Satadru Sen
1969 - 2018
Delehanty Funeral Home
64 E Main St
Wappingers Falls, NY
Satadru Sen

Wappingers Falls - Satadru Sen, of Wappingers Falls, NY, passed away suddenly on October 7, 2018.

Satadru was born in Kolkata, India on January 24, 1969. He moved to California with his family as a teenager and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Satadru has been a professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) for twelve years and is the author of several books on South Asian history. Prior to teaching at CUNY, Satadru taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Purdue University. Satadru was the loving father of two daughters. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and traveling. He will be greatly missed.

Satadru is survived by his mother, Karabi; his wife, Amanda; his daughters, Mirabai and Leila; and his siblings, Santanu, Indumati, Aparajito, and Priyodarshi.

Visitation and remembrance will be at Delehanty Funeral Home in Wappingers Falls, NY at 4:00pm Friday, October 12, 2018. Reception at Sen home to follow. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Published by Poughkeepsie Journal on Oct. 11, 2018.
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karabi sen
October 6, 2020
Two years already! And what a year 2020 has turned out to be! I miss Satadru's mordant wit, his intellect, his erudition even more during this calamitous year than I had done earlier.
Chandak Sengoopta
October 5, 2020
A year without a brilliant colleague, a great friend and, above all, one of the finest, most imaginative scholars in his field. Why do the best people go so early?
Chandak Sengoopta
October 8, 2019
Time is not always the best healer but often a reminder, in spite of the absence, of a perpetual presence not only in the hearts of close friends and family but also in every nook and corner of the house, along the corridors he has walked, the books he has touched...wherever he has been, he is still....
Haimanti Sinha
October 6, 2019
You swam into my belly
A tadpole from a pool
By the river Satadru.
You nested inside me
Grew into a full-size male baby
Then slid into this lit-up world
Howling first, then hushed
Into contented quietude.

As you grew inside my heart
My heart expanded to fit you
Even as my belly shrank.
My body birthed you
Cord was cut.
My soul never pushed you out.
You remained.
The waters there never broke.
You forever splashed and played
In my waters.

If you have fallen asleep
Tired, hurt, saddened
If you are resting, gone silent,
Then sleep my child
Rest as long as you need
I will hold your head on my lap
Keep my watch over you
As did the snake king
Spread its hood over Buddha's head
To stand guard.
When the time is right
You will sit up again
Pick up where you left off.

Always a beggar for love.
You will find true love
A lotus with all its hundred petals
Opened in full glory.
A lotus with dew on it.
A lotus soft, firm, succulent
Steeped in intoxicating fragrance
A lotus happy to be
Held in your hands.
karabi sen
October 24, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
October 21, 2018
Sorry, shocked to hear that he had to leave so early! I will miss a fine scholar, supportive and reliable colleague and a great guy to hang out with, drink and talk nonsense! My thoughts are with his wife and daughters.
Harald Fischer-Tiné
Harald Fischer-Tiné
October 16, 2018
I am heartbroken by Satadru's sudden death. He was a wonderful scholar, a committed teacher and a great human being. He was also great fun to hang out with. He came to London only a few months ago and we had a fantastic evening - lots of intellectual and political conversation (of course!) but also gossip, banter and ice cream! And now, all gone...

I cannot even imagine what Amanda, Mira and Leila must be going through. I have never met them but thanks to Satadru's wonderful photos and posts on Facebook, they have been part of my life for a long time.
Chandak Sengoopta
October 15, 2018
Still difficult for me to accept the sudden tragedy... I have innumerable memories of his childhood. I was his favorite aunt and he was very fond of me. He was a great scholar, and I have read some of hi articles. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to all the family members.
Koyeli Chakravarti
October 12, 2018
Satadru was a valued colleague and a dear friend. He will be greatly missed. Sincerest condolences to his family in this most difficult of times.

Shoma Munshi

Kuwait / New Delhi
October 12, 2018
Scholars are immortal.
Haimanti Sinha
October 12, 2018
Satadru was a brilliant scholar, a thoughtful and warm colleague, and a wonderful friend. He will be missed so very much.
Kate Antonova
October 12, 2018
At times like this, words seem so inadequate. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Teachers of the Rhino Room from The Goddard School at Wappingers Falls
Rachael DeFazio
October 11, 2018
Satadru Sen was a classmate 35 years back at St Xavier's School Durgapur, India. A cheerful, fun loving guy. Saddened by his sudden departure. Farewell friend. You'll be missed by all who knew you.
Aniruddha Sengupta
October 11, 2018
Rupal Patel
October 11, 2018
A kind and brilliant person who will be sorely missed.
Amy Winter
October 11, 2018
very sad to hear of the death of my friend
saleem khan lohani
October 11, 2018
I will really miss you Prof Sen. You were a great human being.-Inderjeet
Inderjeet Singh
October 11, 2018
Satadru Sen was a marvelous professor. He took a subject that can often be viewed as boring and turned it into one of the most interesting tales you will ever hear. Almost like a father telling his children fairy tales they would never forget and always left them wanting more. Except, it wasn't a fairytale it was our history. I will forever be grateful I had the chance to learn from him before his tragic and far too soon death. He will be mourned by many. But the ones who should mourn are those who will never get the chance to learn from him. May the creator bless his soul and care for his family. Because if his students feel such loss, I despair in imagining how the people he loved the most, his family, must feel. May the creator take care of you all forever. Sincerely, and most regretfully, SEN'S HISTORY NERDS.
Manuel Landin
October 10, 2018
So sorry to hear this news. Sending my condolences to his family. Satadru and I were colleagues at Queens College - we both taught Asian history. He will be missed.
Marleen Kassel
October 10, 2018
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