Biren Kumar Basak (born 16 May 1951) is an Indian handloom weaver[1][2] from the Nadia district.[3][4] He is the recipient of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.[5]


Basak worked as a weaver at the age of 13 in Phulia. His family migrated to West Bengal from Tangail after the partition.[6] Since 1970s, Basak weaves handloom sarees and used to sell it going door-to-door in Kolkata. He started his business with one Rs. In 2013 he received the National Award for craftsmanship. Some of his notable clients are Satyajit Ray, Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, Mamata Banerjee, Sourav Ganguly, Amjad Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.[5]


  1. ^ "ढाई रुपये दिहाड़ी पर काम करने वाला आज है करोड़ों की कंपनी का मालिक". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). 2018-07-09. Archived from the original on 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  2. ^ "कभी गलियों में साड़ी बेचने पर मिलते थे 2.50 रुपये, अब करोड़पति बने बिरेन कुमार". Hindustan (in Hindi). 2018-07-16. Archived from the original on 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  3. ^ "It is a proud moment for India's creative workers: Bengal weaver Biren Kumar Basak on Padma Shri honour | Kolkata News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "PM thanks People Padma Awardee Biren Kumar Basak for his gift | DD News". Retrieved 2022-01-27.
  5. ^ a b "Meet Biren Kumar Basak, from selling sarees to winning Padma Shri". Hindustan Times. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  6. ^ "'Ache din for entire Jamdani community', says weaver who gifted sari to PM Modi at Padma Awards". The Indian Express. 2021-11-13. Retrieved 2022-01-27.