Nainital have been home/adopted home to many famous personalities who had brought fame to the hill-station. Much of this can be credited to the excellent education platform that have attracted many talented students from across the Nation. The peaceful and tranquil ambiance of the small hill station is ideal to search on your divine purpose and embark on a journey to capture the world.
Some of the famous personalities of Nainital are-
Elsie Inglis- She was born in the hill station town of Nainital, India to a father who worked in the Indian civil service. She had the good fortune to have relatively enlightened parents for the time who considered the education of a daughter as important as that of the son. After a private education her decision to study medicine was delayed by her mother’s death in 1885, when she felt obliged to stay in Edinburgh with her father. She was a consultant at Bruntsfield Hospital for women and children, and despite a disagreement between Inglis and the hospital management, the Hospice joined forces with them in 1910.
Her dissatisfaction with the standard of medical care available to women led to her becoming politically active and playing an important role in the early years of the Scottish Federation of Women’s Suffrage Societies.Despite her already notable achievements it was her efforts during the First World War that brought her fame. She was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Women’s Hospitals for Foreign Service Committee, an organisation funded by the women’s suffrage movement with the express aim of providing all female staffed relief hospitals for the Allied war effort. The organisation was active in sending teams to France, Serbia and Russia.
2Jim Corbett (hunter)
Jim Corbett (25 July 1875–19 April 1955) was an Indian-born Irish hunter, conservationist and naturalist, famous for his writings on the hunting of man-eating tigers and leopards. The Corbett National Park in India is named in his memory.
Corbett was a hunter and fishing enthusiast in early life but took to big game photography later. As his admiration for tigers and leopards grew, he resolved never to shoot them unless they turned man-eater or posed a threat to cattle. Between 1907 and 1938, Corbett tracked and killed at least a dozen man-eaters. It is estimated that the combined total of men, women and children these twelve animals had killed was in excess of 1,500. His very first success, the Champawat Tiger in Champawat, alone was responsible for 436 documented deaths.Jim Corbett was tall (6’1″), brave and endowed with very keen senses. He would often stalk to within twenty feet of the man-eaters, and at great risk to himself, in order to save at least one human life. He preferred to hunt alone and on foot when pursuing dangerous game.
3Amitabh Bachchan (Actor)
Amitabh Bachchan went to Sherwood College in Nainital. No matter what he did, he knew that his father would support him at all stages. Amitabh grew up with his share of female admiration and adulation. He was no different than any teenager, with his ever-charming smile he sure won many hearts.
Acting occupied a corner of his heart even then. His play performance had won him the best actor’s award, which no doubt he treasures even today making him among famous personalities of Nainital. Although now he owns a whole collection of them. One such performance was what he was eagerly waiting for; he practiced until perfection. He was to play the role of a judge in an Agatha Christie play titled ‘And Then There Were None’.
Naseeruddin Shah (born 20 July 1949 or 16 August 1950) is an Indian film and stage actor and director, and a prominent figure in Indian parallel cinema. Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and an award at the Venice Film Festival.
Shah did his schooling at St. Anselm’s Ajmer and St Joseph’s College, Nainital. He graduated in arts from Aligarh Muslim University in 1971 and attended National School of Drama in Delhi. He has been successful in mainstream Bollywood cinema as well as in Parallel Cinema becoming one of the famous personalities of Nainital. He has appeared in international films, notably playing Captain Nemo in the Hollywood adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
5Ram Kapoor (Actor)
Ram Kapoor ; born 1 September 1973) is an Indian television actor. He portrayed Jai Walia in Kasamh Se, the character Ram Kapoor in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, and hosted Rakhi Ka Swayamwar.
He spent his formative years at Sherwood College, Nainital. At Sherwood College, Kapoor was introduced to acting, when as a challenge and an order from his head captain he auditioned for the annual school theatrical production of Charley’s Aunt and performed the lead role. Under the direction and tutelage of Amir Raza Hussein Kapoor found his career path and realised his love for acting.
6Som Nath Sharma (Soldier)
Major Somnath Sharma, PVC (1923–1947) was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra,the highest Indian gallantry award. He was awarded the medal posthumously for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in November 1947. He died while evicting Pakistani infiltrators and raiders from Srinagar Airport during the Indo-Pak war of 1947-48 in Kashmir. He belonged to the 4th Kumaon Regiment.
He did his schooling at Sherwood College, Nainital, before enrolling at the Prince of Wales Royal Military College in Dehra Dun and later joined the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the 8th Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment (later 4th Battalion, Kumaon Regiment) of the Indian Army (then British Indian Army) on 22 February 1942. He also saw combat during the second World War in the Arakan Operations.
Lalit Kumar Modi (born 29 November 1963, Delhi) is an Indian businessman and cricket administrator. He was the first Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and ran the tournament for three years until 2010. He also served as the Chairman of the Champions League during 2008–10. He was the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during 2005–10. He has also served as the President of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (2005–09 and 2014–15), and as the Vice President of the Punjab Cricket Association.
Lalit Modi joined Bishop Cotton School in Shimla, in 1971. His family later moved him to St Joseph’s College, Nainital, because of a kidnapping threat. In 1980, he was expelled from St. Joseph’s for truancy, having left school to watch a movie.
8Manish Krishnanand Pandey (Cricketer )
Manish Krishnanand Pandey (born 10 September 1989) is an Indian international cricketer. He is primarily a right-handedmiddle-order batsman representing Karnataka in domestic cricket and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.He played as an opening batsman for his former IPL team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and became the first Indian player to score a century in the IPL in 2009.
Pandey started playing cricket when he was in the third standard. He did his schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Devlali and he completed his higher education in Jain University, Bangalore. Manish was a member of the victorious Indian team that played in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup held in Malaysia.