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Bijoy (Berry Sarbadhikari)
(? - 1976Dec19)
Doyen of Indian cricket commentators on radio.

Sir Deva Prosad Sarbadhicari(Sir) 27-B
Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University, renowned educationist, solicitor, Member Calcutta Club (1910), Member Govt. Commission to enquire about England based Indian students (1925), Indian Representative to the League of Nations (1930), author of "Smritrekha" (1933), first Indian Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Calcutta,  associate of Sir Surendra Nath Banerjee


Dr Kanak Chandra Sarbadhikari MB, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Edin) 1910-1970

Dr Kanak Chandra Sarbadhikari, son of Lt.Col. Dr Suresh Prasad and grandson of Rai Bahadur Dr Soorja Coomar was born in the illustrious Basu Sarbadhikari family of Bengal, whose lineage goes back to more than 500 years. He was a third generation doctor.

Born at Calcutta on Mahanavami day,12 October 1910, he was educated at the city's Hare School and the Presidency College. He graduated in medicine from the Carmichael Medical College in 1933 and went on to England for his Fellowships of both the Royal Colleges of England and Edinburgh.

On his return to Calcutta he joined the Carmichael (present day R.G.Kar) Medical College and Hospitals and was appointed Deputy Visiting Surgeon in the unit of the legendary Lt.Col. Prof.L.M.Bannerji. In 1947 he organised its Orthopaedic Unit and later was appointed the Superintendent of that hospital.

In 1952 he joined as the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Calcutta Medical College. In 1955 the Orthoaedic Section of the Association of Surgeons came into being.The first mid-term conference on Orthoapaedics was held at the Calcutta Medical College on 14/15 April,1956. Prof. Sarbadhikari was its main organiser.He was later appointed the Principal and Superintendent of that institution in 1960. In 1969 he assumed the office of the Director of Health Services of West Bengal. He was a great administrator and a strict disciplinarian.

Amongst his other activities, he was a keen Freemason and was the Assistant Grandmaster of the Regional Grand Lodge of Eastern India. He was an illustrious Rotarian and became President of the Rotary Club of Calcutta (the oldest in the mainland of Asia) in 1963. He was appointed the leader of the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team and toured Europe and the USA in 1965. He went on to become the Governor of Rotary District 325 in 1970.

He was a Justice of the Peace, Assessor in the Union Public Service Commission and Examinar in surgery in the Universities of Calcutta , Dibrugarh and Gauhati.He took a keen interst in many philanthropic organisations including the Red Cross and the St.John's Amulance Brigade.

He expired on Mahasthami day, October 10th ,1970 at the age of 60 years.


Nagendra Prasad Sarbadhikary
Sportsman, cricketer, father of Indian Football
Born 1869 (22 Sraban 1276) Died 1940 Jan 17

However 40 years before Gandhi and Ambedkar in this very city of Calcutta
in 1881 a player from the lower caste, one Moni Das, son of a potter forced
his way into an upper caste Hindu team. This was a very significant event
in that age.

Nagendra Prasad Sarbadhikary, who is now known as the father of
Indian football, formed a series of sporting clubs in the 1880s, one of the
first being the Wellington. This Moni Das was one of the first members to
be inducted by Nagendra Prasad to the Wellington club, but soon after, the other
members of the club protested about playing with this man from the lower caste.
Sarbadhikary saying that a sporting ground is beyond any prejudice was
however forced by the members' protest and the intrigues behind his back
to dismantle the Wellington Club in 1883.

Soon after, 500 members left and Nagendra Prasad founded the
Sovabazar Club, one of the leading sports institutions of colonial India.
The first member of this new club was Moni Das. He later captained the
Mohan Bagan Club, yet another legendry institution of sports in India,
colonial and post colonial. Thus a man from the lower caste, through
cricketing prowess and sport broke into the upper echelons of the Hindu society.

Prabhat Kumar Sarbadhikari
Renowned scientist

Prasanna Kumar Sarbadhikari 26A 1826-

Prasanna Kumar was truly a great man. He was an eminent scholar of European fame and was held in high estimation not only because of his eminent scholarship but as a leading member of the Syndicate of the Calcutta University. He was an author of several books. He spent most of his earnings in establishing schools and feeding the poor. 
- Dr Walsh in Murshidabad Kahini


Raj Kumar 26-D  
Wrote a classic book on the Hindu Succession Law


A correspondent writes:-

RAI BAHADUR RAJKUMAR SARVADHIKARI quietly passed away at Benares on the morning of Sunday, the 9th instant. He had long been ill and had gone to Benares to spend his last days there. He will be long remembered as the Secretary of the British Indian Association and Editor of the Hindoo Patriot, from both which positions he had recently retired owing to ill-health.

The late Rai Bahadur Kristodas Pal, who had a very high opinion of his talents and abilities, placed him in charge of the Hindoo Patriot during his fatal illness, ever since which time he was connected with the paper. Before coming to Calcutta the Rai Bahadur was professor of Sanskrit and Law at Canning College, Lucknow, and was intimately connected with the Taluqdars' Association there. He was connected with the late Raja Dakshina Ranjan Mookerji in the work of the settlement and pacification of Oudh, and his treatise on the Oudh Taluqdari Settlement is the standard work on the subject.

He was as successful as a Professor as a publicist and was intimately associated with all the public movements of his day whether at Lucknow or at Calcutta. He was the pioneer author in Bengali of the Constitutional History of England, and his work on the subject which was dedicated to Mr Seton Karr, was a University Text Book for a long time.

He was Tagore Law Lecturer of the Calcutta University, and his work on the Hindoo law of Inheritance is regarded by scholars and lawyers alike as a work of high intrinsic worth and of the greatest value to the profession and the Bench.

He was a Municipal Commissioner, a Fellow of the Calcutta University, and an Honorary Magistrate, and his death, though at the ripe old age of 72, will be mourned by a large circle of friends.

- The Statesman, 100 Years Ago Today 08-July-2011


Sureshwar Sarbadhikari
Founder of the Sarbadhikari family.

Suresh Prasad Sarbadhikari (1866-1921) 27-D
Son of Dr Surya Kumar Sarbadhikari of Bamunpara, Hooghly, Suresh Prasad Sarbadhikari is best remembered for his extraordinary brilliance in Surgery and his contribution to the spread of medical education. After an illustrious academic career - he went through Bowbazar School, Hare School, Presidency College and Central College - he obtained his MD securing the top position. His professor at the Medical College, Dr Mc Leod, was so impressed that he insisted on his going to the UK to sit for the IMS and offered to bear all his expenses. But Sarbadhikari refused because of his mother's disapproval.

After a short stint as professor at Mayo Hospital, he set up an independent practice. Though he had a strong aptitude for practising medicine, he opted for being a surgeon at his mother's insistence. Once, he took up a surgical case which was given up by Dr. Joubart, himself a famous surgeon, and operated on the patient successfully. Dr Joubart wrote about his student's success in a UK journal.

Later, Dr. Sarbadhikari, along with his famous colleagues, Nil Ratan Sarkar, Kali Krishna Bagchi, Amulya Basu and others, founded the College of Surgeons and Physicians of Bengal and was its first Principal. It was subsequently attached to the Albert Victor Hospital. Dr. Sarbadhikari also founded the Bengal Ambulance Corps (1915) which served in WW-I. He was a fellow and member of the Calcutta University Senate and Syndicate and was appointed honorary inspector of Medical College on behalf of Calcutta University. He expired on 10 March 1921 at the age of 55 years. More>>

Soorjee Kr. Sarbadhikary, Rai Bahadur, Dr. (1832-1904) 26-B

He was born in the year 1832 at Radhanagar in the district of Hooghly, which was intimately associated with the name of the great harbinger of Indian Renaissance "Raja Ram Mohan Roy"

He studied in the famous Hindu College and Dacca College before he got admitted to the Medical College, Calcutta. He obtained the junior diploma in the year 1853 and G.M.C.B. or the graduation in medicine in the year 1856. Married Hemlata, elder daughter of ----.

He joined government service and travelled to many distant places including Burma. Later he joined the military medical service and was posted in the North Western Province. He was promoted to Brigade Surgeon for his remarkable service there.

A few years later, he left the government service and started his career as a practioner in Calcutta and Shrirampur. He was very kind to the poor and soon became famous for his charity to the poor patients. He had rendered his illustrious service among the famine stricken persons of Orissa and thus could save many poor lives.

Because of his glorious career he was elected a member of the syndicate of the then Calcutta University. He had been honoured as the 'First Dean of the Faculty of Medicine' of the Calcutta University. He had also chaired the glorious post of President of the College of Surgeons and Physicians. With his famous friends like Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and Ram Tanu Lahiri he kept himself always busy working for the students.

He was one of the founder members of two legendary institutions which played great role at the time of our national movements for freedom. They were 'Bangiya Sahitya Parishad' and 'Indian Association for Cultivation of Science'.

He was also very much interested in the literary works and served as one of the Editors of the Bengali Magazines 'Sammya' and 'Bharat Basi'.

He died in the year 1904 at Madhupur, Bihar where a rest house had been erected in the memory of this illustrious medical man of India.

Author's Name: Dr. Dipak R. Sarbadhikari
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