K C Das Private Limited

Kolkata, West Bengal
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K C Das Private Limited

Nobin Chandra left his legacy to his worthy son Krishna Chandra Das (1869-1934). A chip off the old block, Krishna Chandra enlarged his inheritance of his father?s genius in the art of Bengali sweetmeats. What is more, he implanted in his family a spirit of exploration that keeps on seeking new vistas outside the beaten track. It is owing to the pioneering efforts of the Das family that today the Rossogolla may be fairly regarded as the national sweet of India. Besides being privileged to have a great father, Krishna Chandra inherited a legacy of inspiration from his mother?s family. His mother Kshirodmoni, was the granddaughter of Bholanath Dey, better known as Bholamoira in the history of nineteenth century Bengal. Bholamoira holds a place in Bengali folklore and culture, not just as a professional confectioner but as a legendary poet-minstrel. Krishna Chandra was married to Swetangini Devi who was known to be a great beauty. They had five sons and one daughter. In 1930, Krishna Chandra started his first shop, ?Krishna Chandra Das Confectioner? with his youngest son Sarada Charan. Sarada Charan Das had started his career as the research assistant under the eminent scientist, Nobel Laureate Dr. C.V. Raman between 1926 and 1930. Krishna Chandra also created the ?Rossomalai?, another perennial favourite. To popularize the ?Rossomalai?, Krishna Chandra opened a new sweet shop at Jorasanko in 1930. From there he also introduced the canned Rossogolla, which was the first and only canned dessert manufactured in the country at that time. Unfortunately, Krishna Chandra died within four years of the opening. He left the reins in the able hands of his son and successor, Sarada Charan (1906-1992). In 1946, K. C. Das was incorporated as a private limited company under the Companies Act, with Sarada Charan as its founder Governing Director. Today there is immense scope for the Indian dairy industry to exploit the market for indigenous dairy-based sweetmeats (e.g. channa and khoa based sweets) using new technologies for mass production. Fully aware of this, K.C.Das (P) Ltd. has long been involved in introducing mechanical production of high quality indigenous sweets. Their products have carved for them a valuable niche among sweet-lovers across the globe. The cottage technology of Nobin Chandras 1866 shop has morphed into an industry today through the development and growth of K.C.Das Private Ltd. and with the introduction of modern methods of production. The products have carved a valuable niche among the sweet-lovers across the globe. Despite hurdles, the K.C.Das organization has been untiring in its drive for newer, more scientific and hygienic methods of production and packaging. The steam-based, environment friendly production technology, entirely designed by Sarada Charan, operates in all the factories of the company. It is this technology that has enabled the company to meet and even surpass all national standards and equal the standards of international trades in such foods. On the occasion of Sarada Charans birth centenary and the Platinum Jubliee of the K.C.Das name, the company is pledged to continue its fourfold vision. First and foremost, it will go on broadening the consumers awareness of traditional sweets and savouries of India. It will standardize the ingredient mix of indigenous sweetmeats and snack foods upgrading and automating the production. It will control quality at every stage, from raw-material procurement to the packaging of the product, significantly increasing the shelf-life of indigenous sweets and savouries produced by mechanised processes. Finally, it will establish worldwide a reputation and a vibrant market for Indian sweets and snack food. The company thus continuously strives to meet not just domestic demand for sweets but also the responsibilities that

Factsheet

Basic Information
Nature of Business
Exporter
Additional Business
  • Manufacturer
  • Supplier
Company CEO
Krishna Chandra
Total Number of Employees
101 to 500 People
Year of Establishment
1930
Legal Status of Firm
Private Limited Company
Statutory Profile
CIN No.
U15433WB1946PTC013592

History

It was the best of times for Bengal in the second half of the nineteenth century, and the height of the golden age of Bengal’s resurgence. From fine arts to commerce, from culture to industry, from literature to science, in all things there was a glorious flowering of exuberant excellence. The spirit of this era touched the world of confectionery too. In the 1860s, the man who chose this area to engage his genius was Nobin Chandra Das (1845-1925).

It was a humble beginning. In a tiny, obscure corner of Bagbazar in North Kolkata, Nobin Chandra set up a sweet shop in 1866, but the last thing he wanted was to run a mere sales counter. The passion to create something of his very own haunted him. His ambition was to create a completely original sweet, that would bring new excitement to the Bengali palate. There was in him an intense desire to create a sweetmeat that was never there before... the ultimate delicacy. He toiled for months, armed with imagination, skill and tenacity, and sometime in the year 1868, his labours paid off. He made small balls of casein (cottage cheese) and boiled them in hot sugar syrup. The result was a succulent, spongy sweet with a unique, distinctive taste. Nobin Das christened it the “Rossogolla” and a legend was born.

It was an amazing innovation, carving for Nobin Chandra a place in legend and history where he has been lodged securely since then. Connoisseurs of sweets fondly remember him as “Nobinmoira, the Columbus of Rossogolla” a sobriquet coined half in jest and half in admiration. Highbrow Bengalis, who till then had used the word “moira” or confectioner disparagingly, came to lace it with reverence when linking it with Nobin Chandra’s name. The legendary “Nobinmoira” was born out of and sustained by a deep and abiding love: the love a Bengali has for his sweets.

Nobin Chandra’s ancestors were sugar merchants of considerable social standing. Hailing originally from the district of Burdwan, the Dases had made Kolkata their home for eight generations by now Their house on a horseshoe bend on the river Ganges in Sutanotty (now Bagbazar), was well known even a century ago. Being respectable and prosperous sugar merchants, the family did not take kindly to Nobin Chandra’s decision to be a sweetmeat seller. His family itself disdainfully referred to him as a “moira.” Little did they imagine that history would transform their contempt into lasting adulation. But he put up with the ignominy without protest. Later, Nobin Chandra sought to vindicate his position by referring to the Puranas which first equated sweetmeat makers to the Brahmins in social status and later on to the ‘Kshatriyas' after being enrolled as soldiers under ‘Kartabiryarjun'. He published a booklet in this connection.


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