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Our leading socialist intellectual and our teacher

There is far more to be said about Serajul Islam Choudhury's significance as an intellectual and literary-cultural critic.

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our foremost intellectual and writer in Bangladesh

Today – June 23 – marks the 87th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury.

Kazi Nazrul Islam and “World Literature”: Some Questions and Concerns

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) has been customarily characterized as a rebel poet, particularly, if not exclusively, because of his 1922 poem called “Bidrohi” (the Rebel)—a poem that fiercely stages his political, linguistic, even metrical rebellion all at once.

Shakespeare—Our Contemporary in the Time of Coronavirus?

The question was already raised by some: Did Shakespeare write mainly for children? So-called "pop" Shakespeare criticism answered that question in the affirmative. 

More than a pastoral poet

Today—March 14—marks the 46th death anniversary of Jasim Uddin (1903-1976). Popularly called “palli kabi” (folk poet), Jasim Uddin is also considered a major Bangla poet.

Our Language Movement: Moments, Momentum, Milieu

Our Bhasha Andolan—the Language Movement—was undoubtedly a major event in our political history.

Jibanananda Das: Tropes, Tensions, Tendencies

Today—February 17—marks the 123rd birth anniversary of Jibanananda Das (1899-1954), recognised today as one of the greatest Bengali poets of all time.

Michael Madhusudan Datta: Resistance, Rebellion, Rupture

Michael Madhusudan Datta (1824-1873) is widely regarded as the first modern Bangla poet. Well before Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), Madhusudan is even reckoned as the first rebel poet in Bangla literature, although he is by no means a revolutionary like Nazrul.

June 23, 2023
June 23, 2023

Our leading socialist intellectual and our teacher

There is far more to be said about Serajul Islam Choudhury's significance as an intellectual and literary-cultural critic.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our foremost intellectual and writer in Bangladesh

Today – June 23 – marks the 87th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury.

May 28, 2022
May 28, 2022

Kazi Nazrul Islam and “World Literature”: Some Questions and Concerns

Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976) has been customarily characterized as a rebel poet, particularly, if not exclusively, because of his 1922 poem called “Bidrohi” (the Rebel)—a poem that fiercely stages his political, linguistic, even metrical rebellion all at once.

April 23, 2022
April 23, 2022

Shakespeare—Our Contemporary in the Time of Coronavirus?

The question was already raised by some: Did Shakespeare write mainly for children? So-called "pop" Shakespeare criticism answered that question in the affirmative. 

March 14, 2022
March 14, 2022

More than a pastoral poet

Today—March 14—marks the 46th death anniversary of Jasim Uddin (1903-1976). Popularly called “palli kabi” (folk poet), Jasim Uddin is also considered a major Bangla poet.

February 21, 2022
February 21, 2022

Our Language Movement: Moments, Momentum, Milieu

Our Bhasha Andolan—the Language Movement—was undoubtedly a major event in our political history.

February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022

Jibanananda Das: Tropes, Tensions, Tendencies

Today—February 17—marks the 123rd birth anniversary of Jibanananda Das (1899-1954), recognised today as one of the greatest Bengali poets of all time.

January 25, 2022
January 25, 2022

Michael Madhusudan Datta: Resistance, Rebellion, Rupture

Michael Madhusudan Datta (1824-1873) is widely regarded as the first modern Bangla poet. Well before Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), Madhusudan is even reckoned as the first rebel poet in Bangla literature, although he is by no means a revolutionary like Nazrul.

November 17, 2021
November 17, 2021

Our foremost peasant leader and revolutionary

He was described as an epic hero. His life was intimately involved in the land, labour and language of the poor peasant.

October 17, 2021
October 17, 2021

Fakir Lalon Shah: Love, life and liberation

One cannot decisively introduce—much less sum up—the life and work of Fakir Lalon Shah (c. 1772-1890).

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