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Dr. B. N. Sharga

Dr. Baikunth Nath Sharga

Dr. Baikunth Nath Sharga was born on 21st December, 1938. He had his early education from Parker Inter College, Moradabad and college education from Govt. Jubilee Inter College and Shia Degree College, Lucknow. He passed B.Sc in 1959. Later, he did his M.Sc (1962) and Ph.D (1967) in Chemistry from Lucknow University. He taught Chemistry at his alma mater, Shia Degree College (1967-1994). As a Reader in Chemistry, he taught at Shia Post Graduate College (1994-1999).

Theatre

Dr. Sharga has also been involved in the theatre movement. He has so far produced over 400 plays, which have been shown in different parts of the nation. Since 1965, Dr. Sharga has been involved in different roles in the theatre – actor, director, producer, etc. The themes of his plays have been varied –social, mythological, comedies, etc. Dr. Sharga is an institution builder. More than 100 new artistes had begun their career in Sharga’s plays. Some of these artistes are now working in films, TV serials. Dr. Sharga has remained President, Panchsheel Kala Mandir (1970-73), President, Sanket Theatre Group (1973--), Vice-president Avadh Cultural Club (1976-1980), Member Lucknow Film Association.

Dr. Sharga is a prolific writer having published over 400 articles in different periodicals. Besides over 4000 ‘Letters to the Editor’ to his credit. American Biographical Institute, North Carolina, selected him for the ‘Man of the Year’ award in 1998. Dr. Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru Memorial trust, Allahabad, honoured him with a Silver plaque and a citation in 2004. Besides this Dr. Sharga has remained General Secretary, Yuvak Bharti (1973-76), Vice-president, World Association of World’s Federalists (1970-73), General Secretary, Lucknow University Associated Colleges Teachers’ Association (LUACTA) 1973-76.

As a proud Kashmiri Pandit Dr. Sharga has been taking keen interest in the welfare of the community. He has remained President, Lucknow Kashmiri Association (1996-99) and senior vice –president, AIKS (1997-2000). His role during the past 15 years and more towards the displaced Pandit community has remained unique, identifying totally with the exiled community.

Dr. Sharga’s magnum opus “Kashmiri Panditon Ke Anmol Ratna”, six volumes of which already stand published, has assured a place for him in History. Kashmiri Pandit community (whether old Kashmiri families or ‘Taza Koshur’ newly migrated families from the Valley) have remained indifferent to the task of preserving their history-achievements or saga of continued persecution.

This pains a sensitive man like Dr. B N Sharga. He undertook the challenging task of recording and preserving the history of families, which have brought pride to India. In this effort some of the families remained indifferent while some others cooperated to an extent. His effort has been a solo endeavour. He has been spending his meager savings in accessing material and publishing his research work. At times many make fun of his work. But that is the way how all great people in history have managed to do great things.

Dr. Sharga’s work and scholarship has made him immortal. He has worked out his own methodology to reach out to the families for recording their family history. At times, he has to face embarrassing questions.

Next time when Dr. Sharga asks for your ‘Vanshavali’ (genealogy) don’t hesitate to co-operate with him because he is the living Kalhan of our times. He preserves your history for posterity. We wish him good luck and a long healthy life.

Books

Kashmiri Panditon Ke Anmol Ratna - Vol. 5Kashmiri Panditon Ke Anmol Ratna - Vol. V
Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Kashmiri Panditon Ke Anmol Ratna - Vol. 6
Kashmiri Panditon Ke Anmol Ratna - Vol. VI
Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Sharga Park
Sharga Park

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Hindi Documents

Bishen Narayan Dar

Baikunth Nath Sharma

Document 1

Document 2

Document 3

Document 4

Document 5

Sharga Purana

Oudh ke Wasikedar

Laxman ki Nagri - Lucknow

 

Miscellaneous  Documents

Pt Bansi Dhar Nehru

Shargapuran

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