Bharatchandra Ray (Bengali: ভারতচন্দ্র রায়) was an 18th century Bengali and Sanskrit poet and song composer. He is mostly known for his poetic work, Annadamangal or Annapurnamangal. He is often referred to simply as Bharatchandra.

Early Years

Bharatchandra was born to Narendranarayan Ray and Bhavani Devi in Pedo-Bhurshut village (in the presnt-day Howrah district). He had to leave his ancestral home because of property disputes and marriage of his own choice. He roamed from place to place. While living in Ramchandra Munshi's house at Debanandapur in the present-day Hooghly district, he learned Persian and Sanskrit.

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