“ বিপদে মোরে রক্ষা করো এ নহে মোর প্রার্থনা
বিপদে আমি না যেন করি ভয় ”
– রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর
“It is not my prayer that you save me from all perils
I pray that I should not fear when faced with odds”
– Rabindranath Tagore
Pradip Kumar Banerjee (June 23, 1936 – March 20, 2020), the colossus of Indian football, a man of undaunted spirit and courage, resolute determination, untiring energy and dedication, famously known as P. K., was born at Maynaguri, in the Jalpaiguri district of the Bengal Presidency under British India (now in West Bengal, following India’s independence in 1947), to Prabhat Bandopadhyay and Beena (Parimal Bala) Bandopadhyay. His father Prabhat Bandopadhyay actively participated in the Indian struggle for independence, his
Pradip Banerjee completed his elementary education up to class five in
On 12 March, 1963, he married Arati Bandopadhyay (nee Majumder). P.K.
The brilliant glow of this life came to a halt as, following a long period of health complications over the later years, P. K. Banerjee, one of the greatest ambassadors of the game of football, passed away 20th March 2020, after being kept on life-support system from 2nd March, his death, an irreparable loss to India and to international football, created a void that will never be fulfilled.