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Title Malancha
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Sahitya Prachar Samiti Limited
Publisher Region Calcutta

Description

Started in 1321 B.S. (1914), Malancha was a monthly Bengali journal with a focus on literature, history and society. The journal published novels, stories, poems and plays, essays, commentaries, speeches, obituaries, travelogues, biographical accounts, translations, book reviews, and satires. A section entitled ‘Desh o Dasher Katha’ (The Country and its People) carried news from regional and local levels. Book reviews were published occasionally. The section ‘Griha Shikhshak’ (Private Tutor) provided useful medical information and procedures of treatment. Illustrations were occasionally published.

Contributors included Hemchandra Mukhopadhyay, Kumudranjan Mallick, Satyendranath Sen, and Durga Charan Mitra. Amongst non-fiction writings, the journal carried Anath Nath Basu’s serial account on the life of Sisir Kumar Ghosh. Other published articles included Rajeswar Gupta’s ‘Banga Bhasha ebong Bangla Sahitya o Sahityikbarga’ (The Bengali Language and Bengali Literature and Litterateurs), Bimal Kanti Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Nalanda Biswabidyalay’ (Nalanda University), Sureswar Chakraborty’s ‘Sanskrita College-e Sanskrita Shikhshar Durdasa’ (The Dismal Condition of Sanskrit Education in the Sanskrit College) and Balai Debsharma’s ‘Dwijendra Pratibha’ (The Genius of Dwijendra Lal Ray). Writings on philosophy and religion included Pramathanath Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Swabhabik Shabda ba Mantra’ (Natural Sound or Chant), Lokendranath Guha’s ‘Karma, Gyan o Bhaktir Tridhara’ (The Three Streams of Work, Knowledge and Devotion) and Kishorilal Dasgupta’s ‘Sangjam’ (Self-control). Articles on history and society appeared, such as Nirmalendu Dasgupta’s ‘Mussalman Spain’ (Muslim Spain), Joygopal Datta’s ‘Prachin Bharate Nou Shaktir Itibritta’ (A History of Naval Power in Ancient India), and ‘Hindu Samaj o Jatibhed’ (Hindu Society and the Caste System) by an anonymous author. Jatindramohan Sengupta’s ‘Nandan Pahar’ (Nandan Hills) was a serialized travelogue.

Malancha published obituaries in memory of some of the great writers of the time – Dinabandhu Mitra, Sibnath Sashtri, Devendra Bijay Basu, and Vincent Smith. Musical notations were occasionally published.

Keywords

Travel, satire, biography, translations, book, reviews, obituaries, Hemchandra, Mukhopadhyay, Kumudranjan, Mallick, Satyendranath, Sen, Calcutta, India

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