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Title Banga Lakshmi (2)
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali


Bangalakshmi was the mouthpiece of the Saroj Nalini Nari Mangal Samiti of Calcutta, led by Hemlata Thakur, who was also its chief editor. Published by Tejendranath Sarkar from Calcutta, it was started as a quarterly journal in 1332 B.S. (1925). Two of its later editors were Arati Datta and Khonoprobha Bhaduri. The journal primarily focused on women and their priorities, with a number of female contributors. It published poems, novels, short stories and plays along with essays, commentaries, speeches, reminiscences, travelogues, biographical accounts and obituaries. It also brought out regular reports on the activities and programs of the Samiti. Other sections were ‘Mahila Samachar’ (Women’s News) and ‘Ranna Ghar’ (The Kitchen). Book reviews were also occasionally published. The journal brought out special issues in commemoration of the feminist social activist Saroj Nalini Devi and Rabindranath Tagore, and published an annual festival number on the occasion of Durga Puja.

Being a journal run by women with a focus on women’s issues, it was natural that women writers dominated the contributors’ list. They included Hemlata Thakur, Ashapurna Devi, Indumati Bhattacharya, Kamala Devi, Khhonoprobha Bhaduri, Jyotirmoyee Devi, Indira Devi, Pushpa Devi, and Hiranmayee Basu. The journal serially published excerpts from the personal diary of Saroj Nalini Devi in the 1950s, which threw light on her life and experiences in India and abroad, commenting on the trends of contemporary politics, society and culture. Also, the life and career of Saroj Nalini Devi featured prominently in some of the writings. The core themes relating to women that featured in the journal were the condition of women in ancient India, women’s education in India, women’s problems, the welfare of women, the Bratachari movement and women, women’s associations (‘Mahila Samiti’), and so on. The section on ‘Mahila Samachar’ mostly dealt with the achievements and feats of Indian women. The annual festival of the Samiti and various programmes and workshops run by the Samiti and its branches in different parts of Bengal were regularly reported in the journal. The section ‘Ranna Ghar’, which used to provide recipes of Indian and foreign cuisine, seemed to have become popular.


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