7 Bengalis Who Made It Big In Foreign Countries

Updated on 27 Sep, 2014 at 4:59 pm


It might be a cliché, but Bengalis do have a badge of creativity on them. It’s not only for them to know, but the world to know, and why not? Many Bengali personalities have hogged the limelight on the global stage. And, when one of them disappears, another appears. Here is a list of seven of the most famous Bengalis, who have made it big not only in India, but abroad as well. Check out:

7. Shreya Ghoshal – The New-age Nightingale

Her name does all the talking after her voice. A voice like that could terminate all wars fought in the world, who knows! She’s got the most soothing and melodious voice in recent times. Not only in India, she is acclaimed worldwide and is one of the most recognized Indian faces abroad. There simply can’t be any human who has listened to her voice and not loved it. She’s even got a day in her name in the US, Beat that?

Shreya Ghoshal – The New-age Nightingale

6. Sourav Ganguly – The Royal Bengal Tiger


At one point of time, Sourav Ganguly defined Bengali on the world map. With spellbinding records to his career, he is easily one of the best Indian cricketers in India. The “Prince of Calcutta,” he is adored by city-folks and the world alike. He is also regarded as the best Indian test captain India ever had. The team spirit that he created among players is still deeply ingrained in their psyche. His presence is still counted as one of the most important in any cricket tournament. He will always remain an international personality.

Sourav Ganguly – The Royal Bengal Tiger

5. Rabindranath Tagore – The Bard

Rabindranath Tagore hails from Bengal and the world knows him for his Nobel winning collection Gitanjali. It might not be the best that he wrote, but if it helped people in times of war to regain vitality for life, you really sit up and take notice. He is the Indian bard and with reason. Even a translation of his poems is bound to leave you awestruck. We Bengalis are blessed that way!

Rabindranath Tagore – The Bard

 4. Amartya Sen – Economics? There’s Amartya Sen to Solve Anything

He’s the second Bengali to bag the Nobel Prize. An economist, educationist and internationally famous personality, Amartya Sen is a Bengali at heart. Born and brought up in Shantiniketan, his family has had the effect of the bard, Rabindranath Tagore. Currently a professor in the US, he has several books to his credit. This Nobel Laureate is one of the most sought after persons in the world right now.

Amartya Sen

3. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – The Most Influential Educationist Now

Students of English literature are surely aware of this lady. She is the most influential person at the moment in matters of theoretical literature and philosophy. You need to be highly educated to even try and fathom one sentence of her essays. She is widely regarded as one of the most important educationists in the field of humanities with nobody to overtake her position around. A professor in the US, she studied at the Presidency College, Kolkata.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – The Most Influential Educationist Now

2. Satyajit Ray – ‘The’ Filmmaker for Many

Satyajit Ray is often considered among the best filmmakers the world has ever had. He might not have won an Academy Award, but, one cannot simply give him back what he has given us. If it’s Indian movies and films, it’s undoubtedly and always Satyajit Ray for the world. Be it Cannes, or the Oscars, he has been the talk of the town everywhere.

Satyajit Ray – ‘The’ Filmmaker for Many

1. Rituparno Ghosh – He was the Best in Recent Times, but Great People Die Young

He died very, very young, but Rituparno Ghosh is arguably the best known film director worldwide at the moment. His death has been a terrible loss to not only the Bengali film industry, but, for films in general. This maverick filmmaker had made great actors out of famous celebrities, be it Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan or Bipasha Basu. His films were never simple, they were complex. You had to be a very sensitive person to understand what he was trying to say. His films were premiered at various international film festivals and many won awards too.


Rituparno Ghosh

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