Role of Panchanan Barma as an intellectual of North Bengal
Department of History
Mathabhanga,Cooch Behar,West Bengal
Abstract:Panchanan Barma was one of the leading intellectuals of the Colonial North Bengal. He was born at Cooch Behar Princely State in a Rajbanshi Jotedar family, but the main centre of his literary and social activities was Rangpur. Because he was expelled from the Cooch Behar State. He was the first M.A., B.L. of the Rajbanshi community. By profession he was a pleader and he became a familiar face in the intellectual society of Rangpur. He was a founder member of ‘Rangpur Sahitya Parishad’ and he was the editor of ‘Rangpur Sahitya Parishad Patrika’ for 7 years. He attended many literary conferences and his research papers were published in the ‘Rangpur Sahitya Parishad Patrika’. Later on he was engaged himself in the social activities of the ‘Kshatriya Society’ of Rangpur. He was a big thinker, a scholar, essayist and folklore researcher. He also participated in the political activities and he became a Member of Bengal Legislative Assembly. He was a figure of the North Bengal study.
Key Words:Colonial,Education, Intellectual, Jotedar, Kshatriya, Princely State, Rangpur etc.