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Title Parag
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Dr. Ajit Sankar De
Publisher Region Calcutta


Parag was a weekly Bengali journal started in 1343 B.S. (1936) under the editorship of Dr Ajit Sankar De. Priced at 1 anna per issue, it was a versatile periodical, frequently illustrated with stills from popular Bengali films. The journal had several regular sections: ‘Banka Chokhe’ (Cryptic View) critically examined contemporary events; ‘Cholar Pathe’ (On the Way) provided news and information about current affairs; and ‘Rang-Tamasha’ (Satire) was a section for satirical writings. The journal had a section ‘Chitre o Manche’ (In Films and Theatre) where the two popular forms were discussed, and which carried reviews of newly released films or plays. The children’s section was titled ‘Chhotoder Asar’.

Parag published poems, short stories, plays, serialized novellas, translations and travelogues. Essays, book reviews, biographical notes and obituaries were also published. The essays published in the journal focused on society, women, politics, sports, religion, and esthetics. Published articles included Hrishikesh Halder’s ‘Hindu Samaj o Bibaha Pratha’ (Hindu Society and Marriage Systems), Nirmal Kumar Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Galpo o Chhayachhabi’ (Story and Film), Shanti Pal’s ‘Santar’ (Swimming), Kiranprabha Biswas’s ‘Sanskar’ (Conventions), and Sibaprasad Nag’s ‘Pratyahik Jibone Soundaryabodh’ (The Sense of Beauty in Everyday Life). Contributors included Ajit Sankar De, Jahar Bandyopadhyay, Jogesh Chandra Ghose, Sashadhar Datta, Dwijendranath Bhaduri, Gopal Batbyal, Tarapada Mukhopadhyay, Indira Debi, Prabhat Kiran Basu, S. Wajed Ali, Sisir Kumar Basu, Karunanidhan Bandyopadhyay, and Kamiruddin Ahmed.

The journal also published annual special issues to mark certain festive occasions such as ‘Nababarsha’ (Bengali New Year), ‘Bhai Phonta’ and ‘Baradin’ (Christmas), or to commemorate the anniversaries of personalities such as Rabindranath Tagore or Girish Chandra Ghosh, the famous Bengali playwright.

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