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Title Sahitya-Sanghita
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name B.N. Nandi
Publisher Region Calcutta


Started in 1307 B.S. (1900), Sahitya Sanghita was a monthly Bengali journal devoted chiefly to literature and literary criticism. The journal was the mouthpiece of the Sahitya Sabha, a literary society of contemporary Calcutta, and was distributed free amongst its members. The journal was edited serially by Nrisimha Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Kabyabisharad Kaliprasanna, Subal Chandra Mitra and Gopal Chandra Mukhopadhyay. The journal published essays, biographical accounts, obituaries, commentaries, travelogues, poetry, novels, and detailed reports on the activities of the Sahitya Sabha. Although literature and linguistics were central, themes of history, society, religion or philosophy were also prominent.


Of the published articles, Achyutananda Saraswati’s ‘Bangla Bhasha Samparke Baktabya’ (An Opinion about the Bengali Language) discussed the evolution of the Bengali language, and Bhagabat Kumar Sashtri’s ‘Bangla Bhashar Prokriti’ (The Nature of the Bengali Language) examined the Bengali language’s changing character. Brajasundar Sanyal’s serialized ‘Kobir Itihas’ (History of the Poets) provided brief biographical accounts of Bengali bards. Subal Chandra Mitra’s ‘Jibancharit Sankalan’ was a collection of biographies.


History-oriented articles included Subal Chandra Mitra’s serialized ‘Alibardi’ (Alivardi Khan), Krishna Prasad Ghosh’s ‘Sinhalraj Dhatu Sen’ (King Dhatu Sen of Sinhala) and Dharmananda Mahabharati’s ‘Prachin o Adhunik Mudrar Oitihashik Bibaran’ (Description of Ancient and Modern Coins). Religion and philosophy were discussed in Dharmananda Mahbharati’s ‘Bhakter Debatva Prapti’ (The Devotee’s Attainment of Divinity) and Achyutananda Saraswati’s ‘Purushbishesh Iswar-rahasya’ (The Mystery of Male Divinity). Dinanath Gangopadhyay’s ‘Colombo Darshan’ (Visiting Colombo) was a travelogue.


A medieval Bengali text, the Dharmamangal, was reproduced serially in the journal.

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