Now called Presidency University, Presidency College is the oldest college in India and one of the oldest in South Asia being established in the year 1817. It was established in the name of Hindu College.
Being one of the premiere institutions in the country, it has nurtured the minds of many great men and women from various fields ranging from scientists to economists to film makers to actors to Nobel Laureates. The list continues till date. Presidency has very famous alumni out of which here is a list of ten of them, whom you should know:
10. Pritam Chakraborty
He needs no introduction, since Pritam is one of the best music directors presently working in Bollywood. Born in Kolkata, West Bengal, Pritam is a Presidency College alumnus and is also associated with bands like Chandrabindu and Metro. He became famous with the dhoom machale track from Dhoom. He also has been the composer for most of the films made in Bollywood.
9. Ashok Kumar
His original name was Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly. He was also fondly called as dadamoni by Bengalis. He is an iconic member of Indian cinema and has been awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the year 1988 and Padma Bhushan in the year 1998 by the Government of India. He has acted in movies like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi with his brothers Kishore Kumar and Anoop Kumar. He was educated at the Presidency College.
8. Aparna Sen
She had acted in many Bollywood and regional, especially Bengali, movies before but Aparna Sen is mostly known for the films directed by her. Remember Mr. and Mrs. Iyer? Winner of many National and International awards, she is one of the most critically acclaimed directors in India. She had studied English Honours at the Presidency College.
7. Satyendra Nath Bose
A Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Satyendra Nath Bose, was a Bengali physicist specializing in quantum mechanics and mathematical physics. He is best known for the Bose-Einstein statistics and theory behind the Bose-Einstein condensate. He studied intermediate science in Presidency College under teaches like Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose.
6. Jibanananda Das
He is considered to be one of the best poets in Bengal after Rabindranath Tagore. His translator Clinton B. Seely considers him to be Bengal’s greatest modern poet. Critic Amit Chaudhuri has often claimed him to be the poet who is present in every Bengali’s consciousness. He graduated from the Presidency College in the year 1919 with a B.A. in English Literature.
5. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
The creator and composer of our National Song Vande Mataram, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, was a student of Presidency College. He is a very famous writer in Bengal and his song which was originally a Sanskrit stotra was used as inspiration by freedom fighters. He was one of the first graduates from Presidency College under Calcutta University.
4. Satyajit Ray
Satyajit ray, born in the year1921, is considered as the best Indian filmmaker. He is the master of independent filmmaking. He is the only Indian to have received an Honorary Academy Award in the year 1991. His first film Pather Panchali (1955) received the Best Human Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival apart from eleven international awards. He studied Economics and attained a Bachelor’s Degree from Presidency College.
3. Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen, born in the year1933, is a worldwide acclaimed Economist. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in the year 1998. He was born in Shantiniketan and is known to have been named by another Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. He is mostly famous for his theories on welfare economics and social choice theory. In the year 1949 he was admitted to Presidency College where he earned a first class first degree in B.A. (Honours) in Economics. Eventually he went on to study at the Trinity College, Cambridge.
2. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Born in the year 1897, Subhash Chandra Bose was a nationalist freedom fighter of India who was also the founder of the Forward Block party. He is one of the most respected names in India and especially in Bengal where he was born, although many think he deserves much more than he is given. He was passionate about driving out the British out of India and did not move away from war and bloodshed. He was admitted to Presidency in the year 1913.
1. Swami Vivekananda
Born as Narendra Nath Dutta, Swami Vivekananda is one of the most iconic Indians who are famous worldwide. He was born in the year 1863 and is responsible for spreading the knowledge of the Vedantas in the Western world. His famous 1893 Chicago speech had left the entire West in awe of him and subsequently of Eastern knowledge and philosophy. He had joined Presidency College in the year 1879 and was the only student in that batch to attain first-division marks.