Published:  01:32 AM, 27 September 2018

Kamini Roy

Kamini Roy

Kamini Roy was a leading Bengali poet, social worker and feminist in British India. She was the first woman honors graduate in British India. Born on 12 October 1864 in the village of Basanda, then in Bakergunj district of Bengal Presidency and now in Barisal District of Bangladesh, she joined Bethune School in 1883.

One of the first girls to attend school in British India, she earned a bachelor of arts degree with Sanskrit honors from Bethune College of the University of Calcutta in 1886 and started teaching there in the same year. She was influenced by the poet Rabindranath Tagore and Sanskrit literature.

Calcutta University honored her with the Jagattarini Gold Medal. In her later life, she lived at Hazaribagh for some years. In that small town, she often had discussions on literary and other topics with such scholars as Mahesh Chandra Ghoshand Dhirendranath Choudhury. She died on 27 September 1933.

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