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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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Dutt, Toru (1856–1877), Indian poet, translator, and novelist, was born at 12 Maniktollah Street, Rambagan, Calcutta, India, on 4 March 1856, the youngest daughter in the family of three children of Govin Chunder Dutt and his wife, Kshetramoni, née Mitter. Apart from a year (...

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Toru Dutt (1856–1877), by unknown artist

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Ghose, Manmohan (1869–1924), poet and university teacher, was born on 19 January 1869 at Bhagalpur, Bihar, India, the second son of Krishna Dhan Ghose (1844–1892/3), a civil medical officer in Bengal, and his wife, Swarnalata Basu (b. 1852), the eldest daughter of ...

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Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949) by unknown photographer, 1930 [Left to right] Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) and , during the salt march] Getty Images

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Naidu [née Chattopadhyay], Sarojini (1879–1949), politician and poet, born on 13 February 1879 in Hyderabad, was the second child and eldest daughter of Aghornath Chattopadhyay (Chatterji; 1851–1915) and his wife, Baradasundari, otherwise Varada Devi. Her younger brother, Virendranath (Chatto) Chattopadhyaya...

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Tagore, Dwijendranath (1840–1926), poet and philosopher, was born in Calcutta, India, on 11 March 1840, the eldest son of Debendranath Tagore (1817–1905) [see under Tagore family] and his wife, Sarada Devi (1826?–1875). His grandfather ‘Prince’ Dwarkanath Tagore was one of the most successful independent Indian merchants of the early nineteenth century. The ...

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Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1912 by courtesy of the Estate of Sir William Rothenstein; photograph courtesy of the Tate Gallery, London

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Tagore, Rabindranath (1861–1941), poet and educationist, was born on 7 May 1861 at 6 Dwarkanath Tagore Lane, Jorasanko, Calcutta, the fourteenth child and eighth son of Debendranath Tagore (1817–1905) [see under Tagore family] and Sarada Devi (1826?–1875). The author Swarnakumari Devi...