Girish Chandra Ghosh
Born: 28 Feb 1844
Died: 8 Feb 1912
- He was a Bengali musician, poet, hair designer, playwright, novelist, theatre director, and actor.
- He was largely responsible for the golden age of Bengali theatre.
- He can be referred to as the Father of Bengali Theatre.
- He was a versatile genius, a scholar without having any formal educational background, an actor of repute and a mentor who brought up many actors and actresses, including Binodini Dasi.
- He co-founded the Great National Theatre, the first Bengali professional theatre company in 1872, wrote nearly 40 plays and acted and directed many more, and later in life became a noted disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
- Although a notorious libertine, he eventually became one of the close disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, the 19th century Bengali saint.
- The story of his relationship with Sri Ramakrishna, and his eventual transformation into a renunciate who was “second to none” is documented in the Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita later translated into English as “The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna”.
- He had unwavering faith not only for Sri Ramakrishna but also for the Holy Mother of the Ramakrishna Order, Sarada Devi.
- He stayed for a month in Jayrambati, the birthplace of the holy mother while she was staying there and eulogized her as the universal mother in front of a large gathering.
- He also requested the presence of the mother in his Durga Puja, in 1907.
- The mother, despite her severe illness, came to the Durga Puja and received obeisance from thousands of devotees as the embodiment of the goddess Durga.
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