Remembering Birendra Krishna Bhadra…


The auspicious day of Mahalaya starts with his voice. He embarks the setting in of ‘Debi-pakkha’ in the hearts of all Bengalees. His voice is as stout as the rock solid pillar, his diction is as clear as the transparent of glasses, his elocuting ability creates goosebumps in the flesh of all passionate human beings. The greatest festival of the Bengalees, it will not be right to tag it with bengalees only as Durga Puja now is a cosmopolitan festival, gets flagged off with his immortal ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ on the dawn of Mahalaya. We are talking about none other than Birendra Krishna Bhadra as August 4 marks of his birth date, way back in 1905. The year marks a historic reference with the significance of the Partition of Bengal under Lord Curzon.

 Birendra babu was an Indian broadcaster, playwright, actor, reciter and theatre director who also worked with the likes of Pankaj Mallick and Kazi Nazrul Islam. He worked for the All India Radio, India's National Radio broadcaster for several years during its early, starting 1930s, and during this period he produced and adapted several plays like 'Black Out' and 'Saat Tulsi'

His collection and the recitation of shlokas in Sanskrit which is known as  Mahishashura Mardini (Annihilation of Mahisasura) (1931) ranks him as an immortal personality in the human hearts. Every year,  All India Radio Calcutta (now Kolkata) at 4:00 am, in the dawn of Mahalaya air the famous Mahisashura Mardini by him. He also acted and directed several plays in Bengali theatre and even wrote screenplay for film, Nishiddha Phal (1955).