A Brief History Of The Chaudhuri’s Of Amadpur

The Village of Amadpur, Railway station Memari, District Burdwan, is really not very different from any other in rural Bengal. Ponds both large and small, palms – both coconut and date, mango groves ,paddy fields. Typical bucolic Bengal situated about 90 kms from Kolkata, it is now a convenient and smooth drive of about 1.30 to 1.45 hours from the metropolis, courtesy the Durgapur Expressway. There are off course local trains at regular and frequent intervals. One hops on at Howrah and hops off at Memari which is on the main line. Thereafter a 4 kms rickshaw or toto ride and into Amadpur.

The Amadpur High School ( School Bari as it is popularly known) which was founded & established by a well known scion of the Chaudhuri family, Shri Mohes Chandra Chaudhuri, dates back to the middle / late 19th century boasts of the distinction of having been inaugurated by scholar, social reformer, Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was a close friend of the founder.

From here the road passes the baton over to a kutcha country path before proceeding on its way to the Chaudhuri Bari and the rest of the Village. One passes clumps of waving bamboo and hoary terracotta temples dreaming of bygone days over the placid waters of the ponds. Then, bang ahead is the living temple of Radha Madhavji, the presiding and residing deity of the Village.

Turn right and you are in what is virtually the heritage zone of the village, Babu der Para, The abode of the Chaudhuri, Erstwhile Babus and Zamindars of Amadpur and the neighbouring few hundred villages, still immensely respected, loved and looked up to by the villagers – the abolishment of the Zamindary system over the last almost 60 decades not withstanding.

The Chaudhuris or Sen Sharmas originally belonged to Trihotto or Tehatta Village of Royal Bengal. Sections of the family migrated to the Kingdom of Gour.

The Phylogenetic can be traced as far back as Shri Sribatsa Sen Sharma ( Late 11th Century or early 12th century) of ‘Shaktrigotro’, grandfather of Shri Dhoyi or Duhi Sen Sharma (His father was PundarikSen), one of the court poets of Raja Laxman Sen of the Gour Dynasty. Dhoyi was born in the Shaktrigotra Sen Vaidya-Brahmin clan. His colleague and court poet was Kavi Jaidev Misra of ‘GeetGovinda Fame’. DhoyiSen himself was famous for his poem “PawanDoota” or wind Messenger for which composition he was honoured with the Title ”Kavikshmapati" ,"Chakravarti" and “PanditRatna” by the Raja Dohi Sen Sharma had three sons, Kashi, Kushali and Ugro Sen Sharma.