New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay on his Jayanti.
Taking to Twitter, he said, “Paying homage to Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay on his Jayanti. Through his extensive body of work, he showcased the greatness of India’s ethos. #VandeMataram, penned by him, inspires us to serve India with humility and devote ourselves towards empowering our fellow Indians.”
Born on June 27, 1838, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, was an Indian writer, poet, and journalist and is best known for composing India’s national song ‘Vande Mataram’ which was penned on November 7, 1875.
The verses of Vande Mataram can also be found in his political novel, Anandamath. The book was published in 1882. It was primarily about the Sanyasi army fighting the British soldiers. The tune of Vande Mataram was later given by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
He wrote 13 novels in Bengali and produced many critical, satirical, scientific, and seriocomic works. He was also addressed as Sahitya Samrat in Bengali. He was was influenced by the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and Surendranath Dutt.