Nisith Ranjan Ray
Known forIndian history
AwardsPadma Shri

Nisith Ranjan Ray (born 1910–1994)[1] was an Indian historian, social activist and the founder of the Society for Preservation, Calcutta, an organisation working for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Kolkata.[2]

Born in Mymensingh District of the present-day Bangladesh in 1910, Ray taught History at Calcutta University before joining the Victoria Memorial Hall in 1971 as its secretary and curator.[2][3] He was one of the founder members of the Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, the apex body for Bengali language in West Bengal and the director of the Institute of Historical Studies, Kolkata.[2] He was the author of several books on history,[4] including Bengal: Yesterday and Today,[5] Calcutta: the Profile of a City,[6] India and Her People: Bengal,[7] A History of India[8] and Concise history of the Indian National Congress, 1885-1947[9]

The Government of India awarded him its fourth-highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri, in 1992.[10] A year of celebrations for the centenary of his birth was opened in November 2009 by the historians P. T. Nair and Amalendu De.[3]

Selected bibliography

See also


  1. ^ "কলকাতার কড়চা: হাওড়া ব্রিজের ৭৫ বছর". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Access to history". The Telegraph. 14 November 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The man who made the heritage tag". The Telegraph. 16 November 2009. Archived from the original on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Ray, Nisith Ranjan". WorldCat. 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. ^ Ray Nisith; Roy Ranjit (1998). Bengal: Yesterday and Today. Papyrus Publishing House. p. 132. ISBN 978-8171750092.
  6. ^ Nisith Ranjan Ray (1986). Calcutta: the Profile of a City. K. P. Bagchi & Co. ASIN B016TVSWQM.
  7. ^ Nisith R. Ray (1979). India and Her People: Bengal. Sangam Books. p. 118. ISBN 978-0861311101.
  8. ^ Narendra Krishna Sinha; Nisith Ranjan Ray (1973). A history of India. Orient Longman. p. 613.
  9. ^ Nisith Ranjan Ray; Ravindrer Kumar; Manmath Nath Das (1985). Concise history of the Indian National Congress, 1885-1947. Vikas Publishing House. p. 322. ISBN 9780706930207.
  10. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.