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Title Rangmashal
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Abinash Chandra Sarkar


Rangmashal was a popular children’s magazine in colonial Bengal. Started in 1936 (1343 B.S.), the journal was an illustrated monthly devoted to children’s literature.

The available issues began with a humorous poem of the writer Premendra Mitra. Poems, short stories, novellas and historical fiction were prominent. Poets and writers who contributed included Buddhadeb Basu, Manik Bandyopadhyay, Lila Majumdar, Radha Mohun Bhattacharya, Abanindranath Tagore, Achintya Kumar Sengupta, Sibram Chakraborty and Sukanta Bhattacharya. Travel writing was popular, with contributions by Amiya Chakraborty, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, and Pramatha Chaudhury.

The magazine carried life-stories of famous personalities and historical narratives, mostly by Annada Sankar Ray, Premendra Mitra, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Gita Mitra and Probodh Kumar Sanyal. Science-based fiction was also popular. Haimanti Chakraborty’s ‘Tomrao Paro’ (You Can Also Do It) was a regular arts and crafts section for children. Editorial comments, quizzes, sports news, and an information section also appeared regularly. Children wrote in to the editor, sending in requests and queries, and providing information and corrections.


Poems, short, stories, historical, fiction, sport, life, stories, travel, Annada, Sankar, Ray, Premendra, Mitra, Tarasankar, Bandyopadhyay, Calcutta, India

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