Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya
BornAsoke Kumar Bhattacharyya
(1919-02-01)1 February 1919
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died11 June 2016(2016-06-11) (aged 97)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
OccupationArchaeologist, Museologist, Art Historian
Alma materCalcutta University
Notable worksA Corpus of Dedicatory Inscriptions from Temples of West Bengal[1]
Notable awardsPadma Shri
SpouseSabita Bhattacharyya[2]

Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (1 February 1919 – 11 June 2016) was an Indian archaeologist, museologist, art historian and professor of Sanskrit. He was the Director of the Indian Museum, Kolkata for a decade till his retirement.[3][4] The Indian government awarded him Padma Shri in April 2017 posthumously.

Bhattacharyya has to his credit 29 published books[5] on various aspects of art, archaeology, epigraphy and numismatics and hundreds of research articles in journals across the world. In 2012, he was awarded the Acharya Hemchandra Suri Samman Puraskar, New Delhi for his outstanding contribution to Jaina iconography.[6]


Bhattacharyya was born in north Calcutta, to professor Harimohan Bhattacharyya on 1 February 1919. He studied in South Suburban School, Scottish Church College, completed him Master of Arts in Sanskrit from Calcutta University in 1941 with major in Epigraphy and iconography. He completed his Master of Arts in Arabic-Persian History in 1952. He was a gold medalist in both of his master's degrees. Meanwhile, he was honoured with Kabitirtha and Purantirtha. He completed Law in 1944. He received the Premchand Roychand Scholarship in 1949. He joined the Indian Museum as assistant curator in 1949. Later on from 1965 to 1975 he was the Director of the Indian Museum till retirement.[7]

He died on 11 June 2016 at his residence in Lake Gardens, Kolkata.[citation needed]


His books include:[8]


  1. ^ Bhattacharyya, A. K. (Asoke Kumar) 1919- WorldCat Identities
  2. ^ Chakraborty, Amalendu (2017). "Progeny of Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya". Indian Culture – Multifacet Research – Commemoration Volume in Honour of Professor A. K. Bhattacharyya. Bharatiya Kala Prakashan: Kolkata. p. xvii. ISBN 978-8180903175.
  3. ^ Bhattacharyya, Asoke Kumar (8 February 1968). "Chambā rumāl". Indian Museum – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Bhattacharyya, Asoke Kumar (8 February 1995). A Pageant of Indian Culture: Art and Archaeology. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 9788170172734 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ " A. K. Bhattacharyya: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle".
  6. ^ "Dkagencies". Dkagencies.
  7. ^ রায়, মনোলীনা ভট্টাচার্য (3 February 2019). "ভারতীয় শিল্প সীমান্তহীন, বিশ্বাস করতেন বাবা". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  8. ^ Bhattacharyya, A. K. (Asoke Kumar) 1919- WorldCat Identities