Annada Shankar Ray

(15 May 1905 - 28 October 2002 / Orissa / India)

Annada Shankar Ray
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Annada Shankar Ray (Bengali: অন্নদাশঙ্কর রায় ) was a renowned Bengali poet and essayist.

Biography

Annada Shankar Ray was born in Dhenkanal in Orissa. He graduated in English from Ravenshaw College. His father had shifted base from their ancestral village of Rameswarpur near Dhamnagar in Bhadrak of Orissa, following a family feud. His family roots go back to the 'Ghosh Mahashayas' who migrated to Rameswarpur from Kotarang near Howrah as a part of Todarmal's contingent during Akbar's reign.

He topped the list of Indian Civil Service examinees in 1927. He had failed to make the mark in the previous year being cut-off by one rank. It is said that he promised... more »

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