Dwijendranath Maitra

Male, Deceased Person

1878 – 1950


Who was Dwijendranath Maitra?

Dwijendranath Maitra was son of Lokenath Maitra, who hailed from Rajshahi, now in Bangladesh. Lokenath Maitra had married Jagattarini in an inter-caste widow remarriage, a daring task in those days.

In 1902, he stood first in the M.B. examination from Medical College and was the first Indian to be appointed house surgeon in Mayo Hospital. In 1912, he went to England and America to get himself acquainted with the latest developments in medicine and surgery. There he met Rabindranath Tagore. He discussed about the poet with others.

Without mentioning his name, W. B. Yeats starts the introduction to the Gitanjali as follows:

He travelled to the USA with Rabindranath Tagore.

He was a member of Sukumar Ray's Monday Club, which had such noted personalities as Satyendranath Dutta, Suniti Kumar Chaterjee, Atul Prasad Sen, Kalidas Nag, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis and Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay as members.

In 1915, he established the Bengal Social Service League. It was initially named Bangiya Hitasadhan Mandali. Possibly the oldest secular social welfare organisation, Rabindranath Tagore was president of this organisation for many years. Jnananjan Niyogi served as its secretary. Amongst others involved in it was Nishi Kanta Bose, a renowned social worker.

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