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My Great Grand Father Sri Kirti Chandra Singha

The establishment of a High School for boys in Kailasheher, Tripura has its history related to a family. Suroshree Sinha reveals.



Sri Kirti Chandra Singha, a resident of Ichappur, Kailasheher was a lawyer during the regime of Radha Kishore Manikkaya Bahadur. He had an intense urge in him to provide proper education to the Bishnupriya Manipuri boys . So, he approached the Maharaja and requested him to open a High School for Boys in Kailasheher.

The Maharaja after hearing his plea, asked Kirti Babu in a ridiculed tone if he wanted the school to provide schooling to his sons. But in return Kirti Babu bowed and replied that he had no sons till date. But since Maharaja uttered the word "son"; Kirti Babu said that he was sure that he would be blessed with a son. Hearing this, the Maharaja got so impressed with the thought that a man who did not have any sons was fighting for a boys school. Thus the boys school was established in Kailasheher. The Maharaja also wished that Kirti Babu be blessed with a son.

Interestingly, after the school was opened Kirti Babu was blessed with two sons - Sri Nilkanta Sinha and Sri Amar Sinha after four daughters. Sri Nilkanta Sinha became the Director Manpower Planning, Govt of Tripura and Sri Amar Sinha the Additional Chief Secretary, Tripura goverment.

There was a song written after Kirti Babu, his friends and associates : "Kirti Babu e, Tanu Babu e..Diyogoi Phiral haan...naugo....tartariya..." which was voiced and sung by famous Gokul Kirtani.

He later became renowned as "Kirti ukil".

Thus this is a brief story of Sri Kirti Chandra Sinha, his contribution to the field of education and to the upliftment of the society as a whole. I thought this would be just a way to pay homage to a great person who incidentally was my Great Grand Father. I am the Grand Daughter of his first son Sri Nilkanta Sinha.

Comments

  1. Thank you Rishikesh,

    you editted the story very well.

    made my father was really emotional when he saw and read it,

    Regards,

    Suroshree

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  2. Hi Suroshree

    grt to know about ur great grand father...ur perticipation in the blog would definitely add significant value to it.

    Pl keep posting.

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  3. Thank you BN,

    Would definitely try to come up with information and things that I can and try posting it.

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  4. HI Surosree,

    Thanks for such a nice post and to let us know about another great personality of our community..Welcome to the blog and looking forward for more posts from ur end....pls do keep posting

    Regards....Ranita

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  6. Hi Suroshree,

    gr8. i am keen to read about another gr8 personality of our community.

    Pls keep posting.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Jyotirmoy

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  7. kirti babu was a pioneer in drama in tripura. he had organised the first professional theatre group in tripura in the first decade of the 20th century.for twenty years this theatre group dominated the scene in tripura and bengali speaking areas nearby. he was a pioneer in democratic movement in the independant regal state of tripura, being one of the founder members of janamangal samiti.we are a historically forgetful nation.his name is never mentioned in any history book in tripura except those written by outsiders without any vested interest. it is time our nexgen is told about our ancestors. god bless BM.
    DR ASHOK SINHA AGARTALA

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  8. Dear Suroshree Githanok,
    Mi pakoriya yampara harou oilu. Ami nanan lerike baro che-t githanokor buraba kirti babu baro baba-kakar bareu hunisi, aji pakoriya arakou kalak peluilang.
    If you have any picture and biography, please let me know, and I would like to publish in Wikipedia, and other Bishnupriya Manipuri Website. Well Done. Thanks again.
    Uttam Singha, NY

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