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Title Chhotoder Barshiki
Document Type Journal
Language English


Chhotoder Barshiki was an annual children’s journal in Bengali published every year in the Bengali month of Aswin (September/October) to celebrate Durga Puja, Bengal’s most important religious festival. Started in 1337 B.S. (1930), its editor was Jatindramohan Bagchi. The journal was published simultaneously from Popular Library, Dhaka and Popular Agency, Calcutta. This annual number offered an excellent collection of myriad contributions from the best of contemporary Bengali writers. The journal used to publish stories, novellas, plays, poems, translations of foreign literature, essays, articles on the theme of science, historical accounts, travelogues, and various information and news suitable for children.

The authors included such names as Rabindranath Tagore, Pramatha Chaudhury, ‘Parashuram’ Rajsekhar Basu, Abanindranath Tagore, Hashirashi Debi, Girija Kumar Basu, Prabhabati Debi Saraswati, Kalidas Ray, Kumudranjan Mallick, Charunchandra Datta, Akhil Neogi, Bande Ali Mian, Surendra Nath Sen, Suniti Kumar Chattopadhyay, Jatindramohan Bagchi, Hemendra Kumar Ray, and Jatindramohan Sengupta. The articles published touched on themes of history, geography, science, medicine, education, sports, festivals, the national movement and its heroes, and general knowledge. Mention may be made of Ramananda Chattopadhyay’s ‘Sekaler Lekhapora Sekha’ (Learning to Read and Write in an Earlier Age); Romaprasad Chanda’s ‘Raja Rammohan Ray o Edeshe Shikhshar Unnati’ (Raja Rammohan Roy and the Development of Education in this Country); Sisir Kumar Mitra’s ‘Bigyaner Bahaduri’ (The Achievements of Science); Probodh Chandra Bagchi’s ‘Kumarjiber Kotha’ (Stories of Kumarjiva); Hemanta Kumar Sarkar’s ‘Deshapriya Jatindramohan’ (The Patriot Jatindramohan); and Surendra Nath Sen’s ‘Dharmaraj Sivaji’ (King Sivaji). There was a small section entitled ‘Bichitra’ that provided interesting information and general knowledge.

Chhotoder Barshiki carried a number of excellent illustrations contributed by contemporary Bengali artists. Some of these were Abanindranath Tagore, Asit Kumar Haldar, Narendra Datta, Promod Kumar Chattopadhyay, Samar De, Asit Ray, Dhirendranath Bal and Akhil Neogi.

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