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Dutt, Michael Madhusudan (1824–1873), poet and playwright, was born Madhusudan Dutta, or Dutt, on 25 January 1824 in Sagardari, a village in the district of Jessore, east Bengal, the son of Rajnarayan Dutta, or Dutt, a successful upper caste Kayasth Bengali lawyer, and his wife, ...

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Harishchandra [known as Bharatendu Harishchandra] (1850–1885), Hindi poet, playwright, and literary editor, was born in Benares, India, on 9 September 1850, into a fabulously wealthy merchant family. The family of his mother, Parvati (d. 1855), had been diwans, or finance ministers, at the Mogul court at ...

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Tagore, Jyotirindranath (1849–1925), playwright and musician, was born in Calcutta on 4 May 1849, the fifth son of Debendranath Tagore (1817–1905) of the Jorasanko branch of the Tagore family of Bengal, and his wife, Sarada Devi (1826?–1875). The family occupied leading positions as entrepreneurs and religious reformers, within the ...