Monday 23 July 2018

Damnation to Redemption - The Eastern Eye: Column by Dr.Utpal K Banerjee

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (1894-1950) was one of the leading writers of modern Bengali literature. Examples of his highly diverse literary genres are: Pather Panchali (autographical ‘saga on the road’ transferred memorably on the celluloid by the cineaste Satyajit Ray); Aranyak (nature’s saga on a forest trail with all its mysterious intimacy); Chander Pahad (a travel saga of adventures in the then unknown world of Africa); and Devjan (the esoteric saga of the after-life of its hero). A lesser known genre, verging almost on ‘morality’ play was his Athai Jal penned in 1947, where he explored the epic saga of a perfectly normal man’s encounter with the so-called ‘degenerate’ world of the early 19th century Bengal, his plunge into its passion driven turmoil, heart and soul, and eventual resuscitation back into the familiar normalcy. 

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