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The Asiatic Society


"Discovering Asia"

The city of Kolkata boasts of many important cultural and social organizations, Asiatic Society being one of them. In 1784, in an official meeting, Sir Robert Chambers, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court passed an order to establish an institute to further the cause of Oriental research, and thus 'Asiatik Society' came into existence. Over the years, the name was changed several times: 'The Asiatic Society of Bengal', 'The Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal' were some of the past names. A point to be noted here is that the changes in name were incorporated without any formal resolution. Earlier, membership was only restricted to Europeans; however, HH Wilson introduced Indians like Sivchandra Das, Maharaja Baidyanath Roy, Maharaja Bunwari Govind Roy and others. The Society has undertaken in-depth research across diverse fields like Botany,Chemistry, Geography, Ethnology and Zoology. Till date, the enormity of the research activities and the dedication of the members amazes one and all. Currently, located at Park Street, it has a library and a museum, that has an exclusive collection of coins, edifices, manuscripts and rare books. For all those who are intrigued and interested in gaining deep knowledge about the efforts and endeavors of this institution, do visit the Asiatic Society.
1 Park Street, Kolkata, India, 700016
"Discovering Asia"
The city of Kolkata boasts of many important cultural and social organizations, Asiatic Society being one of them. In 1784, in an official meeting, Sir Robert Chambers, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court passed an order to establish an institute to further the cause of Oriental research, and thus 'Asiatik Society' came into existence. Over the years, the name was changed several times: 'The Asiatic Society of Bengal', 'The Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal' were some of the past names. A point to be noted here is that the changes in name were incorporated without any formal resolution. Earlier, membership was only restricted to Europeans; however, HH Wilson introduced Indians like Sivchandra Das, Maharaja Baidyanath Roy, Maharaja Bunwari Govind Roy and others. The Society has undertaken in-depth research across diverse fields like Botany,Chemistry, Geography, Ethnology and Zoology. Till date, the enormity of the research activities and the dedication of the members amazes one and all. Currently, located at Park Street, it has a library and a museum, that has an exclusive collection of coins, edifices, manuscripts and rare books. For all those who are intrigued and interested in gaining deep knowledge about the efforts and endeavors of this institution, do visit the Asiatic Society.
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