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Title Masik Basumati (Bengali)
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Sashibhushan Datta


Masik Basmati was a popular illustrated Bengali periodical started in 1329 B.S. (1922) under the editorship of Hemendraprasad Ghosh. The journal was published from Basumati Sahitya Mandir founded by Upendranath Mukhopadhyay. The journal’s later editors included Satishchandra Mukhopadhyay, Satyendrakumar Basu, Jaminimohan Kar, and Pranatosh Ghatak. The journal offered perspectives on themes such as nature, society, polity, culture, religion and economy, and published essays, commentaries, reviews, biographical sketches, travelogues, poems, stories, novellas and plays. Insightful editorial writings were a hallmark of the journal.


The important subjects of discussion included politics and the Indian National Congress, the revolutionary movement, education and the university system, Bengali literature and linguistics, ancient Indian history, agriculture, industry and trade, religious teachings, international events, science and technology, medicine and public health, and contemporary issues. The list of contributors included Prafulla Chandra Ray, Pramatha Chaudhury, Biharilal Sarkar, Satyendrakumar Basu, Phanindranath Ghosh, Nagendranath Gupta, Amritalal Basu, Purnachandra De, Surendranath Sen, Bipin Chandra Pal, Charuchandra Mitra, Anil Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Sashibhushan Dasgupta, and Sajanikanta Das. Prafulla Chandra Ray, the ‘Father of Indian Chemistry’, wrote on diverse subjects – on food scarcity, on the value of Khadi, or on ancient and modern chemistry. Editorial commentaries and essays included ‘Ain Omanyo Tadanta’ (An Investigation of Civil Disobedience), ‘Greece-e Biplob’ (Revolution in Greece), ‘Banyar Kotha’ (Floods), ‘Bangalar Lokkhhoy’ (The Decline of Population in Bengal), ‘Bangalakhsmi Kaporer Kal’ (The Bangalakhsmi Cotton Mill), ‘Biswabidyaloy o Sarkar’ (University and the Government), ‘Shilpe Sangrakhshan’ (Protection in Industry), and ‘Bangalay Narir Dan’ (The Contribution of Women in Bengal).


Well-known writers and poets who contributed to the journal included Kalidas Ray, Kumudranjan Mallick, Sailaja Mukhopadhyay, Jyotirindranath Thakur, Khirodprasad Bidyabinod, Sarala Devi, Amritalal Basu, Hemchandra Bandyopadhyay, Najrul Islam, Swarnakumari Devi, Advaita Mallbarman, Achintya Kumar Sengupta, Saradindu Bandyopadhyay, Premendra Mitra, Sibram Chakraborty, Pratibha Basu, Hemendrakumar Ray, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Bimal Mitra, and Buddhadeb Basu. Among the artists who did illustrations for the journal, the most prominent were Hemendranath Majumdar, Bhabanicharan Laha, Bibhutibhusan Ray, Raghunath Mukhopadhyay, Panchkari Chattopadhyay, Aryakumar Chaudhury, Purnachandra Chakraborty, Samar De, Charuchandra Sengupta, Asit Kumar Ray, Arunchandra Mukhopadhyay, and Safiuddin Ahmed. The journal had a children’s section entitled ‘Chhotoder Asar’.


Calcutta, India

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