150th Birth Anniversary of Upendrakishore Roychowdhury - 12th May 2012
Upendrakishore Birth AnniversaryThe 150th Birth anniversary celebrations of Upendrakishore Roychowdhury took place in the Shivnath Memorial Hall of the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj library.

Upendrakishore was one of the greatest sons of Bengal who excelled not only as a litterateur - an author of children's stories but also a pioneer in printing technology. He played the pakhawaj and the violin, wrote devotional songs for the Brahmo Samaj and also viewed the stars through a telescope from his roof. He had a quest for science and wrote a lot for the children explaining to them the classics as well as the marvels and mystries of science.

The program featured two eminent speakers - Debasish Sen - noted author for children's stories and associated with the children's magazine "Sandesh" which was founded by Upendrakishore. He spoke at length regarding the works of Upendrakishore and also highlighted the controbutions he had done to enrich the children's literature along with his favourite magazine "Sandesh". As a "Sandeshi" he highlighted the major congtributions that various authors had in the magazine.

The other speaker Debasis Mukhopadhyay - Sr. Librarian Aajkal Publications spoke on the life of Upendrakishore - analyzing his works and career. He spoke of his pioneering work in the field of printing and how he studied the manuals from the Penrose company to learn about the machines and then use his innovative brain for the betterment of the process. Though his innovation was not given due credit - Upendrakishore wanted that mankind should benefit and not the individual himself. The speaker also spoke about the musician Upendrakishore who learnt to play the violin by himself and went on to write a tutorial on playing the instrument.

The children of Brahmo Samaj Mahila Bhavan - enacted two stories from "Tuntunir Boi" and Sri Samir Das sang 2 songs of Upendrakishore. Sri Premomoy Das, Secretary of the Samaj, presided over the programme.

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