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Harindranath Agornath Chattopadhyaya Edit Profile

actor , poet

Harindranath Chattopadhyay was an Indian English poet, an actor, and a member of the 1st Lok Sabha from Vijayawada constituency. He is famous for poems like Noon and Shaper Shaped. Harindranath Chattopadhyay often recited his poem Rail Gaadi on All India Radio (Akashavani). The song was memorably sung by Ashok Kumar in the film Aashirwad.


Born to Aghornath Chattopadhyay, a scientist-philosopher, and Barada Sundari Devi, a poetess. He was the younger brother of Sarojini Naidu.


  • His most famous acting role was in the movie Bawarchi (The Chef) which was made in 1972. He enacted as the role of strict and regimented patriarch of the house, where his sons, daughter in laws and grand children lived in a joint family and still respected and abided by his rules.

  • In 1951 Lok Sabha elections Harindranath Chattopadhyay won from Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency in Madras State as an independent candidate, supported by the Communist Party of India. He was the member of the 1st Lok Sabha from April 14, 1952 to April 4, 1957.


  • play

    • Abu Hassan

    • Five Plays

    • Siddhartha, Man of Peace

  • poem

    • The Feast of Youth

    • The Magic Tree

    • Blood of Stones

    • Spring in Winter

    • Virgin and Vineyards


A member of parliament from 1952 till 1957


  • 1st Lok Sabha , India


  • Other Interests

    politics, theatre, cinema


Aghornath Chattopadhyay - India - Philosopher , scientist

Barada Sundari Devi - India - Poetess
Barada Sundari Devi - mother of Harindranath Chattopadhyaya

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay - India - socialist
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay - wife of Harindranath Chattopadhyaya

A socialist and leader of Women, who created the All India Women's Conference, the Indian Cooperative Union and also was the inspiration for the All Indian Handicraft's Board, a body which revived many Indian handicrafts, decimated by the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 19th century.

Ramakrishna Chattopadhyaya - India

Their son Ramakrishna Chattopadhyaya is in Banagalore, India, today.

Neelkanth Chattopadhyaya - India - filmmaker , musitian

Nina Chattopadhyaya - India