Short Biography, Paragraph of “William Schwenck Gilbert” short paragraph for Class 12 and Graduate Classes

William Schwenck Gilbert William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911), British humorist and librettist. A barrister by profession, Gilbert became well known for his humorous verse, collected and published in 1869 as The Bab Ballads. In 1871 he met the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, the first successful result of their collaboration being the comic opera Trial by Jury (1875). Sullivan’s tuneful and light-hearted music provided the perfect match for Gilbert’s witty and satirical...
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Short Biography, Paragraph of “Edward Gibbon” short paragraph for Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon (1737-94) British historian, noted for his formal polished style and rationalist outlook. Gibbon attended Oxford University but proved an undistinguished scholar. At .16 he shocked his family by converting to Catholicism and was sent off to Switzerland, where he reconverted. During this period abroad he began the serious study of history. After his return to England he served for several years in the army and entered...
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Short Biography, Paragraph, Essay on “Lakshmibayamma Unnava” Short Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Lakshmibayamma Unnava Lakshmibayamma Unnava, 1884-1956. social and political’ worker. Born in a midble-class Brahmin family of Guntur, now in Andhra Pradesh, she was married at the age of 13 to the novelist and philosopher, Unnava Lakshminarayana. She was pioneer of widow marriage for which she and her husband had to suffer social boycott and humiliation. She also actively participated in national movements and was arrested a number of times. She...
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Short Biography, Paragraph, Essay on “Khujjuttara” Short Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Khujjuttara Khujjuttara, 560-480 B.C., Buddhist saint. She was named Khujjuttara (`Hunch-backed Uttara’) as she was hunch-backed from her birth. An attendant to Queen Samavati of Kausambi, she was in the habit of stealing half the amount given to her by the queen. She was pardoned when she confessed, and was told to listen to the discourse of Buddha and resneat it to the queen. These discourses, in the form of a...
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Short Biography, Paragraph, Essay on “Mahapajapati Gotami” Short Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Mahapajapati Gotami Mahapajapati Gotami, 560 B.C., foster mother of the buddha. She was one of the wives of King Suddhodana of Kapilvastu. When her elder sister, Maya Devi, died only a few days after the birth of her son, Siddhartha, she took over the care of the child on whom she lavished all her affections, in preference to her own son. She, later, along with 500 women of the Sakya...
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Short Biography, Paragraph, Essay on “Gauribai” Short Essay for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Gauribai Gauribai, 1759. poet-saint of Gujarat. Born at Giripur, in an enlightened and prosperous household, not much is known of her parentage. She was married at the age of only five or six, but became a widow after hardly a week. As widows were not allowed to remarry then. She took a religious life. Raja Sivasimhji was attracted by her piety that he built a temple for her in 1780,...
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Short Biography, Paragraph of “Joseph Chamberlain” short paragraph for Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Joseph Chamberlain Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914), British statesman. Having made his fortune from his Birmingham screw-making business, he was able to retire at 38 and devote himself to politics. As mayor of Birmingham, his radical reforms brought him to national prominence and he became known as the “gas-and-water socialist”. He entered Parliament in 1876 as a Liberal but resigned over the issue of Home Rule for Ireland and subsequently led the...
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Short Biography, Paragraph of “Canaletto” short paragraph for Class 12 and Graduate Classes

Canaletto Canaletto, real name Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768). Italian painter and his precise and highly detailed cityscapes, such as The Basin of San Marco (c. 1730), were inspired by the architecture of Venice. The British consul, Joseph Smith, sent many of his works to Britain and as a result Canaletto was commissioned to paint English country houses and views of London. These included Warwick Castle (1748) and London: Whitehall and...
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