Ten amazing facts about Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay



  1. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was born in Mangalore on 3 April 1903 to Ananthaya Dhareshwar and Girijamma in a Saraswat family.
  2. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, whose father was the district collector of Mangalore, is a freedom fighter, actor, social activist, art enthusiast, politician and free-thinking feminist.
  3. In 1917, 14-year-old Kamaladevi was married off but her husband died within a year of the marriage, leaving her a widow.
  4. In 1930, Kamaladevi participated enthusiastically in Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha movement. She got the nation’s attention when she clung to Indian flag tenaciously to protect it from the British troops during a shuffle.
  5. In 1936, Kamaladevi became president of the Congress Socialist Party, which had leaders like Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Minoo Masani.
  6. In 1939, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay travelled to Denmark to attend a conference about women’s rights and was in England when World War II broke out.
  7. Kamaladevi wrote some 20 odd books, many of which drew from her personal experiences during visits to foreign countries.
  8. She set up the National School of Drama in Delhi, and later headed the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
  9. The government of India honoured her with the Padma Bhushan in 1955 and later, in 1987, with the Padma Vibhushan.

    She breathed her last on 29 October 1988.

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