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Personalities of West Bengal
The personalities of West Bengal has spread the glory of their homeland worldwide in probably every arena of performance
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 Personalities of West BengalThe personalities of West Bengal have glorified the name of their homeland in varied sectors with success. Be it science, religion, films, politics, music, dance, literature or anything, the Bengalis have excelled without any limitations. Many stalwarts of the nation are from West Bengal. Swami Vivekananda is the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna and the founder of Ramakrishna Mission and is a prominent personality from Bengal. Vivekananda is the first Hindu missionary who propagated Hinduism and Yoga in Europe and America. He is the person who spread Hinduism to the position of a world religion during the end of 19th Century and was the prime force in the revival of Hinduism in India. Rabindranath Tagore, also known by the sobriquet Gurudev was a Bengali poet and Brahmo religionist. This multi faceted personality had other fields of recognition as a visual artist, playwright, novelist, and composer whose works redefined Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the founder of Visva-Bharati University.

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, mystic, scholar, evolutionary philosopher, poet, yogi and guru. After a short political career, he has been the leader of the early movement for the freedom of India from British rule. Later, he explored spiritual realms of human existence and thus developed a new path, which he termed integral yoga. Subhas Chandra Bose; more popular as Netaji was one of the most important and highly respected leaders of the Indian independence movement against the British Raj.

Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay, more popular as Hemanta Mukherjee was an Indian singer, composer and producer. He sang numerous Hindi and Bengali songs under the name Hemant Kumar. Ananda Shankar was an Indian Bengali musician best known for his talent of fusing Western and Eastern musical styles; he married another talented danseuse Tanushree Shankar. Pandit Ravi Shankar is a Bengali Indian sitar player and composer and is a disciple of Ustad Allauddin Khan, the founder of the Maihar gharana of Hindustani classical music.

Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was a Bengali poet, essayist, novelist and journalist, most famous as the author of Vande Mataram that inspired the freedom fighters of India, and was later was declared as the National Song of India. Amartya Sen is a reputed Indian economist, philosopher, and a winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998, "for his contributions to welfare economics". He particularly researched on famine, welfare economics, human development theory, the underlying mechanisms of poverty and political liberalism. Uttam Kumar was a legendary Bengali actor and is fondly called the Mahanayak or the "Great Hero" of Bengali cinema. Some of his selected films are Nayak (The Hero), Chiriyakhana, "Chhoti si Mulaqat", "Amanush", "Ananda Ashram", "Kitaab" and "Dooriyan". The Bengalis have spread all across the globe with their untamed talent and thus made their homeland a mine of jewels. Some of the well known personalities from West Bengal are as follows -

In Academics
Andre Béteille-Sociologist Dipesh Chakrabarty-Historian Sumit Sarkar-Historian Syed Modasser Ali-Ophthalmologist
Ashis Nandy-Political Psychologist Partha Chatterjee-Political Scientist Sukumar Sen-Linguist  

Actors and actresses from West Bengal
Victor Banerjee - Bengali and Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty - Bollywood and Bengali film actor Konnie Huq - British television presenter Rani Mukerji - Bollywood actress Seema Biswas - Bollywood actress
Bipasha Basu - A Bollywood actress Sabitri Chatterjee - Bengali actor Imran Khan - Bollywood actor Tanisha Mukherjee - Bollywood actress Konkona Sen Sharma - Bollywood Actress
Jaya Bachchan - Bollywood actress. Married to Amitabh Bachchan Soumitra Chatterjee- Bengali actor Pradeep Kumar - Bollywood actor Aparna Sen - Bengali film actress Sharmila Tagore - Bollywood and Bengali film actress
Chhabi Biswas - Bengali actor Tanushree Dutta - Bollywood actress Ashok Kumar - Bollywood actor Raima Sen - Bollywood actress Nandana Sen - Bollywood actress, daughter of Amartya Sen
Rahul Bose - Bengali and Bollywood actor and rugby player Uttam Kumar - Bollywood and Bengali film actor Kishore Kumar -Bollywood singer, music composer, actor Rimi Sen - Bollywood actress Ronit Roy-TV actor
Biswajit Chatterjee - Bengali and Bollywood actor Utpal Dutta - Bengali actor Kajol Mukherjee - Bollywood actress. Riya Sen - Bollywood actress Rohit Roy-TV actor
Shefali Chowdhury - Hollywood actor, seen in Harry Potter movies as Parvati Patil Rabi Ghosh - Bengali actor Madhabi Mukherjee- actress notable works include charulata, mahanagar Suchitra Sen - Bollywood and Bengali film actress  
Moushumi Chatterjee - Bollywood actress Raakhee Gulzar - Bollywood actress Ruma Guha Thakurta – actress, singer and wife of Kishore Kumar Sushmita Sen - Bollywood actress, India's first Miss Universe  

Artists and painters from West Bengal
Zainul Abedin Ramkinkar Baij Anil Kumar Dutta Paresh Maity Paritosh Sen
Abanindranath Tagore Nandalal Bose Quamrul Hassan Ganesh Pyne Shuvaprasanna
Shahabuddin Ahmed Rashid Choudhury Prosenjit Kundu Jamini Roy Syed Jahangir

Economists from West Bengal
Amartya Sen - economist, Nobel Laureate Romesh C. Dutt Muhammad Yunus - economist, Nobel Laureate, micro-credit pioneer Abhijit Banerjee - Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Debraj Ray - Silver Professor of Economics, New York University

Entrepreneurs from West Bengal
Jawed Karim - co-founder of YouTube Amar Bose - founder of Bose Corporation Subrato Roy - founder of Sahara India Pariwar Dwarkanath Tagore

Filmmakers from West Bengal
Satyajit Ray - filmmaker, won the Academy Honorary Award in 1992 for lifetime achievement, received the Légion d'honneur award of France and also received an Academy Award for his film Pather Panchali and the Bharat Ratna in 1992, Aparna Sen Basu Chatterjee Shakti Samanta
Ritwik Ghatak Buddhadeb Dasgupta Mrinal Sen Partho Sen-Gupta
Hrishikesh Mukherjee Pradeep Sarkar Zahir Raihan Anjan Dutta
Rituporno Ghosh Gautam Ghose Tapan Sinha Basu Bhattacharya

Social reformers from West Bengal
Roquia Sakhawat Hussain was a pioneer in women's education Debendranath Tagore was an active Brahmo Sivanath Sastri
Shri Aurobindo, Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, yogi and guru Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar made major reforms in the educational system and was Women's right activist Nasreen Pervin Huq - Women's Rights Activist
Ram Mohan Roy, founder of the Brahmo Samaj Keshub Chandra Sen - religious reformer Muhammad Shahidullah - educationist, writer, polyglot, philologist and linguist

Journalists and news reporters from West Bengal
Swapan Dasgupta Matiur Rahman Harish Chandra Mukherjee
Pritish Nandy Prannoy Roy - Founder and President of NDTV Samar Sen

Musicians from West Bengal
Abhijeet Bhattacharya - Bollywood playback singer Anjan Dutta - Singer and musician Shaan (Shantanu Mukherjee) - Bollywood playback singer Abbas Uddin - folk singer
Nikhil Banerjee - Sitarist Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh - Musician Manilal Nag - Sitarist Geeta Dutt - playback singer
Anjan Chattopadhyay - Sitarist Kishore Kumar - playback singer of Bollywood Kumar Sanu - Bollywood playback singer Babul Supriyo - playback singer
R.D. Burman - music composer Vilayat Khan - sitar maestro Anoushka Shankar - Sitarist Shreya Ghoshal - playback singer
S.D. Burman - music composer and singer Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay - playback singer Ravi Shankar - sitar maestro Madhushree - playback singer
Manna Dey - Bollywood playback singer Pritam Chakraborty - Bollywood Music Composer Ruma Guha Thakurta- founder and lead singer of Calcutta Youth Choir  

Political personalities from West Bengal
Subhas Chandra Bose Pranab Mukherjee- Minister for External Affairs B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury- Senior leader of Indian National Congress Bidhan Chandra Roy - physician, former Congress Chief Minister of West Bengal
Chittaranjan Das Priyaranjan Dasmunsi- Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shyama Prasad Mukherjee - Founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh Ashoke Kumar Sen, Former Law Minister, barrister, and parliamentarian
Bipin Chandra Pal Jyoti Basu - former communist Chief Minister of West Bengal Siddhartha Shankar Ray- former Congress Chief Minister of West Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Present Chief Minister of West Bengal

Sportsperson from West Bengal
Brojen Das was the first Asian to swim across the English Channel Mouma Das - Table Tennis player Poulami Ghatak - Table Tennis player Mihir Sen, First Indian to swim across the English Channel in 1958. Jayanta Talukdar - archer
P.K. Banerjee Footballer Ritwik Bhattacharya - squash player Gostho Pal – Footballer Arati Saha, Swimmer: First Asian woman to swim English Channel in 1959. Jhulan Goswami - ICC Women's Cricketer of the year 2007
Dibyendu Barua, Indian chess grandmaster Sourav Ganguly - Cricketer, former captain of Indian cricket team Mohammad Rafique – Cricketer Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, athletics: Double gold-medallist in track at Asian games Chuni Goswami - Indian Football

Religious figures from West Bengal

Scientists and Engineers from West Bengal
Mani Lal Bhaumik – Physicist, developed the first excimer laser at the University of California Satyendra Nath Bose - Physicist, founded Bose–Einstein statistics. Fazlur Khan Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis - Statistician Prafulla Chandra Roy - Pioneer in the field of pharmaceutical and chemical works
Jagdish Chandra Bose - Physicist, radio and wireless transmittion pioneer. Upendranath Brahmachari – Biologist Dilip Mahalanabis – Biologist Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri Megh Nad Saha - Physicist, produced the famous "Thermo-Ionization Equation"

Writers from West Bengal
Banaphool - writer of short stories Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay - novelist, essayist Sunil Gangopadhyay - poet, novelist Premendra Mitra - poet, short story writer
Rabindranath Tagore - poet, novelist, essayist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay - novelist Amitav Ghosh - novelist, essayist Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay - novelist
Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay - novelist Shakti Chattopadhyay - poet Shankha Ghosh - poet, essayist Shamsur Rahman - poet
Manik Bandopadhyay - novelist, short story writer Jibanananda Das - poet Joy Goswami - poet Dwijendralal Ray - playwright, poet
Tarashankar Bandopadhyay - novelist Ashapurna Devi - novelist, short story writer Buddhadeb Guha - novelist Arundhati Roy - novelist, essayist
Abul Bashar - novelist, essayist Mahasweta Devi - novelist, short story writer Kazi Nazrul Islam - poet Jasim Uddin - poet, novelist, essayist
Buddhadeb Bose - poet, essayist Michael Madhusudan Dutt - poet, dramatist Jhumpa Lahiri - novelist, short story writer  

(Last Updated on : 18/07/2012)
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