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Title Kishor Bangla
Document Type Journal
Language Bengali


Started in 1348 B.S. (1941), Kishor Bangla was a monthly magazine in Bengali for young people. Published by the Kishor Sabha, the journal seemed to have made a significant effort in molding and grooming the mindset of Bengali boys and girls. Every issue of Kishor Bangla was prefixed with a four-page illustrated section entitled ‘Sonar Shaishab’ (Golden Childhood) meant for the children aged between eight and 12 years. This section included humorous poems, short stories and serialized novellas, and attractive illustrations. Authors who contributed to ‘Sonar Shaishab’ included Halum Dakhin Roy, Amitabha Datta, Prasad Basu, Hemendranath Mukhopadhyay, Buddhadeb Chattopadhyay, Prabhat Kiran Basu and Amita Chattopadhyay.

The main journal comprised literary pieces and regular features. Literary pieces included poems, novellas, stories and plays authored by noted writers of the period such as Sovon Shome, Bimal Das, Dwijadas Bhattacharya, Kumudranjan Mallick, Satyen Mukhopadhyay, Prabhat Kumar De, Rabin Bandyopadhyay and Akhil Neogi. The journal serialized Swami Premaghananda’s writings on the life and achievements of Swami Vivekananda (‘Chhotoder Vivekananda’). The journal also occasionally published articles, biographical notes, travelogues, letters from the European Diaspora, book reviews and puzzles. A unique feature of the journal was its emphasis on games and sports as an integral part of adolescent and youth culture. It carried articles on various sporting activities.

The editorial writings were well informed, and provided both informative accounts as well as insightful discussion. The regular features included ‘Jigyasa o Jobab’ (Queries and Answers), ‘Bigyan’ (Science), ‘Byabosa Banijya’ (Trade and Commerce), ‘Khelar Chhole Byabosa Sekha’ (Learning Business through Play), ‘Shakti Chai Sobar Age’ (Strength Before All Else), ‘Jene Rakho Kaje Asbe’ (Useful Knowledge), ‘Maa Mati ar Bhasha’ (Mother, Motherland and Language) and ‘Abhibhabakder Pata’ (For Guardians).

The journal also regularly carried detailed accounts of the day-to-day activities of the Kishor Sabha and its branches across Bengal. The annual conference and the regular programs of the Sabha were reported in the journal. Kishor Bangla also published photographs of sporting activities, cultural practices and functions, and of the leading Bengali personalities of the time.

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