 

 

  Gita Mukherjee: Well-known Marxist politician and Member of Parliament 6 times..

 

 

  Hiranmoyee Devi: Daughter of Janakinath Ghoshal and  Swarnakumari Devi – sister of Rabindranath Tagore,Hiranmoyee Devi was a devout patriot. She was married to Phaniabhushan Mukhopadhyay, teacher of Botany at Presidency College. She was attached with the Theosophical Society and Sakhi Samiti of her mother. When Sakhi Samiti was on the verge of extinction, Hiranmoyeed established ‘Bidhaba Shilpashram’ with her own savings. Hiranmoyee had to work very hard for this organization which took its toll on her health. She was attached to this organization till her death. After her death on13th July, 1925, this organization became known as ‘Hiranmoyee Bidhaba Shipashram’. 

 Hiranmoyee worked untiringly for the upliftment of women and dedicated her life to the service of nation. 

 

 

She was also a poet and a writer.

 

 Ila Sen (Mitra): Distinguished athlete, teacher,and a dauntless political worker. She is the first Bengali woman to be selected for participation in Olympic games. She passed I. A. from Bethune College in 1940. She along with her husband, the famous patriot of Malda Ramendra nath Mitra, was engaged in various political activities. The Pakistan government issued an arrest warrant in her name when she was working in the peasants’ movement in Rajshahi. She evaded arrest for three years and was finally caught in 1950. She had to go through unbearable torture in the hands of the police but her nothing could break her inflexible spirit. Golam Kuddus has expressed his admiration for her iron-strong will in his poem titled ‘Ila Mitra’. She also became MLA of West Bengal and later devoted herself to teaching. 

 

 

 

Ira Sen: She was a student of B.A. class of Bethune College in 1927. She participated in the Simon Commission boycott movement in 1928 and participated in many activities prohibited by the then government. In these activities she showed her great adventurous spirit, her determination and her strong sense of responsibility. She participated in various social work with great devotion and performed them with inimitable efficiency.

 

 

Jamuna Rana: Athlete.

 

 

Jayanti Ganguli (Barman): Youngest daughter of Kadambini Ganguli, she was married to L. M. Barman, private secretary of Pramethesh Barua. She acted as the private tutor of Pramathesh Barua. She was a student of both Bethune Collegiate School and Bethune College. She lived in Moradabad for 4 years and used to teach conservative Muslims girls and established a school for them from Class VI to Class VII which was later elevated to Middle School and then to College. 

 

 

Jayati Chakravarty – Graduated from Bethune College in 1961. Jayati was interested in music since her childhood and participated in the musical programmed of the College quite frequently. A well-known artist of All India Radio and television, Jayati has founded a music school where she is teaching music to young aspirants.

 

 

  (Dr.)Jyoti Das – Professor, Department of Mathematics, CU. Jyoti did her I.Sc. in 1954 from Bethune College and did her Ph. D. from Oxford in Pure Mathematics in 1964. She obtained Alfred  Clark Edward Scholarship, four gold medals, three silver medals and a book prize for topping the list of successful candidates at the B.A. and B. Sc. examination of Calcutta University. She obtained four gold medals and a book prize for topping the list of successful candidates in the M. A. and M. Sc. examination of Calcutta University. She received the Commonweath Scholarship, Senior Research Fellowship of the Science Research Council, U. K., World Federation of Scientists, Italy and a number of other scholarships. She has tatught at Lady Brabourne cxollege, University of Calcutta, University of Dundee, Scotland, IIT - Madras and Kharagpur, and has also taught at Jadavpur University. She was Sir Ashutosh Birth Centenary Professor of Higher Mathematics (previously known as Hardinge Professor) till her retirement in 2002 at the age of 65. She has at least 46 papers published in the national and international journals. Besides these Jyoti has remained active in the academic field by guiding research to Ph. D. candidates, eaching in Refresher Courses of various universities and delivering talks and lectures in various academic institutions. We are proud of her.

 

 Jyotikana Mitra: Sportsperson. 

 

 

 

Jyotirmoyee Ganguli: Teacher, socialand political worker, second daughter of Kadambini Ganguli, principal of several women’s college in India. This includes one College in Sri Lanka took. She was also the first woman-councilor of the Corporation of Calcutta. 

 

 

 Kajal Sen: All rounder.

 

 

Kalpana De: Former Assistant Head Mistress and social worker.

 

 

 

Kalpana Joshi (Dutt): A patriot and revolutionary Kalpana was a student of Bethune College in 1920 in the I. Sc. class. Even as a student she became a member of ‘Chhatri Sangha’. After the Chittagong Armory case, she went to Chittagong and actively participated in the ‘dynamite conspiracy’ case which ultimately failed. For her participation in the Chittagong Armory case, she evaded arrest for a long time but was ultimately caught and was given a life-sentence. She was, however, released in 1939 but remained under house arrest till 19421. She was married toPuranchand Joshi - the former General Secretary of undivided Communist Party of India. When we talk of indomitable spirit and unflinching courage, the name of Kalpana Dutt comes in the forefront among all the female patriots of India.

 

 

Kalyani Kazi: Famous ‘Nazrulgiti’ singer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kamala Dasguta: Freedom fighter, graduated from Bethune College in 1928. Her political career began with her connections with Jugantar group. She spent a long time in Presidency and Hijli prison because of her connections with revolutionary groups. In 1939 she was arrested in connection with Dalhousie Bomb case. 

Besides being a freedom fighter, she also contributed in the movement for the social and economic freedom of women. After the communal riots of Noakhali, she devoted her time to give relief to the victims of the riot taking charge of the ‘Vijaynagar’ center.

 

 

 

 

Kamini Roy: Graduated from Bethune College in 1886 with Honours in Sanskrit and became a teacher at Bethune College in the same year. 1in 1894, she was married to Kedarnath Roy. An acclaimed poet, some of Kamini Roy’s books are; “Alo O Chhaya’, ‘gunjan’, ‘Ashoksangeet’,‘Pauraniki’ etc. She died on 27th September, 1933.

 

 

 

Kanak Biswas (Das): Was a student of Bethune College from 1920 – 1923 but she could not give her B. A, final examination. Her first record came out in 1927. At one time her song ‘Na na go na, koro na bhabona’ was on the lips of every one. She was a versatile singer and showed her proficiency in  almost area of songs. Apart from Tagore songs she was proficient in Dwijendra Giti, Nazrul giti and modern Bengali songs too. The foundation of her musical genius was however in her training in classical music which she learned from Girijashankar Chakravarty and Jminikumar Gangopadhyay. She was given the title of “Sangeet Pratima” by the famous musical organization Ragini. She was also the principal of the famous music school ‘Geetbitan”. 

 

 

Kanak Mukherjee – Wife of Saroj Mukherjee and founder of Ganatantrik Mahila Samiti

 

 

Kankabati Devi: Renowned stage and film actress, Kankabati was a student of Bethune College. Her acting has remained imprinted in the minds of many who had the opportunity of seeing her acting with famous actor Sisir Bhaduri. 

 

 

 (Dr.) Ketaki Chakravarty: Director of a company in N. D. 

 

 

 Krishna Das: Archer of international fame.

 

 

 Krishna Dutta: Krishan Dutta graduated from Bethune College in 1961 with Honours in Philosophy. After doing her Master’s in Philosophy from Calcutta University, she migrated to England along with her husband. Krishna Dutta was always interested in Bengali literature and she continued with her literary activities in England also. Her acclaimed work is a biography of Tagore titled “Tagore: A Myriad Minded Man’ which she co-authored with Andrew Johnson. The book was published by Cambridge University. She also wrote a book on Calcutta titled ‘Calcutta’, published by Roli Books. She has also translated into English many letters of Tagore. A Tagore scholar she is busy in translating various works of Tagore.

 

 

Kumkum Chattopadhyay: A very bright student of Bethune College, currently teaching in the Department of Political Science of the same college, a writer and poet. 

 

 

Kumudini Khastagir: 

 

 

 

 Leela Roy (Nag): Social and political worker. She graduated from Bethune College in 1921 with Honours in English and obtained Padmavati Gold Medal of Calcutta University by standing first among women candidates. She established ‘Deepali Dangha’ in Dhaka in 1924, joined a revolutionary organization called ‘Sreesangha’ in 1925. She advocated revolutionary ideals through her journal ‘Jayasree’. She was arrested a number of times for disobeying the law, was attached with the ublication of the journal of Forward Block. In 1940, she participated in the movement for the removal of Hallwell monument and was tortured by the police. Though her activities were largely political, she also worked for women’s education and their economic independence. After the riots in Noakhali, she devoted herself in serving the victims of the riot and worked for brining about peace in the land.

 

 

Lina Sen: Teacher, department of Bengali, Bethune College

 

 

(Dr.) Madhuri Bose: Physician

 

 

Maitreyee Bose ((Dr.)): Social and political worker and Member of Parliament.

 

 

Mala Maitra: Danceuse

 

 

Malabika Chatterjee: College teacher,  political activist and a social worker.

 


Malati Ghoshal: Famous singer Malati Ghoshal also was a student of Bethune College. She learned classical music from Gopeshwar Bandyopadhyay and then learned Tagore songs from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay. Her excellence in Dhrupad-based Tagore songs is unparalleled. Her memorable records are: ‘Hriday basana purna holo’, ‘Ke basile aaji hridayaasane’, ; e parabashe rabe ke’, and ‘Jadi e aamaro hridayo duaro’.

 

 

Malati Guha Roy: Author , social worker, recipient of Bethune Prize, 2003.

 

 

(Dr.) Mandira Mukherjee: Physician, N. D.

 

 

(Dr.)Manimala Das: A brilliant scholar, (Dr.) Das was a Commonwealth Scholar. She graduated from Bethune College with Honours in Physics and did her Ph. D. from Oxford University. (Dr.) Das taught at Presidency College, Lady Brabourne College, before taking up the charge as Principal of Bethune Collge. She ably guided the College from October 2002, to 2008 when she left Bethune College to take up the charge of Netaji Subhas Open University as Vice chancellor. 

 

 

(Dr.) Manisha Banerjee: A brilliant student and presently Head of the Physics Department, Bethune College.

 

 

 Manju Chakravarty: Head of the Department, Chemistry, Bethune College

 

 

 Manjulika Das: Director, K. C. Das Pvt. Ltd.

 

 

 

Manjusree Chaki Sarkar: A renowned danseuse, Manjusree began her creative work in dancing during her years at Presidency College in Calcutta. However, she started experimentation in creative dancing while she was still a student of Intermediate class at Bethune College. She has regaled audience with her innovative interpretation of Tagore’s dance drama. Several years spent in Nigeria and United States saw her evolve as a soloist besides the classical dance forms of Bharat Natyam, Manipuri analso d Odissi. She founded a dance company in New York with her students there. She established Dancers’ Guild in 983.

She not only excelled in dance but acquired a doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University and applied her knowledge of anthropology in her dances. She has been awarded the Shiromani Puraskar, West Bengal State Academi Award, Uday Shankar Award and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

 

 

Manjusree Gupta – graduated from Bethune College in 1962. Manjusree participated in the music programmes of All India Radio even as a child. Manjusree continued her musical career and became a well-known singer. She has participated in many music programmes on stage and on radio and television.

 

 

 Maya Roy: While still a student, Maya was married to the artist Charu Roy. When Chary Roy entered the filmdom, she acted in the silent film ‘Siraj O Anarkali’ ignoring the social prohibition and antagonism. She also helped her husband in the editing of the first cinema magazine ‘Bayascope’.

 

 

 Meena Mukhopadyay – Famous singer

 

 

 

(Dr.) Minakshi Sinha – Author, actress, college and university teacher.

 

 

Mira Dutta Gupta:  Teacher, social and political worker, Mira Datt Gupta became attached with revolutionary groups even while she was a student. As the secretary of the South Calcutta branch of ‘Chhatri Sangha’, she became the target of police. During the August movement of 1942, she collected a large amount of money and handed it over to the revolutionaries. When Forward Block party was formed by Subhas Chandra Bose, she became a member of the party. She was elected as MLA twice. Throughout her life she kept on working for the poor, helping the destitutes, and encouraging spread of education. 

 

 

 

(Dr.) Mukulika Konar: Eminent physician and gynecologist.

 

 

Nandini Mallya: Renowned actress.

 

 

Nandini Raha: A dedicated teacher the like of which are rarely produced and former Head of the Department of Physics.

 

 

(Dr.) Padmaja Mullick: Teacher of Psychology.

 

 

Parbati Gupta: Cultural activist

 

 

Patralekha Banerjee: 

 

 

Pritilata Waddedar: A fearless freedom fighter, Pritilata was the student of Bethune College during 1931 – 1932. She was admitted with Honours in English but slowly the freedom of the country and revolutionary activities became the object of her focus and she had to give up Honours but passed her B. A. examination with distinction in 1932. She became a member of the revolutionary group of Surya  Sen, popularly known as Masterda. In 1932 Pritilata led the attack on  European Club of Chittagong. Under the able direction of Pritilata all the other members of the revolutionary group could escape safely but Pritilata had to commit suicide by swallowing a capsule of potassium cyanide. 

 

 

Priyambada Bagchi: A distinguished poet, Priyambada was a student of F. A. class of Bethune College in 1888. She graduated from this College in 1892 and obtained a silver medal for her proficiency in Sanskrit language. Her first and perhaps most famous collection of poems ‘Renu”  was published in 1900. Her other published books areL ‘Tara’, ‘Angshu’, ‘Champa O Paatol’.Her poems were highly appreciated for the calm and restrained expression of deep pathos. Priyambada died in 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purabi MukherjeePurabi Mukhopadhyay passed her Intermediate examination from Bethune College in 1942. She was the Minister-in-charge of Prison and Social Welfare in the cabinet of P. C. Sen. 

 

 

 

Purabi Mukherjee: Well-known exponent of Tagore songs.

 

 

Putul Chakravarty:

 

 

Raikamal Dasgupta: Teacher, Department of Engllish, Ashutosh College.

 

 

Rajlakshmi Ghosh: Librarian, Bethune Collge.

 

 

Ranju ghosh: Founder President of Tomorrow’s Foundation -  an NGO.

 

 

Reba Das: Social worker, attached to AIWC.

 

(Dr.) Rita Das- Famous eye-specialist.

 

 

 

 

 

Rita Sinha: Rita Sinha has come from a reputable "Paikpara Raj" family(Royal) of Calcutta. She was graduated in Chemistry Hons. from Bethune College.She was National Champion in rifle shooting for consecutively nine years. She defeated all male( Army, Navy, Railway, Airforce). She represented India in many countries. In 1986 in Ahmedabad she achieved best award prizes from Dr. Karan Singh, Sailen Manna and Umapati Kumar and best year award from Khelar Ashar. She was also rewarded from Bethune College..

 

 

Roma Chatterjee: Poet. 

 

 

(Dr.) Roma Sur: Brilliant student and former  HOD of Chemistry, Bethune College

 

 

 

Rupa Chakravarty –  A cultural activist, Rupa Chakravarty was born on 26th Jan. 1944 to Asit and Shibani Ghoshal.She graduated from Bethune College in 1964 with History Honours and was awarded a gold medal for her performance. She also had completed a course in Rabindra sangeet from Viswabharati. In 1965, she was married to Prabir Chakravarty and moved to Mumbai. She directed music in many musical performances, some of which are: Mayar Khela, Megher Khela, music direction for Ramayana which she performed in fort McMurray and Edmonton, children’s Kalmrigaya. She gave a performance of the latter in Chikago also. Rupa had moved to Canada in1981 and came back to India in 1996. She died a premature death in 1997.

 

Her deep devotion to music and dance and her vivaciousness have remained a part of history of Bethune College. A prestigious award instituted in hermemory  by her son Joydeep, daughters Nipa and Dipa in 1999 is given annually to a Bethune Alumna who has distinguished herself in the area of performing art or science or research.

 

 

(Dr.) Rupamanjari Ghosh: Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Rochester,U. S. A., currently teaching at Jawaherlal Nehru University.

 

 

(Dr.) Sabita Mishra: Sanskrit scholar, first female D. Litt. of Calcutta University. Her D. Litt. dissertation “Nabya Nyayer Anumiti’ is highly appraised by the scholars of Indian Philosophy.

 

 

Sadhana Bose: Renowned actress, dancer, wife of Madhu Bose.

 

 

Sadhana Roy Chouwdhury: Famous actress.

 

 

Sarala Debi Choudhurani: Second daughter of Swarnakmari Debi and Janakinath Ghoshal, Sarala Debi Choudhurani is the grand-daughter of Maharshi Debendra Nath Tagore. She took admission to Bethune College after passing her Entrance Examination in 1886. she granduated from Bethune College in 1890 with Honours in English Literature. She obtained Padmavati Gold Medal for highest proficiency among girl students. The fiery spirit that Sarala Debi exhibited will remain an ideal for all time and for all women to pursue. 

She was a poet, a singer, a fiery, determined political leader. She composed the music of the famous ‘Vandemataram’ of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay  barring the first two stanzas at the behest of her uncle Rabindra Nath Tagore and sang it in the Congress of 1905. 

Sarala Devi married a Punjabi Aryasamaj follower – Rambhuj Dutta Choudhury.

Sarala Devi’s centre of work was Bharat Stree Mahamandal. Politically she was an extremist and so was her husband though at times she supported Gandhi;s non-violence movement. 

Sarala Devi all through her life was engaged in various literary activities side by side she also edited quite a few literary magazines. Her erudition, her literary 

And musical talent,  her fiery speeches and her spiritualism in later life – all will remain an inspiration for women for a long time to come. Sarabi Devi died in 1945.

 

 

(Dr.) Sarala Ghosh: Renowned physician and social worker.

 

 

Sarala Roy: Eldest daughter of Durgamohan Das, Sarala was born I 1861. She was the elder sister of Abala Bose, wife of Sir Jagadish Bose. Sarala was married to Prof. P. K. Roy, well-known logician and philosopher and first Indian principal of Presidency College. Sarala worked very hard for the upliftment of women and her contribution for the cause of women’s education is never to be forgotten. She founded her Mahila Samiti in 1880 at Dhaka when she was residing there. After coming back from Dhaka, she became attached to Swarnakumari Devi’s Shakhi Samiti which was devoted to the cause of  poor and widowed women, to educate them and help them make economically self-sufficient. In 1912 while in England, she established Women’s Education League and in 1927, she formed Bengal Education League. In 1931 she addressed a large audience on women’s education as the Chairperson of All India Women’s Conference. 

 1n 1920, she established Gokhle Memorial Girls’ School and later established Gokhle Girls’ College also. She died on 29th June, 1946.

 

 

Savitri Guha: Assistant Library, British Council Library.

 

 

Savitri Roy: Born in 1918, Savitri Roy graduated from Bethune College in 1938. In Bengali literature, Savitri represents the new form of novel which began after the tradition of Tarashankar Bandopadhyay. Her ‘Paka Dhaner Gaan’ is a memorable creation.  Some of her other novels are: ‘Srijan’, .Trisota’, Swarlipi’, ‘Malasri’, etc. She also has written many short stories. The subject-matter of her novels and their format has given her a special place in Bengali literature.

 

 

 Seema Kundu: Head of the Department, Political Science, Bethune College

 

 

Shakti Roychoudhury:

 

 

Shampa guha: Principal, Vidyasagar College for Women.

 

 

 

Shanta Deb: Educationist and social worker.

 

 

 

Shanta Devi: Elder daughter of Ramananda Chattopadhyay and elder sister of Sita Devi, Shanta Devi has contributed enormously in Bengali literature. She graduated from Bethune College in 1914 with distinction and obtained Padmavati Gold Medal for standing first among girl candidates of Calcutta University. She co-authored ‘Hindustani Upokatha’, ‘Sat Rajar Dhan’, ‘Hukka Hua’. etc with her sister Sita Devi. She wrote five novels and many short stories.Her biography ‘Bharat Muktisadhak Ramananda Chattopadhyay O Ardhashatabdir Bangla’ was awarded the Bhubanmohini Gold Medal in 1949.

 

 

 

Shobha Sen: Renowned stage and film actress, Shobha Sen graduated from Bethune College in 1943. In 1944, she joined Gananatya Sangstha and acted in the lead female role of ‘Nabanna’. In 1953 -54 she joined the Little Theatre Group which later became Peoples’ theatre Group. Since then she has acted in many productions of the group, chief among them are: ‘Barricade’, ‘Tiner Taloyar’, ‘Titumir’. She has also acted in films. Very recently she produced ‘Nati’ which depicts the history of the participation of female actresses in Bengali theatre. In the field of stage acting, Shobha Sen has become a name.

 

 

 

Shukla Banerjee: All rounder.

 

 

Shyamali Bose: Journalist.

 

 

Shyamali Chakravarty.

 

 

Sita Devi: Younger daughter of Ramananda Chattopadhyay and younger sister of Santa Devi, Sita Devi has a distincitive name for herself in children’s literature. She graduated from Bethune College in 1916 with Honours in English. She was married to Sudhir Kumar Choudhury who encouraged her literary activities. Her contributions in Bengali literature is invaluable. 

 

 In corroboration with her elder sister, she wrote “Hindustani Upokatha’, ‘Sat Rajar Dhan’, “Aajab Desh’ etc. Apart from these Sita Devi also wrote many novels depicting the pitiful condition of women in the society. Her writings highlight the harmful customs of our society against women, like the dowry system, problems of education of women, torture of brides etc. Some of her novels are: “Udyanlata’, Pathikbandhu’, ‘Rajanigandha’, Matir Basa’, ‘Mahamaya’, ‘Sonar Khancha’etc. She wrote altogether 21 novels apart from books for children, memoirs, short stories and many translations from English.

 

 

Sudhalata Sarkar ( 1913 – 2007): Sudhalata Sircar passed her I. Sc from Bethune College in 1932. and graduated with Mathematics Honours from Vidyasagar College. Soft-spoken but having a determination of steel, she participated in the non-co-operative movement of Mahatma Gandhi and refused to wear anything else but Khadi. A strict Disciplinarian, she performed all her duties as a member of the joint family. She would be present in all the important meetings of the Old Students’ Association even in her nineties. Sudhalate passed away on 4th April, 2007.

Tarak-Sudha Endowment Fund  of Rs. 45 Lacs was created by Sudhalata’s children and the interest from the fund is used for an yearly award for leadership in Mathematics and Computer Science in Bethune College. 

 

 

 Sukhlata Rao: Born in 1886 to Upendra Kishore Roychodhury, Sukhalata passed F. A. from Bathune College in 1903. She also got herself admitted to the B. A. class of Bethune College but could not complete the course due to her marriage to Jayntanath Rao of Orissa. She will always be remembered as a writer of children’s literature, especially transforming various folktales of other languages into Bengali. “Galpo aar Galpo’, Nanan Desher Rupkatha’, ‘Hitopadesher Galpo’, ‘Sonar Mayur’ etc. are some of her excellent writings for children.

She has written a book in English too titled “Behula’ – the story of Chand Saudagar, Lakhinder and Behula. Rabindra Nath wrote the introduction for this book. Sukhalata died in 1969.

 

 

Sumitra Saha: Writer

 

 

(Dr.) Sunanda Ghosh: Brilliant teacher and ex-Head of the Department of Political Science, Bethune College.

 

 

Suniti Gupta: Educationist, Inspectress of School.

 

 

Surama Dasgupta: Wife of renowned philosopher Prof. Surendra Nath Dasgupta.

 

 

Swapna Datta Gupta: Physical Instructress, Bethune College.

 

 

Shyamali De: Social worker.

 

 

 

Tatini Das: Brilliant scholar and former Principal of Bethune College. She was  probably the most successful principal of Bethune College. She was married to famous philosopher Saroj Das.

 

 

Tripti Mukherjee: Musician, founder of a music school.

 

 

 Usha (Debjani) Khan: Famous actress, was known as ‘Bethune beauty’ in the College. She removed herself from the film world after acting in a few films but older generation still remembers her for her acting abilities. 

 

 

 

 Virginia Mary Mitter: An Indian Christian, she became a lady doctor in 1888 after Kadambini Ganguli.

 

 

 

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