First publication page
Title Nabasakti
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali


Nabasakti was an illustrated weekly in Bengali published first in 1341 B.S. (1935), and was mostly devoted to literature, society, culture, and politics. The journal carried novels, stories, poems and plays along with essays, commentaries, editorial notes, news and information, obituaries, book reviews, and weekly notes. Each issue of the journal began with an editorial section ‘Nana Kotha’ (Various Matters), which included mostly contemporary issues and local and international events. A very brief but useful section ‘Totka’ (Healing Tips) offered indigenous means to cure various common diseases. The journal had a separate section on women – ‘Mahila Mahal’, which expressed strong views of Bengali women against the ethos of patriarchal society. ‘Durbine Duniya’ (The World through a Telescope) revealed various developments in international politics. A similar section was entitled ‘Biswa Rastra Sangher Khabar’ (News of the League of Nations). The journal also published extracts from other journals such as Bharatbarsha in its section ‘Chayan’ (Collection). Critical reviews of films were offered in ‘Pith on Pot’ and ‘Saharer Cinemay’, and news from Hollywood was presented in the section ‘Hollywooder Halchal’. The section on sport was entitled ‘Khelar Kotha’. ‘Saptahiki’ or weekly notes provided a brief overview of current affairs. The journal carried many advertisements.

The journal incorporated a variety of themes that included language and linguistics, education, women, children, science, public health and medicine, agriculture, rural life, domestic industry, trade, insurance, sports and physical exercise, religion, and international affairs. Published essays included Anil Baran Roy’s ‘Siksha Sankat’ (Crisis in Education), Mahmuda Khatun Siddiqa’s ‘Nari Somosya’ (Women’s Problems), Manmatha Mitra’s ‘Nadi Bidya o Bangalar Punaruddhar’ (River Studies and the Recovery of Bengal), Gopal Krishna Roy’s ‘Banglar Sambadpatra o Janasiksha’ (Newspapers in Bengal and Public Education), Sanat Kumar Raha’s ‘Congress, Samajtantrabad o Bhobisyot Andolon’ (Congress, Socialism and Future Movements), Haricharan Gupta’s ‘Chin Bhasa o Sahitya’ (Chinese Language and Literature), Anath Gopal Sen’s ‘Bharatiya Dak Byabosthar Itibritta’ (History of the Indian Postal System), Kamjit Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Bangla Sahityer Pragati’ (The Progress of Bengali Literature), Bibhuti Bhusan Malakar’s ‘Stri Sikshar Galad’ (The Limitations of Women’s Education), Subodh Kumar Roy’s ‘Sishu Sahitye Bhalobasa o Bhuter Bhoy’ (Love and the Fear of Ghosts in Children’s Literature), and Prabhas Chandra Pal’s ‘Banglar Kutir Silpa’ (The Domestic Industry of Bengal).

Contributors were, among others, Jatindranath Sen, Premendra Mitra, Hemendra Kumar Das, Kaliprasanna Das, Haraprasad Mitra, Advaita Mallabarman, Sasankamohan Choudhury, Khanaprabha Devi, Pratibha Ghosh, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Bimal Mitra, Buddhadeb Basu, Sailajananda Mukhopadhyay, Niharranjan Gupta, and Subhaschandra Mukhopadhyay.

The journal carried biographical essays on eminent personalities. These included Satyendranath Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Victor Hugo’, Kamala Bandyopadhyay’s ‘Mr.

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