Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Govt. Medical College & Hospital

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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

The medical college & hospital is named after Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, a very famous Bengali novelist and short story writer of the early 20th century with phenomenal popularity.

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, alternatively spelt as Sarat Chandra Chatterjee was born on 15 September,1876 in Debanandapur, a small village in Hooghly, West Bengal. Motilal Chattopadhyay, his father, held irregular job and thus, the family was mired in poverty. His childhood was mostly spent in his grandfather’s house, in Bihar. He was a daring adventure loving boy. His education began at an informal village school and later he joined Hooghly Branch High School. He was a good student and got a double promotion that enabled him to skip a grade. He passed the Entrance Examination and enrolled in fine arts but he had to give it up due to the family’s miserable financial state. His imagination and love for literature were an invaluable gift from his father. He began writing in his early teens.

Sarat Chandra used to visit village after village, mingle with the local people, spent several days with them inside and outside Bengal. The experience which he gathered was the reason of unique and elegant style of his literary works. Most of his works deal with the lifestyle, tragedy and struggle of the village people and the contemporary social practices that prevailed in Bengal. He picked many revolutionary topics that included social consciousness and turbulent societal traditions and spun them into endearing and intricate tales. This gained him a following not just in India but abroad as well. His remarkable leniency towards the cause of women and their lives puts him a step ahead of his contemporaries. He wrote over 30 novels, novellas, and stories. He remains the most popular, translated, and adapted Indian author of all time.

In the year1900, he started working at the Banali Estate in Bihar. He later became an assistant to the Settlement Officer in the Santhal district settlement. In 1903, at the age of 27, he moved to Burma and worked as a clerk in a government office in Rangoon. He then secured a permanent job in the Accounts Department of Burma Railway. He lived there for nearly 13 years and returned to Baje Shibpur, Howrah, in 1916.

After returning from Burma, Chattopadhyay stayed for 11 years in Baje Shibpur in the district of Howrah. There he made a two-storied Burmese style house in the village of Samta in 1923. His house is known as Sarat Kuthi. The Sarat Kuthi is very near to Uluberia and the medical college & hospital is named after him to honour to one of Bengal’s most prolific and popular novelists and short story writers of early 20th century.