First publication page
Title Parichay
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Suresh Chakraborty


Started in 1338 B.S. (1931), Parichay was one of the longest surviving Bengali monthly journals of colonial and postcolonial Bengal. Founded by its first editor Sudhindranath Datta, Parichay was a noted literary journal with critical perspectives on history, society and culture. The journal was representative of progressive thinking in contemporary Bengali society. Two of its later editors were Gopal Halder and Nani Bhowmik. The journal published poems, novellas and stories along with essays, commentaries, translations, obituaries, book reviews, and reviews of music, dance, theater, art and film. Sections such as ‘Samoyiki’ and ‘Sanskriti Sanbad’ provided reports and comments on contemporary issues and events in politics, society, culture and economy. The review section set a high standard with detailed and critical reviews of books, films, plays and music. The journal also brought out brief reports on important literary conferences, musical programs and art exhibitions.

The cover page of the journal commonly featured high-quality pictures of India’s historical sites. Contributors included Nani Bhowmik, Mrinal Chaudhury, Bimal Chandra Ghose, Pradyut Guha, Bishnu De, Supriyo Mukhopadhyay, Mihir Sen, Samaresh Basu and Subhas Mukhopadhyay. The reviewers included Nirmalya Bagchi, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Narahari Kabiraj, Hiran Kumar Sanyal, Gopal Halder, Ashok Dasgupta, Radharaman Mitra and Sunil Kumar Sen.

The eminent Bengali scientist Satyendranath Bose wrote his first article in Bengali, ‘Bigyaner Sankat’ (The Crisis of Science), in the journal’s very first issue in 1931. Some of the more important articles were: Gopal Halder’s ‘Poribartaner Juge Somaj o Sanskriti’ (Society and Culture in the Age of Transition) and ‘Shikhsha o Rabindranath’ (Education and Rabindranath); Satindranath Chakraborty’s ‘Darshaner Itibritta’ (The History of Philosophy); Abdulla Rasul’s ‘Samajik Dristite Paschimbanger Bhumi Sanskar Byabostha’ (West Bengal’s Land Reform System in Social Perspective); Rabindra Majumdar’s ‘Chin Deshe Banga Brittanta’ (The Story of Bengal in China); Meghnad Saha’s ‘Manab Sabhyatar Janye’ (For the Sake of Human Civilization); Chinmohon Sehanobish’s ‘Ganoshikhshar Prosar’ (The Spread of Mass Education); and Bishnu De’s ‘Chitrasilpi Rabindranath Thakur’ (Rabindranath Tagore, The Painter).

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