Our history

Ganadarpan was established in the year 1977 and registered under the Societies of Registration act, West Bengal, in the year 1980. The organisation was formed by a number of individuals from the cultural and social work field with the idea of propagating scientific temper and rationalism. From 1985, Ganadarpan along with other activities decided to work in a very specific field, that is to motivate individuals in our society to donate their bodies after death for the promotion of medical science. Since then it has been playing an important role in this area where very little social intervention has taken place. Working entirely on a voluntary basis, a great deal of ground has been covered till date. However, to make it a countrywide issue, needs sustained effort and involvement. Therefore, Ganadarpan feels it to be necessary that its early efforts towards motivating people should continue and with this in mind it plans to take up the work in the coming period.




Ganadarpan, since 1986 ’remembering Prof. J.B.S Haldane. It has commemorated the birth centenary of Prof. Haldane (1991-1992) along with University of Calcutta, Jadavpour, B.I.T.M., I.I.C.B., I.S.I., Bose Institute and number of individuals. Ganadarpan was the convener.


A publication of birth centenary commemorative volume was published. It was in Bengali edited by Dr. Susil Kumar Mukherjee. The article were of and on J.B.S. The volume was sponsored by NCSTC (DST), Govt. of India.


In the year 1985 the movement for Pledging for Donation of Posthumous Body was launched. The year 2010 is the Silver Jubilee of the aforesaid movement, Ganadarpan celebrated the same on November 5, 2010 with the programme of Haldane Memorial Lecture, delivered by Prof. Parthopratim Majumder, Director, National Bio-medical Genomics. A programme to assess the entire period with live interaction was with the participants “Phire Dekha” (Looking Back).


Ganadarpan took part in the movement of Year of Scientific Awareness (2004), International Year of Physics (2005), Year of Planet Earth (2008) and the International Year of Astronomy (2009). It had organized a seminar on it at its premises and declared, along with this the birth centenary of Dr. S.Chandrasekhar, an eminent astro-physicist and also a Nobel laureate (19.10.1910-19.10.2010). Ganadarpan published a commemorative birth centenary volume written by eminent scientists. The volume edited by Dr. Manas Pratim Das.


The concluding ceremony was on November 6, 2010. Prof. Yash Pal delivered the Birth Centenary Lecture of Dr. S.Chandrasekhar and also released the commemorative volume.


Ganadarpan has also published articles in various newspapers and journals. It regularly brings out Mukhapatra Ganadarpan, a monthly Bengali Magazine (Registered with R.N.I) on the theme Scientific Temper and Rationality. It has a programme to publish a newsletter in English. 


Almost all the print media and national newspapers covered the activities of Ganadarpan.


A booklet titled Papers on Proper Utilisation of Donated Bodies has been published (a collection of papers by eminent doctors and scientists ). It has also been published in Bengali. Ganadarpan, has prepared an Audio Cassette in Bengali with the help of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. West Bengal. It has number of other various publications.


Ganadarpan participated in other movements to create awareness on Science and Technology and of scientific temper.


Ganadarpan has organized a number of awareness camps, seminars, meetings and also Jathas in the district of West Bengal. It has also interacted with other parts of Indian audience.


Ganadarpan has worked intensively in the State of West Bengal and extensively in total India. Even Andaman & Niccobar Islands touched.


Ganadarpan has been instrumental in involving the Universities, Indian Medical Association, other voluntary agencies and the Governments of India and West Bengal.


Discussion on the subject with Ganadarpan representatives took place in both the Door Darshan and other Private Channels of TV and Akashvani.


It has also taken up awareness programme in all the students of 20 nos. Primary and Secondary Schools in the downtrodden area of Bidhannagar Municipality in collaboration with I/CF-KUSP (Innovative/Challenge Fund-Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor). The programme will be up to January 2011.


Ganadarpan has campaigned since 1985 for the enactment of the “Human Organ Donation Bill” which has passed by the both house of the Indian Parliament (The Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994). It has also participated in National seminar for the amendment of the said act.


Ganadarpan organizes, a monthly interactive session on various scientific problems on every 4th Saturday at 5 p.m.


Ganadarpan has built up own office premises at 4, D.L.Khan Road, Kolkata-700 025. The space provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the construction cost Proposed Activities provided by the Hon’ble Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Shri Prasanta Chattopadhyay and Shri Manoj Bhattacharya.


Attend ORGAN DONATION CONGRESS 2010 (6th World Organ Donation Day & 1st Indian Organ Donation day), organized by Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi, INDIA, on 27 & 28 November 2010 at Vigyan Bhawan, New DelhiObserved ‘10th January’ the first Dissection Day in India, performed by Pandit Madhusudan Gupta and others at Bengal Medical College, Kolkata, in the year 1836. Ganadarpan observed the day as Anti-Superstition Day-cum-Social Dissection Day on 10th January 2011 at Kolkata in collaboration with Medical College Calcutta. Felicitated Dr. Mahantesh Ramannavar for dissecting his father’s Posthumous body and Sushila B. Ramannavar wife of the deceased inspired her son to create history. Dr. Mahantesh is first in India and second in the World who put scalpel on father’s body after Dr. William Hurvay of London in 17th Century.



"Millmilao Akhra" on 22nd January 2011, Saturday at our office premises ( Corporation School Building, 4 D.L. Khan Road, Kolkata-700 025).

Subject: Twist and Term of the Posthumous Body/Organ and Tissue donation in West Bengal. Subject will be initiated by Brojo Roy.