His father Nilkamal Ghosh was a generous and kind hearted person and Girish retained some of his father’s large heartedness. He lost his parents early in life and went up to educate himself. Girish after leaving school in sri sri ramakrishna kathamrita in bengali pdf acquired an apprenticeship with a British Company in book keeping.
It was around this time that Girish became acquainted with Ishwar Chandra Gupta and began writing plays, songs and poetry. Later Bagbazar Amateur was renamed in 1871 as the National Theatre. Girish however left National Theatre and went to form the Great National Theatre in 1873 which he became manager of in 1880. In 1877 Girish staged his first play ‘Agamani’ at The Great National Theatre. The maiden show at the Star Theatre was ‘Daksha Jagna’ by Girish Chandra Ghosh on the auspicious day of 21 July 1883. Girish wrote about 86 plays, most of which were based upon stories from Purana, Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Among his famous works were Buddhadev Charit, Purna Chandra, Nasiram, Kalapahar, Ashoka, Shankaracharya, Chaitanyalila, Nimai Sannyas, Rup-Sanatan, Vilwamangal, Prahlad Charit. Most of his plays were performed in Star Theatre in Calcutta. Girish also translated Shakespeare’s Macbeth play into Bangla in 1893. Girish’s mind worked so fast and prodigiously that he required secretaries to take down his words. Absorbed in the flow of ideas, he would pace back and forth in his room and dictate all the dialogues of the drama in a loud voice, as if he were acting each role himself. His secretary always kept three pencils ready at hand. He could not use a pen and inkpot because there was never enough time to dip the pen into the pot.
Girish to repeat what he had just said. Girish became angry and asked him not to break his mood. He told the Debendranath to put dots where he had missed words, and that he would fill them in later. There are many stories about his writing talent. He also wrote twenty-six songs for Sadhavar Ekadashi in just one night.
Sister Devamata mentioned in Days in an Indian Monastery, ‘One of the greatest, a six act drama entitled Vilwamangal the Saint, was written in twenty-eight hours of uninterrupted labour. In his personal life he met with many tragedies, losing both his wives, two daughters, and his younger son whom he loved very dearly, at the age of three. He was a very hard worker in his earlier days. It became common practice for him to work all day at the office then go to the theatre in the evening to act in a play, returning home at three or four o’clock in the morning. But when his first wife Pramodini gave birth to a still born daughter, Girish regretted his negligence of his wife and engaged the best doctors for her. However she died leaving a son and a daughter.