Sukumar Ray (Bengali: সুকুমার রায়; About this sound Sukumār Rāẏ (help·info)) (30 October 1887 – 10 September 1923) was an Indian Bengali humorous poet,
story writer and playwright who mainly wrote for children. His works such as the collection of poems "Aboltabol" (Bengali: আবোলতাবোল)("Gibberish"),
novella "HaJaBaRaLa" (Bengali: হযবরল), short story collection "Pagla Dashu" (Bengali: পাগলা দাশু; "Crazy Dashu") and play "Chalachittachanchari" (Bengali: চলচিত্তচঞ্চরী) are considered equal in stature to Alice in Wonderland. More than 80 years after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular of children's writers in both West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Sukumar Ray was the son of children's story writer Upendrakishore Ray (Ray Chowdhury), the father of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray and grandfather of
Bengali filmmaker Sandip Ray. Sukumar Ray was also known as the convenor of "Monday Club" (Bengali: মণ্ডা ক্লাব), a weekly gathering of like-minded people at the
Ray residence, where the members were free to express their opinions about the world at large. A number of poems were penned by Sukumar Ray in relation to
the matters concerning "Monday Club", primarily soliciting attendance, announcing important meetings etc.
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