Subhajit Makhal: This National Sports Day let us remember Bishnu Charan Ghosh a bodybuilder and an expert in Hatha yoga during the 1930’s era. National Sports Day is celebrated every year in our country on 29th August. While there are influx of new sports men and sportswomen in our country every year. Lest not forget our past sports personalities and their remarkable contributions. Bishnu Charan Ghosh was an Indian bodybuilder and Hathayogi. He was born in Lahore that time part of undivided India on 24th June 1903. He is the brother of Paramahansa Yogananda who pioneered the cause of Yoga in West. At the age of 23 Bishnu Charan Ghosh opened the college of Physical Education in Calcutta .
At University of Calcutta he taught physical education. He taught physical education solely focused on Indian food, exercises patterns and training. In 1930 he published a book named Muscle Control. He even went to USA and taught at New York’s Columbia University. Legendary Indian Bengali bodybuilder Monotosh Roy(the first Indian) who won Mr Universe in 1951 was a student of Bishnu Charan Ghosh.Bishnu Charan Ghosh along with K.C Sen Gupta wrote Muscle Control and Barbell Exercise . Yogananda introduced Bishnu Charan Ghosh to yoga at his Ranchi School for Boys in Bengal, where he was one of the first seven pupils.”Ghosh Yoga” is a set of values and traditions passed down from Bishnu Charan Ghosh. It shares a lot of history and values with other yoga systems, since most yoga traces its roots back to early texts and philosophies. Therefore Bishnu Charan Ghosh laid the foundation of Bodybuilding and Yoga for next generations to come.. He died on 9th July 1970 in Kolkata.