Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) came into prominence in the 1920s as the 'Rebel Poet', startling the Indian literary world with his radical ideas and defiant utterances. A historic dissenter, he attacked a number of orthodoxies of the time with his fiery verses and convention-shattering practices. The Dissent of Nazrul Islam presents the rebel self of the poet through the dialectics that developed between him and the authoritarian formations he confronted. This volume focuses primarily on Nazrul's dissent against the British colonial government in India, the Gandhian non-violent means of nationalist struggle, Islamic fundamentalism and Hindu cultural chauvinism, as well as the hegemony of Rabindranath Tagore in the world of Bengali literature. Mitra reveals the nature, purpose, and consequences of Nazrul's historic disobedience. He surveys the literary, political, socio-cultural, and intellectual circumstances that shaped the Rebel Poet's ideas and actions. Exploring Nazrul's exchanges with his space, time, and environs, Mitra illustrates how these opened alternate ways of thought and writing.
In this book, Lorea explores the relationship between Bengali folklore, heterodox religious movements and politics of cultural representation through the contextual study of the eccentric guru Bhaba Pagla (1902-1984), his ecstatic songs and their performers.
The Historical Dictionary of the Bengalis provides an overview of the Bengalis across the world from the earliest Chalcolithic cultures to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 750 cross-referenced dictionary entries on politicians, educators and entrepreneurs, leaders of religious and secular institutions, writers, painters, actors and other cultural figures, and more generally, on the economy, education, political parties, religions, women and minorities, literature, art and architecture, music, cinema and other major sectors. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Bengalis.
As the first Bengalee Archbishop of South Asia, Theotonius Amal Ganguly, CSC, made a remarkable contribution in the expansion of Christian missionary activity in Bengal through all the three political regimes that Bangladesh went through. In the four hundred years of the history of the Catholic Church in Bangladesh, his appointment as the archbishop not only highlights his role in serving the Catholic Church, but also the importance of Catholic missionary activities in Bangladesh. To explore the history of Protestant missionary activities during the last century, research was carried out and books were published. These scholarly activities left a noticeable gap in the area of the history of ...
Books on ancient Indian history are based partly on borrowed imagination and partly on distorted facts.They conceal boldly and reveal ceptically.But quite contrarily this work provides a novel conduit,honestly postulated,to the study of Vedic and Harappan civilizations which no student and scholar of the subject can fail to notice.