Rajshekhar Basu

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Rajshekhar Basu

Born: 16 March 1880

Died: 27 April 1960

  • He, better known by the pen name Parashuram was a Bengali writer, chemist, and lexicographer.
  • He was chiefly known for his comic and satirical short stories and is considered the greatest Bengali humorist of the twentieth century.
  • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956.
  • He was a man of diverse achievements.
  • He was an active member of the National Council of Education, founded in 1903.
  • He served on the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad.
  • He even provided covert assistance to the revolutionaries of the Indian Independence Movement in the form of money and chemicals, and also provided his expertise in making bombs.
  • He also played a major role in the history of printing in Bengal.
  • He was the principal assistant to Sureshchandra Majumdar, credited with creating the first linotype in the Bengali script.
  • The second edition of Parashuram’s Hanumaaner Svapna Ityadi Galpa was the first book to be completely printed in Bengali linotype.
  • He received a good deal of recognition for his writing.
  • Calcutta University awarded him the Jagattarini and Sarojini medals in 1940 and 1945 respectively.
  • In 1957, the University awarded him D.Litt. Jadavpur University followed suit the next year.
  • Krishnakali ityadi golpo won the Rabindra Puraskar in 1955, and in 1956.
  • In 1958, he was awarded the Akademi Puraskar for Anandibai Ityadi Galpa.

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