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 [20-21st Century]

Kamala Dasgupta
Kamala Dasgupta
(1907-2000)

Political Activists and revolutionaries

Kamala Dasgupta a militant freedom fighter, graduated from Bethune College. Though in a letter to Mahatma Gandhi she pressed her desire to join Sabarmati Ashram, but her political career began with her friendly connections with Jugantar Party. She trained herself in the art of Fighting with Lathi. In 1938 she charges of editing Mandira a women's news. In 1939 she was arrested in connection with Dalhousie Square Conspiracy Case. She allegedly supplied a revolver to Bina Das who fired at Stanley Jackson, Governor of Bengal, for, this she imprisoned in Hijli jail. After the amalgamation of the Jugantar Party with the Indian National Congress Party, she became the Secretary of Bengal Provincial Women Congress and also joined the Quit India Movement. During the communal riots of Noakhali, she was assigned by Gandhiji to give relief to the victims of the riot. Besides being a freedom fighter, she also contributed in the movement for the social and economic freedom of women. She wrote Swadhinata Sangram ae Nari and her autobiography Rakter Akshare.

Rajmata Benita Roy
Rajmata Benita Roy
(1907 - )

Political Activists and revolutionaries

Rajmata Benita Roy an aristocrat, litterateur, diplomat and minister. She was the forty-ninth Rani of the Chakma Circle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Her paternal grandfather was Keshub Chandra Sen the Hindu reformer and Brahmo Samaj leader. She was a close associate of Rabindranath Tagore under whose patronage she launched the first literary magazine Garika in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The first publication of its kind to feature Chakma language poetry. During the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, Roy opened up the Rangamati Palace as a shelter for civilians. In 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman appointed her as a member of Bangladesh's first delegation to the UN General Assembly. During the political and constitutional crises of the mid 1970s, Roy served in the Bangladeshi government as Minister of Land Administration and Land Reforms and Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation.

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Shukuntala Sarkar
(1913 - 2007)

Political Activists and revolutionaries

Shukhalata Sarkar ( passed her I. Sc from Bethune College in 1932. and graduated with Mathematics Honours from Vidyasagar College. A soft-spoken natured having steely determination she participated in the Non-co-operation Movement of Mahatma Gandhi and refused to wear imported cotton, except Khadi. A strict disciplinarian, she performed all her duties as a member of her joint family. Yet, she would be present in all the important meetings of the Old Students' Association even in her nineties. Tarak-Sudha Endowment Fund of Rs. 45 Lacs was created by Shukhalata's children and the interest from the fund is used for a yearly award for leadership in Mathematics and Computer Science in Bethune College.

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Purabi Mukherjee
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Political Activists and revolutionaries

Purabi Mukherjee passed her Intermediate examination from Bethune College. She was the Minister-in-charge of Prison and Social Welfare under Chief Minister P. C. Sen of West Bengal.

Abha Maity
Abha Maity
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Political Activists and revolutionaries

Abha Maity was admitted to the I. A. Class of Bethune College. Her political interest was probably influenced by her father who was a devoted and active member of Congress Party. She later became the Minister-in-Charge of the Department of Relief and Rehabilitation under the Chief Minister P. C. Sen. In 1977 she became the State Minister of Industries in the Central Government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai.

Leela Roy nee Nag
Leela Roy nee' Nag
(1900-1970)

Educationist, Social & Political Activists

Leela Roy nee' Nag was a relentless crusader against all social and political inequalities. Holding a BA in English degree from Bethune College, Calcutta, where she received the Padmabati Gold Medal for her academic performance. The first woman to obtain MA from the University of Dacca. As Assistant Secretary of Nikhil Banga Nari Votadhikar Samiti arranged various meetings to form public opinion on social and economic rights of women. She founded the Deepali Sangha for all round development of women. With an objective of enhancing women's education she founded several Deepali Schools and Nari Shiksha Mandir etc. She also founded twelve Free Primary Schools. Dacca Deepali School later named as Qamrunnessa Girls' School. She established Gana Shiksha Parishad for spreading female education at mass level and established a working and needy girl's hostel at Calcutta. She became the member of a Revolutionary group Sree Sangha led by Hemchandra Ghosh and Anil Roy who she married later. She inspired other women in armed revolutionary ideology and freedom struggle and formed Deepali Chhatri Sangha, a student's revolutionary group. She set up a fund entitled Mahila Atmaraksha Fund. It was the first self-defense martial art groups in the region. Leela Nag was the founder editor of Jayasree, a women's monthly journal. She was the first woman detainee under Bengal Ordinance Act from Dacca. On Subhas Chandra Bose's formation of the Forward Bloc she joined it. After the Calcutta and Noakhali riots of 1946 she took up the relief work. She was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1946, but she resigned from it as she opposed Partition and formed East Bengal Minority Welfare Committee. She organized protest meetings against the Unauthorized Person's Eviction Bill 1951. With her initiative Forward Bloc merged with Praja Socialist Party. She was imprisoned during the Save East Bengal Movement.

Ashoka Gupta
Ashoka Gupta
(1912-2008)

Educationist, Social & Political Activists

Ashoka Gupta an eminent social worker in the Gandhian mould and worked closely with the Mahatma especially for India's polity and women's lives. She was born to Jyotirmoyee Devi, the novelist, but lost her father Kiran Chandra Sen when she was six while her mother struggled to establish her career. Brilliant in academics she become first among female candidates in matriculation. She joined Bethune College, to study mathematics. Later she became founder of Mahila Seva Samity, member of the All India Women's Conference and president of Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. She actively set up branches of AIWC and various welfare organizations. During the Bengal Famine of 1943, she took part in relief work in Bankura. A key figure in providing relief to women particularly caught up in the Partition related Noakhali genocide in East Bengal in late 1946 helping out Gandhi-Ji. Her husband Saibal Gupta was then an ICS officer cum a judge in Chittagong. Gupta reached Noakhali in late October 1946. After the Partition, she engaged herself in refugee rehabilitation, child literacy and upliftment of rural women and tribal communities. She worked as the chairperson of the West Bengal State Social Welfare Advisory Board from 1955 to 1959. In 1959, became a member of the Central Social Welfare Board, at the suggestion of Bidhan Chandra Roy and Durgabai Deshmukh. She was the State Commissioner (Guides) and the State Chief Commissioner of The Bharat Scouts and Guides. She was a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Calcutta from 1948 to 1953. She was associated with the Palli Sangathan Vibhag of Visva Bharati University from 1956. Later she became a member of the Executive Council of the University. Ashoka Gupta while still in college she married Shaibal Kumar Gupta, a district judge and member of the ICS. As her husband was transferred around the country, she got to travel and see India. In 1938, her husband was transferred to Dhaka. In Dhaka in 1936, she became a member of the All India Women's Conference. Her involvement with the AIWC was lifelong; she became its President in 1986 and was its Patron at the time of her death. After her husband's transfer to Bankura, she worked to alleviate famine there in 1942-43. The couple then moved to Chittagong. In Noakhali she met Mahatma Gandhi on his historic visit in 1945 and was inspired to work for the rehabilitation of refugees. She documented extensively the human rights abuses that were occurring during the time of Partition and how they affected women and children. After Partition she continued to work for social uplift. During the Bangladesh War she and her husband set up the Bangladesh Anushandhan Committee to investigate atrocities and help the affected. As she says of her life in her memoir, 'These were decades of political tumult and turmoil, when no thinking Indian could remain a mute spectator but was dragged willy-nilly into this maelstrom of activity.' She was a member of the Central Social Welfare Board, assigned to Orissa, Tripura and Rajasthan, a member of the advisory committee of the Bengal Board, on the Board of the LIC, of the Karma Samiti of Viswa Bharati, and of the board of the Kasturba Trust. She was the President of the All Indian Women's Conference for five years, she was also state chief commissioner of the Indian Scouts and Guides Associations for three years, president of the SOS children's villages, president of Buniyadi Vidyapeeth, patron of the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust and the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. She was a founder member of the Mahila Seva Samiti. She was a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj award for lifetime achievement for her work with women and children. Her memoir, translated into English by Sipra Bhattacharya and Ranjana Dasgupta and titled In the Path of Service: Memories of a Changing Century, was published by Stree in 2008.

Ila Sen Mitra
Ila Sen Mitra
(1925-2002)

Educationist, Social & Political Activists

Ila Sen Mitra is the first Bengali woman athlete to be selected for participate in London 1944 Olympic Games, but that was cancelled due to WWII. Later she became a distinguished, teacher and a dauntless political worker. She passed I. A. from Bethune College, but later did her MA in Bangla Literature and Culture from Calcutta University as a private student. Ila Mitra began her political activities when she was a student at Bethune College in Kolkata. Ila Mitra got married to Ramendra Mitra, a scion of the Chapai Nawabganj zamindar family and an active member of the Communist Party. She joined the Mahila Atmaraksha Samiti (Association for Women's Self-Defense) and the Communist Party of India. She became a volunteer teacher at a girls' school established by Ramendra Mitra and his friend, Altaf Mia in their village. Ila Mitra soon became the leader of the peasants and indigenous Santhals in greater Rajshahi region, (in the district of Chapai Nawabganj), and was often by them as RaniMa (Queen mother). During 1946-1950 she organized during a peasant-Santhal uprising in Nachole Upazila, Chapai Nawabganj for forcing the government to implement the Floud Commission Report to give justice to the sharecroppers. She went to the riot-affected village of Hasnabad in Noakhali when Mahatma Gandhi was in a visit there to put an end to the communal riot. While she was trying to escape, was caught and sent to the Rajshahi Central jail on 21 January 1950 following a clash between peasants and the policemen at Nachole on 5 January 1950 when about 2000-armed policemen were sent there for preserving peace, but they set many villages on fire and killing many villagers. Tried under a treasonable charge, Ila Mitra was sentenced to life imprisonment. Ila Mitra fell very sick in jail and in 1954, the United Front government sent her in parole to Kolkata for treatment. Poet Golam Kuddus has expressed his admiration for her iron-strong will penned 'Ila Mitra'. She again involved herself with the Communist Party of India, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly four times, from 1962 to 1972. In 1971 she campaigned extensively for support for the Bangladesh War of Independence. Ila Mitra was also a writer and translator. For her translations she won the Soviet Land Nehru Award. The central government of India awarded her the Tamra Patra for her role in the Independence movement.

Asima Chatterjee
Dr.(Prof.) Asima Chatterjee
(1917-2006)

Academicians

Dr.(Prof.) Asima Chatterjee considered a Doyenne of Chemistry, as a student of Bethune College showed early promise obtaining her M.Sc. Degree from Calcutta University in 1938, with organic chemistry as the special paper and D.Sc. degree in 1944 the first woman to be awarded it under the guidance of P. K. Bose, the pioneer natural product chemist in India. She was a Premchand Roychand Scholar of the University of Calcutta. In 1940 she joined Lady Brabourne College as the Founder- Head of the Department of Chemistry. She also served as the Khaira Professor of Chemistry, one of the most prestigious and coveted chairs of the University of Calcutta. She worked with L.M. Parks University of Wisconsin, USA on naturally occurring glycosides. Chatterjee successfully developed the anti-epileptic drug Ayush-56 and the anti-malarial drug. The patented drugs have been marketed by several companies. She made significant contributions in the field of medicinal chemistry with special reference to alkaloids, coumarins and terpenoids, analytical chemistry, and mechanistic organic chemistry. She published around four hundred papers in national and international journals and more than a score of review articles in reputed serial volumes. Chatterjee edited and revised the six-volume Bharatiya Banoushodhi published by the Calcutta University and was also the Chief-Editor of the six-volume series, The Treatise of Indian Medicinal Plants published by CSIR. Elected a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi (1960), received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (1961) and was conferred Padma Bhushan (1975) amongst other awards. In 1972, she was appointed as the Honorary Coordinator of the Special Assistance Programme to intensify teaching and research in natural product chemistry, sanctioned by the Indian University Grants Commission. She first woman scientist to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress Association (1975) and was nominated by the President of India as a Member of the Rajya Sabha which she served with distinction from February 1982 till May 1990. She probably imbibed interest in the medicinal plants from her father a medical doctor Indra Narayan Mukherjee interested in botany. During her post-graduate studies, she came in contact with eminent teachers and educationists such as, Acharya P.C. Ray and others.

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Prof. Akhtar Imam
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Academicians

Prof. Akhtar Imam, graduating from Bethune College in Philosophy Honours 1937 became Professor & Head of the Department of Philosophy, Dacca University.

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Dr. (Prof.) Hamida Khanam
(1865-1951)

Academicians

Dr. (Prof.) Hamida Khanam passed B.A. Examination with Distinction from Bethune College. In 1952 she went to Columbia University as Full-Bright fellow. She became the Principal of Home Economics College, Dacca. In 1969 Pakistan Govt. awarded her a Gold Medal for her contribution in education.

Nandini Raha
Prof. Nandini Raha
(1939 till date)

Academicians

Prof. Nandini Raha was an Intermediate Class student in Bethune College. She graduated with Honours in Physics from Scottish Church College. After teaching for some time in Sarojini Naidu College, Calcutta, she joined the Physics Department of Bethune College as lecturer in 1963 and continued to pursue her teaching career there for a long period of 36 years. After her retirement in 1999 she joined in practical teaching in the Baker Laboratory of the Presidency College. Experimental Physics is her favourite subject. To inspire the students in it she used to take her students to Science Museum or to Indian Association for Cultivation of Science. At the age when people struggle with health issues, octogenarian Nandini Raha is dedicated and passionate teacher continued to take classes as a guest lecturer at Presidency University. This, she did without taking any fee. She says, "Things will change, you have to accept the change". She taught Physics for 37- years without a break at her alma matar.

Suparna Sanyal
Dr. (Prof.) Suparna Sanyal
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Academicians

Dr. (Prof.) Suparna Sanyal with her alma matar Bethune College is the Professor at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden. She is busy solving mechanistic questions regarding protein synthesis and protein folding. Expert in molecular and structural biology & fast kinetics her research focuses on ribosome structure and function, translational GTPases, antibiotics, amyloid (prion) aggregation and misfolding diseases. Sanyal lab has engineered an E. coli strain JE28, which allows quick and easy purification of the his-tagged ribosomes. They have assembled an in vivo like cell-free translation system with purified ribosomes and translation factors. Sanyal is also a pioneer for demonstrating rRNA assisted protein folding activity of the ribosome.

Aditi Sen Dey
Dr. (Prof.) Aditi Sen Dey
(1974 - till date)

Academicians

Dr. (Prof.) Aditi Sen Dey after schooling joined Bethune College to study mathematics honours and obtained a degree in B.Sc. in 1995. Subsequently, she joined the prominent Applied Mathematics department of the Rajabazar Science College, University of Calcutta, where she pursued her interests in quantum and statistical physics. After achieving her Master's Degree followed by a short period of research work in India, moved to Gdańsk, Poland to work at the University of Gdańsk, where she received her PhD in January 2004. Following her doctoral studies, she moved to Hannover, Germany as a Humboldt Research Fellow given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany to work at the Leibniz University. Thereafter, she joined The Institute of Photonic Sciences at Barcelona, Spain to continue her research on quantum information theory, condensed matter and statistical physics. She won the prestigious Ramón y Cajal Research Fellowship during her time in Spain. Upon returning to India in 2008, she briefly joined the School of Physical Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University as an Assistant Professor in Physics, before moving to Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad in 2009, where she is currently a Professor in Physics. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research awarded her the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards in 2018. She is the first women recipient of this Prize in the Physical Science category. In 2012, she won the biennial Buti Foundation Award, given by the Indian Physics Association to young scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the area of Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics or Biophysics.

Neena Gupta
Dr. (Prof.) Neena Gupta
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Academicians

Dr. (Prof.) Neena Gupta was graduated with honours in Mathematics from Bethune College in 2006. She earned her Post Graduation in Mathematics from the Indian Statistical Institute in 2008 and subsequently, her Ph.D. degree in 2011 with algebraic geometry as her specialization. Her primary fields of interest are commutative algebra and affine algebraic geometry. She served various prestigious institutions i.e. as an Associate Professor at Statistical and Mathematics Unit (SMU), ISI Kolkata, INSPIRE Faculty at ISI Kolkata, Visiting Fellow at TIFR Mumbai, Visiting Scientist at ISI Kolkata, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Fellow at ISI Kolkata. For her brilliant works in Mathematics she received the Saraswathi Cowsik Medal by the TIFR Alumni Association for her work on the Zariski Cancellation Problem in positive characteristic (2013), Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2019) in the category of mathematical sciences, the highest honour in India in the field of science and technology.

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Prof. Tatini Das (Gupta)
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Alma matar and Principal of Bethune College

Prof. Tatini Das (Gupta) a brilliant scholar and former Principal of Bethune College. She was married to famous philosopher Saroj Das. Tatini Das (Gupta) stood First both in I.A. Examination in 1914 and B.A. Honours Examination in 1916. She became the Principal of this college during 1934-1950.

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Prof. Nalini Das
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Alma matar and Principal of Bethune College

Prof. Nalini Das, was a student of Philosophy Department, joined as a Member of Faculty & later she served the tenure as the Principal of Bethune College from 1968-1974.

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Dr. (Prof.) Manimala Das
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Alma matar and Principal of Bethune College

Dr. (Prof.) Manimala Das was a Commonwealth Scholar. She graduated from Bethune College with Honours in Physics and did her Ph. D. from Oxford University. She taught at Presidency College, Lady Brabourne College, before taking up the charge as Principal of Bethune College. She ably guided the College from October 2002 - 2008 when she left her alma matar to take up the charge of Netaji Subhas Open University as its Vice chancellor.

Pushpa Mishra
Dr. (Prof.) Pushpa Misra
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Alma matar and Principal of Bethune College

Dr. (Prof.) Pushpa Misra , a former Principal, Bethune College (1997 - 2002). She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh during 1993-1994. A doctorate in philosophy from the University of Rochester. Her academic interest ranges from Psychoanalysis to the Philosophy of Science, Applied Ethics and Literature. And, is also a well-known translator and writer. Her major published books are Clinical Obstetrics a Case - Based Approach (English), Swapno ki Pankh (Hindi), Manosamikhaner Rooprekha (a Bengali translation of Outline of psychoanalysis by Sigmund). She is now the President of Indian Psychoanalytical Society.

Mukulika Konar
Dr. Mukulika Konar
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Medical Practitioner

Dr. Mukulika Konar, a Physician and Gynaecologist, MB, DGO Cal., F.R.C.O.G. London. She was a Professor Director of the Gynaecology & Obstetrics Department, Eden Hospital, CMC, Calcutta. In 1974, she co-authored a paper," Interlocking in Twin Pregnancy - a case report" with Dr Bani Ghosh and Dr. Debi Prasad Chatterjee.

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Dr. Rita Das
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Medical Practitioner

Dr. Rita Das ,a famous ophthalmologist.

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Dr. Mandira Mukherjee
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Medical Practitioner

Dr. Mandira Mukherjee was a Physician graduated from Bethune College.

Purabi Mukhopadhyay
Purabi Mukhopadhyay
(1931-2017)

Singer

Purabi Mukhopadhyay was one of those exceptional persons who was named Purabi by Rabindranath Tagore himself. She is one of the leading exponents of Rabindra Sangeet. A protégé of the legendary Debabrata Biswas, Purabi later taught music at Visva Bharati as well as in Rabindra Bharati University. She had several albums to her credit and was one of the most-heard singers on the Kolkata station of All India Radio. As a reputed exponent of Tagore songs whose voice, melody and adherence to the original style has been widely appreciated. She has sung all over India and in different Asian and European countries.

Pandita Tripti Mukherjee
Pandita Tripti Mukherjee
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Singer

Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, an Indian Classical vocalist belonging to Mewati Gharana. She is a senior disciple of Pandit Jasraj. She is the founding director of Pt. Jasraj Institute for Music, Research, Artistry and Appreciation. While a student of Political Science in Bethune College she stood First in a talent competition organised by the renowned Dover Lane Music Conference in 1986.

Debarati Shome
Debarati Shome
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Singer

Debarati Shome is a renowned singer who stood First Class 1st in M.Mus. from Rabindra Bharati. She did her PhD on the subject of Bhanga Gaane Rabindranath er Swakiyata. She is a Radio Artist of Rabindra Sangeet (since 1984) and a recipient of Samatat Samman (2003).

Susmita Goswami
Susmita Goswami
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Singer

Susmita Goswami a top graded Nazrul Geeti artist with All India Radio and Dooradarshan. Among her many awards, she has been honoured with Young Talent's Scholarship in the field of Hindusthani Shori Toppa. She has been awarded with the Nazrul Award for Life Time Achievement Award by the Govt. of West Bengal. Has also given music direction to the Bengali film Rehal.

Manjushree Chaki Sarkar
Dr. Manjushree Chaki Sarkar
(1934-2000)

Danseuse

Dr. Manjushree Chaki Sarkar a renowned danseuse trained in Odissi . She was a student of Intermediate Class in Bethune College. She is a very famous name in contemporary Indian dance. She not only excelled in dance but acquired a doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University and applied her knowledge of anthropology in her dances. In early 1980s, Manjushree Chaki Sircar and her daughter, Ranjabati Sircar, coined the term Navanritya or New Dance for their methodology of dance training and choreography. The Sircars' New Dance emerged from the Bengal in a period that simultaneously witnessed a nationwide upsurge of women's rights movements against the rise of right-wing anti-feminist politics. Energized by the feminist movement, the mother and daughter duo challenged and critiqued patriarchal frameworks governing the production of dance for the modern Indian stage. They questioned, both through their dancing bodies as well as through their published work against the existing conventions of dance performance such as the stereotypical representation of women in performance. Manjushree's style presented highly innovative and subversive dance works that provided fresh, startling, and contemporary interpretations of available literary sources and inherited dance-drama traditions. One of her best-known production was the water ballet Abhigyan Shakuntalum. She has been awarded the Shiromani Puraskar, West Bengal State Academy Award, Uday Shankar Award and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

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Krishna Dutta
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Author

Krishna Dutta graduated from Bethune College in 1961 with Honours in Philosophy. After doing her Master's in Philosophy from Calcutta University, she migrated to England along with her husband. Krishna Dutta was always interested in Bengali literature and she continued with her literary activities in England also. Her acclaimed work is a biography of Tagore titled Tagore: A Myriad Minded Man which she co-authored with Andrew Johnson. The book was published by Cambridge University. She also wrote a book on Calcutta titled Calcutta, published by Roli Books. She has also translated into English many letters of Tagore. As a Tagore scholar she is busy in translating various works of Tagore.

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(Dr.) Aruna Mukherjee
(1938-1987)

Academicians and cultural activists

(Dr.) Aruna Mukherjee stood first in I.Sc. from Bethune College. She did her B Sc. from Presidency College, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Calcutta University. Her Ph.D. dissertation was titled 'Stdies on N-substitutes Hydroxamic Acid and Metal Chelates." Aruna Mukhopadhyay's knack for literature and culture made her publish Arghya and Sonar Harin two books of poem. She was actively involved in performing arts, especially in dramas. She was involved with Rabibasar, a reputed literary group, and acted in Rajsingha and Prayaschitta staged at Bethune College. She will always be remembered for her role Prakriti in Rabindranath Tagore's Chandalika.

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Rupa Chakravarty
(1944-1997)

Academicians and cultural activists

Rupa Chakravarty a cultural activist, graduated from Bethune College in 1964 with History Honours and was awarded a gold medal for her performance. She also had completed a course in Rabindra Sangeet from Viswa Bharati. She directed music in many musical performances one notable being Ramayana which she performed in Fort McMurray and Edmonton and in Chicago also. A prestigious award instituted in her memory by her son Joydeep, daughters Nipa and Dipa in 1999 is given annually to a Bethune Alumna who has distinguished herself in the area of performing art or science or research.

Shobha Sen
Shobha Sen
(1923-2017)

Theatre and film personality

Shobha Sen is a thespian in her own right. Her career began in the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) i.e., Gananatya Sangstha and acted in the lead female role of 'Nabanna'. In 1953 -54 she joined the Little Theatre Group which later became Peoples' Theatre Group. Under Utpal Dutt's direction she played many versatile roles especially, being the female lead for plays like Shakespeare's Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shobha Sen was married to Utpal Dutt in the year 1961. She is remembered for her acting in Barricade, Tiner Taloyar, Titumir, Surja Shikar, Lenin Kothay, Stalin 1934, and Maloparar She has also acted in films. She produced the documentary Nati which depicts the history of the participation of female actresses in Bengali theatre. Shobha Sen is also remembered for films like 1981's Baisakhi Megh and 1979's Jharh, both movies directed by Utpal Dutt. Also, Mrinal Sen's 1972 movie Ek Adhuri Kahani and 1983's Pasand Apni Apni. Received the Mother Teresa International Award in April 2010.

Nandini Maliya
Nandini Maliya
(1952 - 1999)

Theatre and film personality

Nandini Maliya starred in nearly forty films, the most notable being Chhuti which won her the National Award. She is also remembered for her performances in Malyadaan, Bisarjan, Nimantran, Mandir, Kajla Didi, Samarpita etc. Nandini is also known for her acting in professional theatre and jatra.

Bratati Bandyopadhyay
Bratati Bandyopadhyay
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Elocutionist

Bratati Bandyopadhyay is Renowned Bengali language Elocutionist. She is the founder head of Kabyayan, an institution for practising elocution and it has completed 25 years of its journey. Bratati Parampara, is another an organization that works on elocution and other forms of performing arts. In December 1996, she gave her first three-hour-long solo recital titled Ek Sandhyay Eka Bratati which created a milestone in the cultural history of Bengal. Soumitra Chattopadhyay is in all praise about her, Bratati's subtle treatment of poetry touches one's heart. Not just her spontaneous recitals, but her stage poise, performance and demeanour speak volumes about her discipline and dedication towards the Art."

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Rita Sinha
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Sports person

Rita Sinha a National Champion in Rifle Shooting. She hails from the reputable Royal family of "Paikpara Raj" of Calcutta. She was graduated in Chemistry Honours from Bethune College. She was a National Champion in rifle shooting for consecutively nine years. And, represented India in many countries. In 1980 in Ahmedabad she achieved best award prizes from Dr. Karan Singh, Sailen Manna and Umapati Kumar and best year award from Khelar Ashar. She was also rewarded from Bethune College for her sporting achievements.

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Krishna Das
(1959 - till date)

Sports person

Krishna Das an Archer she represented India in the Asian Games in Bangkok 1978 and Delhi 1982 in and in three Asian Archery meets. She was the first archer to receive the Arjuna Award in 1984 in recognition for her outstanding achievements in the field of Archery. She has received several state awards and a host of other national level awards. She has coached several local level aspiring archers.

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