Sankari Prasad Basu

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Sankari Prasad Basu
Born (1928-10-21) 21 October 1928 (age 95)
Howrah, West Bengal, India
Died6 July 2014(2014-07-06) (aged 85)
Occupation(s)Professor (retired), writer
Known forVivekananda o Samakalin Bharatbarsha

Sankari Prasad Basu (21 October 1928 – 6 July 2014, also credited as Sankariprasad Basu) was an Indian scholar, writer and critic who writes mainly in the Bengali language. He is a researcher on Swami Vivekananda and his books on the subject include Sahashya Vivekananda and Bandhu Vivekananda.[2] One of his notable publications is his seven-volume research work Vivekananda o Samakalin Bharatbarsha, for which he won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978.[3][4]


Basu was born on 21 October 1928 in Howrah, West Bengal. He was a student at the Howrah Vivekananda Institution.[5] He received an M.A. degree from Calcutta University, and later became a professor of Bengali literature there. He was appointed the head of the department in 1985, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1993.[3]

He has been associated with the Swami Vivekananda Archives of the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in Kolkata from its founding in 1995 to the present day, and has served as director of the Archives.[3][6] He died on 6 July at the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan.

Literary career

Basu had written 48 publications by 1999. Many of his printed works have been in Bengali, including biographies, essays, and criticism: Vivekananda o Samakalin Bharatbarsha (seven volumes), Sahasya Vivekananda, Nivedita Lokmata (four volumes), Samakalin Bharate Subhaschandra, Madhya Yuger kabi o Kabya, Chandidas o Bidyapati, Amader Nivedita, Krishna anad Rasasagar Vidyasagar. His English language books have included Comparative Religion and Swadeshi Movement in Bengal and Freedom Struggle of India, and he was the chief editor of the book Letters of Sister Nivedita. He has also penned books on cricket.[3] Basu's seven-volume Vivekananda o Samakalin Bhartbarsha is considered a monumental work, for which he was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 by the Government of India.[7]


Color key
  Light green indicates "Bengali language book";   pink indicates "English language book"
Subject/Topic Book Publisher ISBN
Swami Vivekananda
Vivekananda o Samakalin Bharatbarsha (seven volumes) Mandal Book House
Bandhu Vivekananda Ananda Publishers ISBN 8172159447
Sahasya Vivekananda Nababharat Publishers
Swami Vivekananda Natun Tathya Natun Alo Ananda Publishers
Vivekananda in Indian newspapers, 1893–1902 Bookland
Co-authored by Sunilabihari Ghosha
Sister Nivedita
Amader Nivedita Ananda Publishers ISBN 8170668247
Nivedita Lokmata (four volumes) Ananda Publishers ISBN 8172150385
ISBN 8170660319
Letters of Sister Nivedita (editor) Nababharat Publishers
History of poetry Madhya Juger Kobi O kabya General Printers & Publishers
Krishna Krishna Ananda Publishers ISBN 8170668255
Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi Ramkrishna Sarada Jiban O Prasanga Ananda Publishers ISBN 8172150342
History of Bengali poetry Chandidas o Bidyapati
Study of religion Comparative religion Rmic ISBN 8187332522
Indian Independence Movement Swadeshi Movement in Bengal and Freedom Struggle of India Papyrus Publishing House ISBN 8181750993
Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose Economic & Political Ideas: Vivekananda, Gandhi, Subhas Bose Sterling ISBN 8120722590
Bharatchandra Ray Kabi Bhāratacandra Mandala Buka Hausa
Cricket Bala paṛe byāṭa naṛe
Krikeṭa, sundara krikeṭa Karuna Prakasani
Naṭa āuṭa


Basu has received the following awards and honours in his academic and literary career:[3]

  • Sahitya Akademi Award for Bengali language in 1978
  • Ananda Puraskar in 1979
  • Sarat Puraskar in 1980
  • Vivekananda Award in 1986
  • Vivekananda Soc. Centennial Award, New York in 1994
  • Vidyasagar Puraskar by Government of West Bengal in 1996



  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Belur Math pilgrimage" (PDF). Belur Math. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Dutt 1999, p. 121
  4. ^ "Sahitya Academy Awards (awarded to Bengali writers)". CalcuttaWeb. Archived from the original on 19 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Golden moments" (PDF). Howrah Vivekananda Institution. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Vivekananda Archive". Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  7. ^ Mukherjee 2011, p. ix

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