Chinsurah – the dream child of the Dutch!
Chinsurah is a historic Dutch colonial town located by the river Ganges in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Since its founding by the Dutch traders in the seventeenth century and subsequent cession to the British in exchange for the island of Sumatra, the town has been in the forefront in some of the key chapters of colonial rule in India and the Bengal Renaissance of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Chinsurah, with its twin Hooghly, is closely associated with the work and lives of the stalwarts in Indian history like Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Debendranath Tagore, Bhudeb Mukherjee, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee and Kazi Nazrul Islam, to name a few.
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Vande Mataram, the theme song for the Indian freedom movement, was conceived here.
The first printed book in Bengal, A Grammar of the Bengali Language by Nathaniel Brassey Halhed, was published from a small press in Hooghly in 1778.
Ramram Basu, a Chinsurah resident, published his book Raja Pratapaditya Charit in 1801 to become the first Bengalee author of prose.
Warren Hastings, a key architect of the British rule in India, got married in Chinsurah.
This is also the town where the literary talent of Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel laureate in literature, was formally recognized by his father Debendranath.
Modern day Chinsurah, colloquially known as Chuchura and Chunchro, is a vibrant town in the northern suburbs of Calcutta with its rich heritage and identity.
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www.chinsurah.com: Chinsurah, the dream child of Dutch, finally has a home on the net. Chinsurah.com strives to bind all those who have a chord attached to this beautiful town, either physically or with strings of nostalgia, even when they are a thousand miles away. This website attempts to provide all information on and about Chinsurah. But what will make this website unique is its policy of building communities through reader participation. Don’t worry if you don’t belong to Chinsurah or never lived there, you are still welcome.
This is just the beginning. As we grow and build a stronger Chinsurah community, the site will keep looking better. So keep checking back frequently and keep discovering more about our beloved town!