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Updated on: Friday, October 29, 2021, 08:20 PM IST

Sukumar Ray Birth Anniversary: Lesser known facts about the Bengali writer

He is one of the initially gems of Bengal who contributed immensely towards Bengali literature. Sukumar Ray is the father of famous filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
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Bengali writer and poet Sukumar Ray was born on October 30, 1887, in Calcutta. He hailed from a Brahmo family. He was attracted to literature since childhood and later developed serious interest for the same.

He is one of the initially gems of Bengal who contributed immensely towards Bengali literature.

Having the privilege of belonging to a royal family, Ray was fortunate enough to be under the influence of many famous personalities.

He witnessed the Bengal Renaissance and enhanced his capabilities.

It’s the 134th birth anniversary of Sukumar Ray on 30 October, 2021. Here are some lesser and interesting facts to know about him:

Sukumar's father Upendrakishore Ray was a famous Bengali writer, painter, violin player and composer, technologist, amateur astronomer and entrepreneur. His father was a close friend of Rabindranath Tagore. Sukumar Ray was highly influenced by both his father and Rabindranath Tagore.

Ray completed his graduation in 1906 with double Honors in Physics and Chemistry from the Presidency College in Calcutta.

He was trained in photography and printing technology in England at the School of Photo-Engraving and Lithography, London. He emerged as a pioneer of photography and lithography in India.

He delivered lectures about the songs of Rabindranath way before Tagore won the Nobel Prize.

He launched the children's magazine, Sandesh in May 1913 which was published in U. Ray and Sons, a publishing firm started by his father.

He soon became popular with his witty sense of humour. Many of his works were also compared to Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland.

His major and popular contribution in literature include Kumropatash in Abol Tabol, Dashur Kirti, Huko Mukho Hangla, The Court Room and The CAT in HaJaBaRaLa.

Sukumar Ray is the father of famous filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

On September 10, 1923, Sukumar Ray died of severe infectious fever, the incurable disease leishmaniasis.

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Published on: Friday, October 29, 2021, 08:20 PM IST
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