Tie-up boost to Bangla literature

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By PINAKI MAJUMDAR in Jamshedpur
  • Published 28.12.04

Jamshedpur, Dec. 27: Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan, a national Bengali literary association, will tie up with the Bangladesh Writers? Guild, a literary organisation based in the neighbouring country, for an exchange programme on Bengali literature and language.

Former president of Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan Tapan Sikdar said here today that the move is aimed at promoting Bengali literature and culture in the two countries.

?We are working out the modalities of the exchange programme which will ensure that Bengali scholars and litterateur from both countries exchange their views on Bengali literature and language,? said Sikdar.

According to Sikdar, the Bangladesh Writers? Guild has also displayed a keen interest in the exchange programme, which will be launched next year.

Noted Bengali writer and a retired professor of Dacca University Anisuzzaman, who was in the city to take part in a literary session organised today as part of the 77th All-India conference of the Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan, told The Telegraph that the exchange programme would ensure that books written by Bangladeshi authors are read by people in India.

?We have observed that Bengali books written by Indian authors are easily available in Bangladesh but the situation is not same in India. There is a scarcity of books written by Bangladeshi authors in India. We are hopeful that a tie-up with the Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan will help resolve the problem,? he said.

Anisuzzaman said the number of students eager to study the literary works of Indian writers has increased in Bangladesh and the exchange programme will be a positive step in this direction. He said the programme will enrich Bengali literature by ensuring a healthy exchange of ideas between the two countries. This will also help the students of Bengali litretaure in Bangladesh and India.

Anisuzzaman, who was awarded the prestigious Bangla Academy award and the Ananda Puruskar for his work on Bengali literature, presided over the literary session, Katha Sahitya, on the third-day of the conference.

The session was also attended by novelist Bani Basu, Tapan Bandopadhyay and secretary of Sahitya Academy (eastern zone), Ramkumar Mukhopadhyay.

Clinton Seely, a professor teaching Bengali at University of Chicago, spoke on the the literary work of Rabindranath Tagore. Seely was awarded the Ananda Purushkar in 1993 for his work on poet Jibananda Das.