Estd. in 1879

First Women's College in Asia

 

Accreditation

Reaccredited at the 'A' Level by NAAC (Cycle 2), 2015

 

NIRF Ranking

Secured 88th rank natonally in NIRF ranking 2020 under college category

 

DBT Star College

Received financial support under the DBT Star College Scheme of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in 2020

Our Illustrious Alumnae [19th Century]

Kadambini Ganguly
Kadambini Ganguly
(1861-1923)

Doctor

Dr. Kadambini Ganguly was the first lady Doctor of western medicine from Bengal.Kadambini graduated from Bethune College and became one of the two first lady graduates of India. Her success encouraged Bethune College to introduce F.A. (First Arts) and graduation courses for women. Kadambini Ganguly got admission in Medical College, Bengal (later renamed as Calcutta Medical College). Lady Dufferin Women's Hospital appointed her as a physician. She specialized in paediatrics, gynaecology
and surgery from England and Scotland. After her eloquent speaking in the Medical Conference in 1915 at Calcutta Medical College, the institute revised the policies to open the doors for female students.

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Virginia Mary Mitter
(1865 -1945)

Doctor

Virginia Mary Mitter an Indian Christian was yet another jewel of Bethune College graduate. Later she became a lady doctor after passing out from Calcutta Medical College in 1888. She assisted her husband Dr.P.C. Nandi in treating his female patients, but she never practiced independently because her husband opposed her 'employment' although she was an upper-class lady from a Christian family. Unfortunately, she had to submit to a dominant patriarchy and decline an independent professional life. sadly, not much is known about her childhood except that she was the daughter of a Bengali Christian gentleman Motilal Mitter who was posted in Uttar Pradesh.

Chandramukhi Bose
Chandramukhi Ghosh
(1860-1944)

Educationist & Scholar

Chandramukhi Bose was the first graduate of Bethune College and one of the two first female graduates from British India. Subsequently, she also became the first woman to obtain MA degree from Calcutta University. She was appointed as the Principal of Bethune College after it separated from the School. Bose's contribution to the women education in the nineteenth century Bengal is still unforgettable. Bethune College Publication Published a book in fond memory and as a mark of respect for her immense work, In the Footsteps of Chandramukhi (1st Edition 2004, 2nd Edition 2019).

Pritilata Wadedadr
Pritilata Wadedadr
(1911-1932)

Revolutionaries

Pritilata Wadedadr was a fearless nationalist revolutionary and a freedom fighter, deeply involved in the Indian independence struggle. She graduated in Philosophy with a distinction. However,her degree, along with that of co-revolutionary, Bina Das' was withheld by the British officials within the administration of Calcutta University along with fellow revolutionary, Bina Das. While as a student in Bethune College, she joined a revolutionary group headed by Masterda Surya Sen. After completing her education, Pritilata returned to Chittagong where she took up the post of a headmistress at a local girls' school called Nandankaran Aparnacharan School. Under Masterda, Pritilata was not just a passive arms transporter but actively trained in the martial arts that the revolutionaries of Bengal were trained in at that time. She was herself trained in lathi khela and gun fighting and trained other girls to take up arms against the colonial rulers too. She also supplied explosives, wrote nationalist pamphlets and had earned a spot at the "Bengal's Most Wanted List" by the age of 21. Pritilata led the attack on Pahartali European Railway Officer's Club of Chittagong captured the Reserve Police Line. Under her able direction all the other members of the revolutionary group could escape safely, but she had to commit suicide by swallowing a capsule of potassium cyanide.

Kalpana Joshi Dutt
Kalpana Joshi (Dutt)
(1913 - 1995)

Revolutionaries

A revolutionary and a patriot, Joshi became associated with "Chhatri Sangha" while she was a student. Kalpana after passing her matriculation in 1929, went to Calcutta and joined the Bethune College to study science. It was at this time that she was introduced to the Chhatri Sangha, the women's revolutionary youth wing, where she met Pritilata Wadedadr and Bina Das, the firebrand revolutionaries. It was with Pritilata that she shared her childhood dreams and the two would be often confused whether to become scientists or revolutionaries. It was in 1930 that the Chittagong Armoury Raid was carried out and, in 1931, Kalpana Dutta joined the Indian Republican Army, Chittagong Branch.After the Chittagong Armory case, she went to Chittagong and actively participated in the 'dynamite conspiracy' case which ultimately failed. For her participation in the Chittagong Armory case, she evaded arrest for a long time, but was ultimately caught and was given a life-sentence. She was, however, released in 1939, but remained under house arrest till 1942. Her cause was taken up by Rabindranath Tagore who readily arranged for her release from the prison. In her memoirs she writes, "The politics of language had however been challenged by feminist writings. Communism is the true spirit of patriotism". She married Puranchand Joshi - the former General Secretary of undivided Communist Party of India. She later joined the Indian Statistical Institute where she worked till her retirement. She continues to be an inspiration through her work and her writings and is known as Agnikanya of Bengal as Master Da used to call her. When we talk of indomitable spirit and unflinching courage, the name of Kalpana Dutt comes in the forefront among all the female patriots of India. . . .

Mira Dutta Gupta
Mira Dutta Gupta
(1907 - 1983)

Revolutionaries

Mira Dutta Gupta, a teacher, social and political worker, Mira Dutta Gupta became attached with revolutionary groups even while she was a student. She had secured 2nd position and silver medal for her graduation at the Calcutta University in mathematics despite not sitting for one full paper. As the Secretary of the South Calcutta branch of 'Chhatri Sangha', she became the target of the police. During the August movement of 1942, she collected a large amount of money and handed it over to the revolutionaries. She was associated with Indian revolutionary groups, such as Anushilan, Jugantar and Bengal Volunteers. As a member of Bengal Volunteers, she was the editor of the women's section of its magazine - Benu. She was very actively involved in fund raising activities during the Quit India Movement of 1942. During the devastating Bengal Famine of 1943, she, along with co-Congress workers played a leading role in organising relief for famine victims. In 1946, she was jailed for her nationalist activities. When Forward Block party was formed by Subhas Chandra Bose, she became a member of the party. She was elected as MLA twice. She became Principal of the women's section of Surendra Nath College and a teacher there. Throughout her life she kept on working for the poor, helping the destitute, and encouraging spread of education. She was a powerhouse despite her deceptive slight frame despite being plagued by various physical maladies too, but her indomitable spirit carried her through all kinds of difficulties. She also contributed to the setting up of the Patha Bhavan School, Kolkata.

Bina Das
Bina Das (Bhowmick)
(1911-1986)

Revolutionaries

Bina Das (Bhowmick), a dauntless freedom fighter was the student of Bethune College in 1928. Her political career began by participating in the Simon Commission Boycott movement, but she slowly became more attracted towards revolutionary activities. She joined revolutionary group even while she was a student of Bethune College. : Das, along with her fellow students organized their first protest against the Simon Commission. For this, they were threatened with dire consequences by the British Principal of the College at that time unless they tendered their apologies. She tried to shoot the Governor Stanley Jackson during the convocation ceremony of Calcutta University which was being held in the convocation ceremony venue Senate Hall of the University. She was supposed to get her graduation degree the same day in 1932, at the same venue. Das served nine years of hard labour for this act which stemmed from a deep desire to see her homeland free from British occupation. She was MLA of West Bengal Assembly from 1946 - 1951. Shrinkhal Jhankar and Pitridhan - are books written by Bina Das gives a valuable glimpse of the political situation of the country at that time. It also shows her literary ability. She won the Padma Shri award in 1960 for her "Social Work". After the death of her husband, she led a lonely life in Rishikesh and died in anonymity. Her dead body was recovered from the roadside on 26 December, 1986 in a partially decomposed state. It was found by the passing crowd. The police were informed and it took them a month to determine her identity.

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Ila Sen
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Revolutionaries

Ila Sen was a student of B.A. class of Bethune College in 1927. She participated in the Simon Commission boycott movement in 1928 and participated in many activities prohibited by the then government. In these activities she showed her great adventurous spirit and her determination.

Sarala Roy
Sarala Roy
(1859-1946)

Educationist, Social and Political Activist

Sarala Roy, the great educationist and social activist belonged to the famous Das family of Telirbagh, Dhaka, now in Bangladesh. She was the eldest daughter of renowned Brahmo reformer Durga Mohan Das. Apart from her founding the Gokhale Memorial School, she was the first woman to be secretary of Brahmo Balika. She was the elder sister of Abala Bose and cousin of Chittaranjan Das. Sarala was married to Prof. P. K. Roy, well-known logician, philosopher and the first Indian to become principal of Presidency College (Kolkata). Sarala worked very hard for the upliftment of women and her contribution for the cause of women's education is never to be forgotten. She established a girls' school and a mahila samiti (organization of women) at Dhaka. On her return to Kolkata she was a member of Swarnakumari Devi's Sakhi Samiti which was devoted to the cause of poor and widowed women, to educate them and make them make economically self-sufficient. She inspired women from aristocratic families to participate in dance dramas. Rabindranath Tagore composed his dance-drama Mayar Khela at her request and was first staged at Bethune School. While in England, she established Women's Education League. She also founded the All India Women's Conference (AIWC) in 1927 in Pune. The League in Bengal was part of a national trend of coordinated activity to improve educational opportunities for women. Sarala Roy served one year as its Chairperson. The first attempt to bring together all women interested in female education in Bengal was at the convocation of Bengal Women's Education Conference in February 1927. This led to the formation of the Bengal Women's Education League under the leadership of Sarala Roy. She was also a member of Calcutta University's Senate.

Sarala Devi Chaudhurani
Sarala Devi Chaudhurani
(1872-1945)

Educationist, Social and Political Activist

Sarala Devi Chaudhurani (1872-1945) was an educationist, social and political activist. She earned her graduation degree in English literature from Bethune College and received the Padmavati Gold Medal. Her father Janakinath Ghosal was one of the earliest secretaries of the Bengal Congress. Her mother was Swarnakumari Debi, daughter of Debendranath Tagore. Sarala Debi was at the age of twenty-nine when Mahatma Gandhi first saw her conducting an orchestra as it played a song she had written for Congress. She got married to Rambhuj Dutta Chowdhury who was a lawyer and journalist. Although Rabindranath Tagore created the tune of the first two lines of Bande Mataram, it was Sarala Devi who put tune to the rest of the music She sang the nationalist song in her mellifluous voice in the Benaras session of the Congress and contributed widely to its nation-wide popularity. After marriage she got even more involved in political activities and helped her husband in editing the powerful nationalist Urdu weekly newspaper Hindustan. Later when the Rowlatt Act was passed she used the medium to criticize vociferously the Government's stand. She came in touch with Mahatma Gandhi in Lahore and was greatly influenced by his principles of truth and non-violence. However, in the beginning she was not a supporter of the Congress but was attached to the revolutionary philosophy. She maintained connection with Suhrid Samiti, a secret revolutionary Society. She also took part in the Swadeshi Movement and inspired the women to start using swadeshi products. One of the primary goals of her life was women empowerment. She took it upon herself to educate women and formed the Bharat Stree Mahamandal, first women organization. Subsequently it opened several branches in Lahore, Allahabad, Delhi, Bankura, Calcutta, Hazaribagh etc. Her outfit aimed to develop a system of home education for married girls and helping them have greater access to medical knowledge and medical care. Sarala Devi also rendered valuable service to the cause of Bengali literature and introduced Bir-ashtami Utsav (Festival of Heroes), in which poems with names of heroic men were chanted on the second day of Durga Puja with a view to inspire the youngsters of Bengal with the ideals of heroism. On the top of being a prolific writer Sarala Devi was also the editor of the prestigious journal Bharati.

Lady Abala Bose
Lady Abala Bose
(1865-1951)

Educationist, Social and Political Activist

Lady Abala Bose was born into a Brahmo reformist family. She was one of India's early feminists, who dedicated her entire life to the spread of women's education and improvement in the living conditions of Hindu widows. At 23, Bose was married off to Jagadish Chandra Bose, who was also known as the 'father of radio science'. Bose initially took admission in Bethune College for her F.A. degree but went to Madras, now Chennai, on a government scholarship to study medicine. Unfortunately, she had to return to Calcutta before the result was declared due to ill-health. Writing for the English magazine Modern Review, she argued that women should get better education "not because we may make better matches for our girls... not even that the services of the daughter-in-law may be more valuable in the home of her adoption but because a woman, like a man, is first of all a mind and only in the second place a physical body." As Secretary of the Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya, her educational innovations to broaden the mind and empower young girls by using the Maria Montessori Method are indeed praiseworthy. The credit of establishing the first pre-primary and primary teachers' training institutes in India also goes to this visionary lady. Bose also launched Naari Shakti Samiti, a non-profit organization with some of her close associates. The then Mayor of Calcutta Corporation, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, made available some land to Bose for this purpose. During her lifetime Bose established approximately eighty- eight primary schools and fourteen adult education centers across Bengal. Besides these, she also set up Mahila Shilpa Bhavan in Calcutta and Jhargram to provide vocational training to the economically distressed women in these places. She was a co-suffragist alongside Margaret Cousins and Sarojini Naidu and one of the delegates who met Lord Montagu during negotiations on the provisions of Montagu- Chelmsford Reforms. She was one of the prime contributors to the Sister Nivedita Adult Education Fund. Shortly before her death, Bose founded Sadhana Aashram in Calcutta and handed it over to the Brahmo Samaj.

Jyotirmoyee Ganguli
Jyotirmoyee Ganguli
(1889- 1945)

Educationist, Social and Political Activist

Jyotirmoyee Ganguli an educationist, a social and political worker was the second daughter of Kadambini Ganguli. Her father Dwarka Nath Gangopadhyay was a leader of the Brahmo Samaj and an Indian Nationalist. Jyotirmoee Ganguli was graduated from Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya (Brahmo Girls' School) and completed her B.A. in the Bethune College of Kolkata. she completed her M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Kolkata. She taught at the Bethune Collegiate School and after that in the Ravenshaw College in Cuttack, Odisha. She moved to Sri Lanka to join the Women's College as its principal. She also served as the Principal of several other institutions i.e. Jullundur Kanya Mahavidyalay, Brahmo Girls' School and Vidyasagar Bani Bhavan. She joined the Buddhist College, Ceylon in 1929. She joined the Non-Cooperation movement in the early 1920s. She held the post of Principal in several women's colleges of India. This includes one College in Sri Lanka too. She was also the first Woman-Councilor of the Corporation of Calcutta. was the first female student from University of Kolkata to graduate in medical. Jyotirmayee Devi raised a female volunteer corps for the Indian National Congress. In 1926 she started the Students' Association for Social Service. She joined the Bengal Provincial Congress Committee and the Satyagraha movement. She served as the Vice-President of the Women's Satyagraha Committee. In 1930 and 1932 she was jailed for her involvement in the Satyagraha movement. She was a founding member of the Aryasthan Insurance Company. She was elected city councilor to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. In 1942 she was arrested for her role in the Quit India Movement. Jyotirmayee Ganguly was killed by Police firing on 22 November 1945 while with a procession of students that was protesting the death of Rameshwar Banerjee.Jayanti Ganguli (Barman) was the youngest daughter of Kadambini Ganguli, she was married to L. M. Barman, Private Secretary of Pramethesh Barua. She acted as the private tutor of Pramathesh Barua. She was a student of both Bethune Collegiate School and Bethune College. She lived in Moradabad for four years and used to teach conservative Muslims girls and established a school for them from Class VI to Class VII which was later elevated to Middle School and then to College. Bela Haldar, worthy daughter of her illustrious mother Kadambini Ganguli had become a household name during her tenure at the AIR. Bela Haldar is the famous Beladi of Mahila Mahal.

Priyambada Bagchi
Priyambada Bagchi
(1871-1935)

Poet & Author

A distinguished litterateur, social worker was a student of F. A. class of Bethune College. She obtained a silver medal for her proficiency in Sanskrit language. Her father was Krishnakumar Bagchi and mother Prasannamoyee Debi, a well-known writer. Ashutosh Chowdhuri and Pramatha Chaudhury were her maternal uncles. She was married to Taradas Banerjee, a lawyer residing in Madhya Pradesh. He died three years after their marriage. In 1896 Priyambada Devi lost her only son, after which she spent her time writing and engaged in her philanthrophic work. She joined the Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya (Brahmo Girl's School) as a teacher. She served as the head of Bharat Stri-Mahamandal. She also worked in a number of educational institutions during this time. She translated Svapnavasavadatta which was a Sanskrit play. She translated parts of the Bible and published it as Bhaktavani. Her notable novels included Women of Japan, Katha O Upakaatha, Jhilejagale Shikar Anath, Pavchulal, and Renuka, a book about Geishas. She also wrote a number of poems including Tara, Angshu, Renu, and Champa O Parul. She directed plays for charity. Her first and perhaps most famous collection of poems Renu was published in 1900. Her poems were highly appreciated for the calm and restrained expression of deep pathos.

Kamini Roy
Kamini Roy
(1864-1933)

Poet & Author

She was an eminent poet involved in cultural and social welfare activities, especially women's welfare. Her father, Chandicharan Sen, was a district judge and writer. She passed FA and earned her BA Honours degree in Sanskrit from Bethune college. She obtained a silver medal for her proficiency in Sanskrit language. She joined Bethune College as a teacher. She was married to Kedarnath Roy. Her poems were highly appreciated for the calm and restrained expression of deep pathos. An acclaimed poet, her first book of poems, Alo O Chhaya, was published with an introduction by Hemchandra Banerjee. Her other poetical works include Nirmalya, Pauraniki, Gunjan (children's poems), Malya O Nirmalya, Ashoksabgit and Jibanpathe (two sonnets), Amba (play), Balika Shiksar Adarsha (1918) etc. She was a member of the Female Labour Investigation Commission, President of the literary section of the Bengal Literary Conference and Vice President of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad.

Sabitri Roy
Sabitri Roy
(1918-1985)

Poet & Author

Dhaka born and graduated from Bethune College. Deeply influenced by the Communist Ideology, her sense of human values reflects in her writings. In Bengali literature, Savitri represents the new form of novel which began with the tradition of Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay. Notable among her novels are- Paka Dhaner Gan (3 Vols.), Meghna Padma (2 Vols.), Samudrer Dheu etc. The August movement, the Tebhaga movement, the Hajong uprising, the Partition, the riots, the refugee problem have all come alive in her writings. Time and literature have become mirrors of each other. Her last novel is 'Ba-Dwip' (1972). Some of her other novels are: Srijan, Trisota, Swarlipi, Malasri, etc. She also has written many short stories. The subject-matter of her novels and their format has given her a special place in Bengali literature.

Shukhalata Rao
Shukhalata Rao
(1886-1969)

Poet & Author

children's book author and a social worker. She was the daughter of Upendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, and sister of Sukumar Ray. She had a career in teaching. After marriage and moving to Cuttack, Shukhalata founded the Shishu-o-Matri Mangal Kendro (Centre for the Welfare of Children and Mothers). She also established the Orissa Nari Seva Sangha. Shukhalata was the editor of Alok, a newspaper. Her writings include children's stories, and fairy tales. Shukhalata Rao was given the Kaiser-e-Hind award by the Government of India in 1956 for her book Nije Pora. She has written a book in English too titled Behula - the story of Chand Saudagar, Lakhinder and Behula. Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote the introduction for this book. Shukhalata died in 1969.

Shanta Devi
Shanta Devi
(1893-1984)

Poet & Author

She and Sita Devi (1895-1974) were daughters of Ramananda Chatterjee, editor of Prabasi & Modern Review. The sisters were educated at home in the usual subjects including English language and then were sent to Bethune College. While still being students they published a volume of stories translated from English. They introduced "Bre Rabbit" to Bengali nurseries. They trained themselves to study and translated George Eliot's work and some French stories. Sita Devi's first original story Light of Eyes appeared in Prabasi. They co-authored a novel Udyanlata a serial for Prabasi. They translated Srish Chandra Bose's Folk Tales of Hindustan as Hindusthani Upakaatha.

Amita Bhose
Amita Bhose
(1933 - 1992)

Poet & Author

may be considered the unofficial cultural ambassador of Bengali language and literature in Romania. She went to Romania in 1959 and learned Romanian language so well that she wrote two books for Romanians to learn Bengali - Curs De Limba Bengali and Manual De Limba Bengali. The number of her published books is 17. She was offered the professorship at Bucharest University, a signal honour for any non-Romanian. In 1977 she was awarded a medal of honour for her work in spreading literature and Indian culture by the Romanian Government. Rabindra Bharati Society also posthumously awarded her Rabindra Purashkar.

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Maya Roy
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Actress

while still being a student, Maya was married to the artist Charu Roy who started as a film director in the silent era. She acted in the silent film Siraj - a Romance of India (1928) followed by the talkie Anarkali ignoring the social prohibition and antagonism. She also helped her husband in the editing of the first cinema magazine Bayascope.

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Kankabati Devi
(1903-1939)

Actress

She was a student of Bethune College. She grew into a renowned stage and film actress. Her acting has remained imprinted in the minds of many who had the opportunity of seeing her acting with famous thespian Sisir Kumar Bhaduri. Daughter of a landlord Gangadhar Prasad Sahu of Muzaffarpur, Bihar a man of modern outlook who had sent his two daughters Kankabati and Chandrabati to Calcutta for education. She was the first graduate woman to enter the Bengal stage. As a student Kankabati got an opportunity to visit Raindranath Tagore at his Jorasanko residence and sang Tagore's Ei Lahinu Sanga Taba before him. This led to her good fortune to get lessons in music and acting from Tagore himself. In her college days Kankabati took part in cultural activities within college campus both as a singer and an actress. After graduation, Kankabati entered the university for her M.A. degree, but at the same time expressed her desire to enter the professional stage and her father agreed readily. In 1928, she signed a contract with Art Theatres whereby she would be their exclusive artiste for three years ,but after three months of training although she would get a salary of Rs 300/-, in the first year, then Rs 400/- a month during the second year and finally Rs 500/- a month in the third year of the contract. The announcement of her stage entry in the newspapers and magazines caused a lot of excitement and rumbling because since 1873, when women first entered the professional stage in Bengal because till then only those from red light areas of Calcutta had taken to acting professionally. However, Kankabati broke her contract unilaterally and joined the group of the legendary Sisir Kumar Bhaduri. Sisir Kumar had to train the newcomer in haste and gave her a singing role, that of Bharatnari in his play Digbijoyi in February, 1929. Her entry on the stage singing Tagore's Gram Chhara Oi Ranga Matir Path was greeted with great enthusiasm by the audience. In her first play Digbijoyi. Kankabati became close to Sisir Kumar Bhaduri and the duo went on to produce one success after another. These included Basantaleela and Tagore's Bisarjan where Kankabati played male characters. These were followed with Buddhadeb Charit as Goutami, Alamgir, Bibaha Bibhrat as Bilasini Karfarma, Pally Samaj as Jethaima, Tapati as Bipasha, Sree Sree Bishnupriya as Sachimata, Gairik Pataka as Jijabai, Mahaprasthan as Gandhari, Chirakumar Sabha as Nirabala, Jogajog as Kumudini, to name a few. Sisir Kumar Bhaduri's team got an invitation to perform in the United States and Kankabati along with the entire group left for New York. This foreign trip remained unsuccessful for the troupe, but along with Sisir Kumar Bhaduri and Prabhadevi, Kankabati managed to earn critical appreciation. Kankabati first appeared on the screen in the silent film Bicharak (1928) based on a story by Tagore in the role of Khiroda. In sound films her most important work were in Palli Samaj (1932) as Jethaima, Seeta (1933) as Seeta and Talkie of Talkies (1937) as Swagata. She had completed about half the shooting for Sisir Kumar Bhaduri's film Chanakya (1939) in the role of Mura, when she suffered from an attack of meningitis and was admitted at the Carmichael Medical College in Calcutta where she breathed her last on 21st June, 1939.

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Usha Devjani Khan
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Actress

popularly known as 'Bethune Beauty' during her college days. She became a film actress, remembered for her role as Henrieta opposite Utpal Dutta who played the role of Michael in the Bengali film Michael Madhusudan (1950) directed by Madhu Bose. She also acted in a few other Bengali films.

Sadhana Bose
Sadhana Bose
(1914 - 1973)

Actress

Sadhana Bose,granddaughter of Keshab Chandra Sen was a renowned danseuse cum actress, later married film-maker Madhu Bose. A contemporary of Uday Shankar, in the 1930s she staged a number of ballets in Kolkata, including Bhookh on Bengal famine which was a pioneering work in presenting contemporary themes on stage and Omar Khayyam. Timir Baran, composed music for her performances and Tapas Sen did lighting design for her productions. Acted as Marjina in Alibaba (1937). Sadhana was a good dancer and almost all her film successes were in dancing roles. A very fine actress and sang her own songs. Some of her films were Abhinoy (Bengali-1938), Kumkum (1940), Rajnartaki (1941), Meenakshi (1942), Shankar Parvati, Vishkanya, Paigham, Shesher Kabita, Maa O Chhele. She was so popular as a glamorous heroine of the silver screen in the 1930s and 1940s that her face appeared in the Otene snow cream to enhance its brand value in the market during interwar years.

Amiya Thakur
Amiya Thakur
(1901-1988)

Singer

She was admitted to the Intermediate class of Bethune College after finishing her schooling from Bethune School. Initially, she was fortunate to learn Tagore songs from Rabindranath Tagore himself. She played the role of Pramada in Tagore's dance drama Mayar Khella which was directed by Tagore himself. She was married to Hritendranath Tagore son of Rabindranath Tagore's elder brother Hemendranath Tagore. It is she who sang the famous E Parabase Rabe Ke in Satyajit Ray's acclaimed movie Kanchanjangha. She learned Dhrupad from Jogindranath Bandyopadhyay, kheyal and tappa from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay and Tagore songs from Dinendranath, Sarala Devi Choudhurani and Indira Devi Choudhurani.

Kanak Das Biswas
Kanak Das (Biswas)
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Singer

She was sister-in-law to Debabrata Biswas and influenced his style of singing. She was also aunt of Satyajit Ray. Kanak Biswas (Das) was a student of Bethune College from 1920 - 1923 but she could not give her B. A, final examination. Her first record came out in 1927. Critics say she was more partial to the later composition of Tagore and avoided more classical based compositions. In many respects she was like a predecessor of Debabrata Biswas and her singing was characterized by modern pronunciation (e.g. lack of nasal tone) and boldness. At one time her song Na na go na, koro na bhabona was on the lips of everyone. She was a versatile singer and showed her proficiency in almost all areas of songs. Apart from Tagore songs she was proficient in the songs of Dwijendralal Ray, Nazrul Islam and modern Bengali songs too. The foundation of her musical genius was however in her training in classical music which she learned from Girijashankar Chakravarty and Jaminikumar Gangopadhyay. She was given the title of Sangeet Pratima by the famous musical organization Ragini. She was also the principal of the famous music school Geetabitan.

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Malati Ghoshal
(1902-1984)

Singer

She learned classical music from Gopeshwar Bandyopadhyay and Tagore songs from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay (son of Gopeswar Bandyopadhyay). Her style is more classical based Tagore songs.

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