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Title Biswabani
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali
Publisher Name Sri Ramakrishna Vedanta Math


Started in 1345 B.S. (1938), Biswabani was a monthly Bengali journal primarily of religion and philosophy, although it also focused on science, education, history, literature, art and economy. The journal was published by the Sri Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, Calcutta. Swami Sadatmananda and Swami Bedananda were the editors during 1949–1951. The journal published poems, essays, commentaries, biographical accounts, travelogues, speeches, news, reports, and book reviews. Two regular sections of the journal were: ‘Sangha Barta’ (Sangha News), which provided news about the activities and programs of the Sri Ramakrishna Vedanta Math; and ‘Grantha Somalochona’ (Book Reviews), which carried reviews of books on religion and philosophy.


The monks of the Math regularly contributed to the journal. Published articles included Sankarananda Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Amader Sahitya’ (Our Literature); Somnath Ghosh’s ‘Air Conditioning’; Swami Durgananda’s ‘Karmojoger Bhumika’ (The Role of Karmayoga); Umapada Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Gitay Brahmashaktibad’ (The Theory of Brahmashakti in the Gita); Ramendranath Bhattacharyya’s ‘Dakhkhin Bharater Mandir’ (Temples of South India); Srimat Puragra Parampanthi’s ‘Darshanik Kant o Advaita Vedanta’ (Kant the Philosopher and Advaita Vedanta); Shambhunath Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Dharma o Rashtra’ (Religion and State); and Naresh Chandra Ray Chaudhury’s ‘Bharater Dugdha o Dugdhajato Drabya’ (Milk and Milk Products of India).


The journal reported on religious and literary meets and science conferences – for example, the 27th Prabasi Banga Sahitya Sammelon (1358 B.S.) held in Patna, the International Nuclear Science Conference held in Bombay in 1950, or the 39th Indian Science Congress held in Calcutta in 1952 – and reproduced selected speeches delivered on these occasions.

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