Pancha-Puspa, started in 1335 B.S. (1928), was a Bengali literary monthly. The journal had a clear emphasis on publishing literary work – novellas, stories, plays and poems. It also published essays, commentaries, musical notations, reminiscences, biographical accounts, obituaries and book reviews. The essays and commentaries focused mostly on literature and linguistics, while articles on history, polity and society also appeared occasionally in the journal. Pancha-Puspa also carried illustrations. A section entitled ‘Jalpana Kalpana’ (Ideas and Thoughts), which provided news and information about the contemporary literary scene and other matters, was later added to the journal.
The leading authors who contributed to the journal included Purna Chandra Bandyopadhyay, Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay, Kalidas Mukhopadhyay, Harisadhan Mukhopadhyay, Jaladhar Sen, Priyalal Das, Amulya Charan Bidyabhushan, Hemendra Kumar Ray, Kalidas Ray, Purna Sashi Devi, Amritalal Basu, Rajendralal Acharya, Achintya Kumar Sengupta, Charu Chandra Mitra, Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Sourindramohan Mukhopadhyay, Karunanidhan Bandyopadhyay, Girija Kumar Basu, Pearymohan Sengupta, Hasirasi Devi, and Prabhabati Devi Saraswati. Mention may be made of Ashoknath Bhattacharya’s ‘Sanskrita Kothasahityer Dhara’ (The Trends of Sanskrit Prose Literature); Probodh Narayan Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Sahitya Prasanga’ (About Literature); Chintaharan Chakraborty, ‘Bangadeshe Sanskrita Charcha o Sanskrita Sahitye Bangalir Dan’ (The Pursuit of Sanskrit in Bengal and the Bengali Contribution to Sanskrit Literature); Manindramohan Basu’s ‘Chandidaser Podalochona’ (A Discussion of Chandidas’s Verses); and Sachindramohan Sarkar’s ‘Natya-Sahitye Dwijendralal’ (Dwijendralal in Dramatic Literature).
Other themes were politics, education, rural life, religion and philosophy. Contributions included Naliniranjan Sarkar’s ‘Palli Sanskar’ (Village Reforms); Bipin Chandra Pal’s ‘Bharater Rashtriya Somosya’ (The Problems of the Indian Nation); Purna Chandra De’s ‘Lord Mekley o Kolikata Sanskrita College’ (Lord Macaulay and the Calcutta Sanskrit College); Bimala Charan Laha’s ‘Prachin Juge Panchalgan’ (The Panchals of Ancient Times); Satyagopal Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Banglar Netribrinda’ (The Leaders of Bengal); Hirendranath Datta’s ‘Vedanta o Rashtra-Somosya’ (Vedanta and the Problems of State); and Jatindramohan Ghosh’s ‘Sabhyatar Suchanay Prachye Dharma-Pranali o Upashana Paddhati’ (Religious Rites and Methods of Worship in the East at the Beginning of Civilization). Some of the articles provided accounts of destinations such as Kashmir, Nepal and Prayag. The artists who contributed illustrations for the journal included Prabhat Neogi, Manishi De and Subal Chandra Pal.