- Surendranath Dasgupta
Surendranath Dasgupta ( _bn. সুরেন্দ্রনাথ দাসগুপ্ত) (1887–1952) was a
scholarof Sanskritand philosophy. He was principal of Sanskrit Collegeand later a professor at the University of Calcutta.
Dasgupta was born in Kushtia,
Bengal(now in Bangladesh). His ancestral home was in the village Goila in Barisal District. He studied in Ripon College an affiliated college of the University of Calcuttaand graduated with honours in Sanskrit. Later, he received his Masters degree from Sanskrit College in 1908. He got a second Masters degree in Western Philosophy in 1910 from the University of Calcutta.
His career in teaching began with a short stint as a lecturer in
Rajshahi College. Later, he became a professor of Sanskrit and Bengali in Chittagong College. After some time, he went back to graduate school and received a PhD from the University of Calcutta, and later went to Englandto work on his second PhD at the University of Cambridge.
Following his return in 1924, Dasgupta joined the Presidency College as professor of
philosophy. Later, he became the principal of Sanskrit College, and later joined the University of Calcutta as a professor.
In 1932, he served as the president of the
Indian Philosophical Congress. His own philosophy was known as "Theory of Dependent Emergence".
Dasgupta had three daughters Maitreyi Devi (Sen), Chitrita Devi (Gupta) and Sumitra Majumdar. Maitreyi Devi and Chitrita Devi(Gupta) were also famous writers. The list of his famous students includes scholars like
Mircea Eliadeand Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya.
His sons Subhayu Dasgupta, Sugata Dasgupta and Prof. Subhachari Dasgupta also left behind valuable work in nation building. Subhayu Dasgupta wrote the famous book " Hindu Ethos and the Challenge of Change" , while Sugata Dasgupta was a featured speaker and a noted Gandhian while his youngest son, Subhachari Dasgupta , erstwhile professor at the National Institute for Bank Management developed civil society leaders in India for three decades through the People's Institute for development and Training.
His only surviving child Sumitra Majumdar now spends her time between Goa and Calcutta.
*"A History of Indian Philosophy", 5 volumes
*"General Introduction to Tantra Philosophy"
*"A Study of Patanjali"
*"Yoga Philosophy in Relation to Other Systems of Indian Thought"
*"A History of Sanskrit Literature"
*"Rabindranath: The Poet and Philosopher"
Prof. Dasgupta married Madhuri Devi, a beautiful lady and the younger sister of India's pioneer film director and founder of Bombay Talkies Himanshu Rai [Ray] and had six children with her.
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