The Brahma Family - Beginnings

Narrated by Rana Uploaded on 13-08-2017

I learnt from Didu ( Smt. Sudhanshu Bala Brahma)  that the “Brahma Family” tree started with Sri Nilmoni Brahma, an affluent zamindar in the Orissa part of the then undivided province of Bengal, which included Orissa,Bihar and Bengal. Unfortunately Sri Nilmoni Brahma did not have any children of his own. In order to further his family tree, he legally adopted one of his maternal uncle’s children – Ananda. Sri Nilmoni Brahma’s maternal uncle was Sri Golok Bose of Orissa, a zamindar with such a large land holding that he was called a raja. In other words, our original title is Bose. Sri Nilmoni Brahma settled in Cuttack. Ananda Brahma was bought up in seclusion from the Bose family, lest he came to know the truth.

In due course of time Ananda Brahma built “Ananda Kutir”, our Cuttack house and also, inevitably, he found out the truth of his origin. He was so upset that he never maintained any contact with the Bose family. He did not even let his son, Jnanendra, visit them in spite of several requests from the Bose family. The other reason for this over protective attitude was the fear that Jnanendra, the only son, could be killed by the warisan of the Bose zamindari. This pushed Jnanendra into the Civil Services and he travelled all over the undivided province of the Bengal. Ananda Brahma lost his wife at a very early age. Didu used to say that her father-in-law used to comb her hair etc just like a mother-in-law would. Didu was married at a very tender age.

At some point in time, we learn from Didu, the last surviving waris of the Bose family called our Dadu, Sri Jnanendra Chandra Brahma, from his death bed in order to hand over the zamindari to him. Dadu is learnt to have politely refused by saying what his father had never acknowledged this link, and thus the zamindari could not be accepted by him. So ended the Bose family tree. We don’t have any further information on them.

Dadu retired as the District Magistrate of Muzaffarpur, a town approx 70 km north of Patna, Bihar. Most of the children were then studying in Patna. This led to the building of the Patna House.

The rest as they say is history, known to all of us…