Dada, as I have known him, has always been a big thinker and a great executioner of big ideas. The deal with Dell is an example of that. He was a great believer in creating brands and he continues doing that in his new ventures post PCL. I had met him during the PCL days and while I had no business dealings with him, I was impressed with his salesmanship. Here was a guy, very charming and yet an aggressive sales person. We have been friends ever since. I consider it a privilege to have known him and Ranjana as friends. Honest, well-meaning and a good human being.
Rajasthan, a border state on the western fringes of India, has always been a land fiercely proud of its independence. By the 16th century, its frontiers were being slowly eroded from the pressure exerted by the marauding Mughal warriors who ruled vast tracts of India from Delhi. In the midst of this crisis arose a hero from the dunes of Rajasthan to rally its people under his banner. Endowed with an indomitable spirit, RanaPratap was a formidable warrior and thought nothing of facing up to his biggest enemy—Akbar, the great Mughal emperor. RanaPratap remains a revered name in modern India. This is how I would like to introduce BikramDasgupta. …He never shied away from action and was single-handedly responsible, with limited resources at his command, for the PCL-Dell joint venture in India. It was one of the first such partnerships in the Indian information technology industry and his setting up of the export division was another great achievement. I would consider BDG as the shining star of the IT industry of his era.
“When you were down in spirits, lost for the next step, and submerged in your sorrow and misfortune, you just had to pick up your phone and connect with Bikram.”
If there is one person that exuded confidence, joy and hope while carrying the huge burden of the Indian IT hardware industry during its formative years, it has to be my friend Bikram Dasgupta. When you were down in spirits, lost for the next step, and submerged in your sorrow and misfortune, you just had to pick up your phone and connect with Bikram. You would emerge from that conversation smiling, confident about the future and ready to conquer the world. Bikram and his wonderful family are lighting up Kolkata’s IT scene with their dedication to IT professionals and their charity. I wish the old, the middle-aged and the young members of Bikram Dasgupta’s family the best of everything.
“Bikram loves to live on the edge and thrives on solving seemingly impossible problems”
A salute to Bikram from a fellow BAIT er… Lots of sweet memories of working together… managing the complex relationship between MAIT, NASSCOM and Business India in IT Asia days… rallying the industry buddies together at BAIT… being ever ready to help a friend in need. Bikram loves to love on the edge and thrives on solving seemingly impossible problems. He is an aggressive salesman, yet his customers love him, he is a strong negotiator, yet closes with a touch of magnanimity. Indeed a ‘Limited Edition,’ he builds lasting relationships stamped with his inimitable blend of genuine concern, affection and trust.
My journey of life has always opened up new dimensions, teaching me to accept, learn and
grow. It is simply fascinating. Many times, we are so engrossed in our own fixed thinking of right and wrong, that we even doubt our own growth potential….
I can only speak for myself, but I believe most of us, with similar background and experiences might reach similar conclusions in life. Once you have invested all your time, energy and experience, over a large number of years, say, 30+ into your entrepreneurial journey…
“Sorry, I didn’t think of it THAT way…..
For me ambiguity is always enigma. All plausible interpretations are highly welcome, more is merrier. So how do you look at it? As a stimulus? A neutral learning curve or a threat?
Kalyani - a Bikram Dasgupta initiative is a revolutionary concept in Old age care Kolkata and Care for the Mentally Challenged, designed to create a more equitable social fabric around us. The BDG Foundation has been named after BDG's mother Kalyani - one who has been the biggest source of inspiration in his life. He has picked up areas very close to his heart in an endeavour to fulfil the needs of people whose lives are less fortunate than ours. Charity including the popular 'Feed The Poor' scheme fed thousands of migrant labourers in South India during COVID-19 Lockdown.
Calcutta Broadway is a unique platform where Bikram Dasgupta brings in a Unique form of Philanthropy in the realm of Music, Theatre and Performing arts. A realm where cultural heritage of Bengal blends with contemporary fusion music, theatre and art along with BDG's wish to bring to a larger audience the budding artistes as part of Youth Channelization Kolkata. The free BROADWAY HEALTH CARD looks after the medical needs of the artistes and their families.
Bikram Dasgupta believes that technology plays a disruptive role in how we interact with the world, produce products or services, transact and drive efficiencies. Hence, he invests both actively and passively during various phases of a start up's lifecycle, those that are innovative, technology driven, product or service and are looking for investors. BDG Angels plays a lead role in Youth Channelisation Kolkata and Young Leaders Startup Mentoring Kolkata.
Bikram Dasgupta knows where it pinches to be alive for budding artists who are not paid high and regular salaries. What happens when they or any member of their family falls ill? To provide them health insurance benefits, he has floated the most comprehensive Health Card, called Broadway Health Card, benefitting already 100 artistes with a view to do more. It is the First 3rd Party Health Insurance Card of India which benefits thousands of technicians and young performing artistes for 6 persons per family, including their parents, spouses and kids.
BDG Foundation has extended support to 144 Baul families of Santiniketan. These folk artistes have been living in penury, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown and lack of livelihood. This comes as an extension of BDG's support for the marginalized informal sector, who are facing an unprecedented economic crisis, due to the changed times.
Kalyani Foundation donated specially designed COVID Fight kits and medical kits to the old and needy of different Old Age Homes of West Bengal as part of our Elderly Care Programme. The residents of St Joseph's Old Age Home and Tollygunge Old Age Home were overwhelmed by our gesture. We stood by them during this Pandemic Crisis and wish to continue to support them to fight COVID-19. These residents have mostly been abandoned by their families, but they are part of a bigger family -- the BDG Foundation family. Stay Safe, Stay Strong!
Bikram Dasgupta has always done it his way. Instead of following others, he created stories through his real-life that can inspire a whole new generation to follow him. These are also tales that he himself experienced first-hand that had a deep impact on laying his foundation as an entrepreneur. He is now here to share those life’s lessons, his real-life stories that could help you frame your own unique stories.Learn More
Bikram Dasgupta has been a mentor to thousands of youngsters who have waited to hear him out. He loves teaching, going back to classrooms, sharing his knowledge with the new kids on the block. For that’s how technology moves ahead, into a new world. His life since the days of IIT to turning into a global entrepreneur has been inspiring and stimulating, showing a direction to young entrepreneurs. Hear him speak…
Bikram Dasgupta started Globsyn with a vision to make a difference for the youth in the IT Industry and show them the way forward. By then he had been the co-Founder of PCL, that went on to become one of the largest PC companies of India, competing with HCL and WIPRO. BDG took PCL to the public investors and it was oversubscribed 48 times! It had 44 Offices, 1600+ employees in 1984 and a Factory in Noida. Armed with this experience of running PCL, BDG started thinking of setting up a Company with a difference. Thus, Globsyn was born on principles of building Institution and Infrastructure (I&I model). Globsyn Finishing School, Globsyn Business School, Infinity and Globsyn Crystals ensured youngsters from colleges would get into GFS or GBS, for their training and work in a Company housed at Infinity. BDG’s baby Globsyn is today a successful international giant.