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La Martiniere (informally known as LMC) is an elite, independent private day school located in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal. It comprises two single-gender boys and girls schools. It was established in 1836 in accordance with the will of the French soldier of fortune and philanthropist, Major General Claude Martin. They are Christian schools, controlled by the Anglican Church of North India and independent from the government, with English as the primary language of instruction.
|La Martinière Calcutta|
11, Loudon Street (Boys)
4, Rawdon Street (Girls) 54
|Motto||Labour et constantia|
(By Labour and Constancy)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Christian (Anglican)|
|Denomination||Church of North India|
|Established||1 March 1836|
|Founder||Major General Claude Martin|
|Sister school||La Martiniere Lucknow|
La Martiniere Lyon
|School board||ICSE (year 10)|
ISC (year 12)
|Session||April to March|
|Chairman||the Rt. Rev. Dr. Paritosh Canning (Bishop of Calcutta)|
Rupkatha Sarkar (Girls)
|Age||2+ to 18+|
|Houses||Hastings (Red), Charnock (Green), Martin (Blue), Macaulay (Yellow)|
|Colour(s)||Black and Amber (Boys)|
Dark and Light Blue (Girls)
|Song||"Hail! Hail! The name we own" by Frederick James Rowe|
|National ranking||1 (Boys)|
|Yearbook||The Chronicle (Boys)|
La Martiniere Calcutta is often ranked among the best day schools in the country, and has produced a distinguished list of alumni in all walks of Indian and British society. It has an annual meet with La Martiniere Lucknow hosted in September, as well as occasional meets with its sister school La Martiniere Lyon in France.
- Jaidip Mukerjea Tennis ('59 batch)
- Mausam Noor Member of Parliament (India) in the Rajya Sabha
- Chhanda Gayen, first Bengali woman to climb Mount Everest
- Leander Paes ('92 batch), tennis: till Class VII only; he transferred thereafter to the Brittania Academy, Madras)
- Sunanda K. Datta-Ray ('54 batch), author, journalist and former editor of The Statesman
- C. K. Birla ('69 batch), Hindustan Motors
- Rajiv Mehrotra ('69 batch), award-winning documentary film maker. iconic 'voice' and television anchor. Managing Trustee, Public Service Broadcasting Trust.
- Jug Suraiya ('62 batch), humourist and journalist
- Pritish Nandy ('63 batch), poet, journalist and film producer.
- Swapan Dasgupta ('71 batch), journalist, political commentator and Member of Parliament.
- Chandan Mitra (Gold Medallist, '71 batch), Ex-Member of Parliament, owner of The Pioneer newspaper; author of Constant Glory, an authorized history of La Martinière.
- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta ('71 batch), journalist, Editor of EPW.
- Prannoy Roy, television broadcaster. (till Class V; he transferred thereafter to Doon School, Dehra Dun)
- Suhel Seth ('82 batch), advertising professional and TV personality.
- Catchick Paul Chater (1864 batch), Father of modern Hong Kong, benefactor to the College (Rupees 1.1 million in the 1910s). Chater was a Foundation Scholar.
- Vijay Mallya ('72 batch, Hastings House Captain), Chairman of the United Breweries (UB) Group and ex Rajya Sabha member
- Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman and CEO, Bengal Ambuja
- Pramod Bhasin ('75 batch), founder and first CEO of Genpact.
- Hemant Kanoria ('80 batch), founder and Chairman of SREI Infrastructure Finance
- John Mason (Good Conduct Medal, '62 batch), educationist. Mason was a Foundation Scholar and later teacher.
- Nirmalya Kumar ('77 batch), business writer, Professor and Director for Aditya V. Birla India Centre at London Business School.
- Ashok Malik ('88 batch), former press secretary to the President of India
- Rajit Gadh, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
- Nafisa Ali, actress/ model, Miss India in 1975, also a National Swimming champion
- Bickram Ghosh ('84 batch), tabla pandit
- Merle Oberon ('29 batch), Hollywood actress
- Kiran Rao ('85 batch, plus 2 only), film producer ("Dhobi Ghat")
- Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo ('61 batch), Union Cabinet minister (Information and Broadcasting) in the 1980s
- Anuvab Pal ('95 batch), comedian, author and scriptwriter
- Ramit Tandon ('11 batch), Asian Games'18 squash bronze medalist
- Tapan Singhel, MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance
- Khokhan Sen ('43 batch), India cricketer with 14 Test caps
- Asma Khan ('87 batch), chef/ restauranteur
- Nikhita Gandhi (2010 batch), Indian playback singer
- Sanjoy Narayan (1978 batch), journalist and editor
- La Martiniere history at Tripod accessed 10 August 2007
- Oudh fish coins at the British Museum accessed 10 August 2007
- "Loreto, La Martiniere among top-10 schools in the country - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
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