Panchanan Barma (1866–1935), also known as Thakur Panchanan or Panchanan Sarkar, was a Rajbanshi leader and social reformer from Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. He dedicated his life for the improvement of backward class people, specifically for his own backward Rajbanshi community. He established a Kshatriya Sabhā (caste association) to instill Brahminical values and practices in people of his own caste. He was popularly known as the father of the Rajbanshi society.Early life
Panchanan Barma was born in 1866 in a middle-class jotedar family at Khalisamari village of Mathabhanga subdivision, in erstwhile Cooch Behar state. He was the son of Khoshal Sarkar (father) and Champala Sarkar (mother). His father sent him to a Middle-English high school, named Mathabhanga High School for education. After passing Middle English examination from the Mathabhanga High School, he took admission into the Jenkins High School for further education and passed the High English examination. He
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