is literary works written in Bengali language
particularly from Bangladesh
and the Indian
provinces of West Bengal
. The history of Bengali literature
traces back hundreds of years while it is impossible to separate the literary trends of the two Bengals during the pre-independence period. Post independent Bangladesh has given birth to its own distinct set of literature.
The first evidence of Kamrupi
literature is known as Charyapada
in dedication on the names of four sons of Brahma
, a collection of 8th-12th century CE Buddhist mystic poems from eastern India
or ancient Kingdom of Kamarupa
now read as Kamrup
that provides early examples of Assamese
languages. Poets of these Charyapadas, the Siddha
belonged to the various regions of ancient Kamarupa
kingdom or present Assam
. Charyapada is also the oldest known written form of Kamrupi
.Chatterjee, Gita. Bengal's Swadeshi Samgīt.
Published in Banerjee, Jayasri (ed.), The Music of Bengal
. Baroda: Indian Musicological Society, 1987.
The famous Bengali
linguist Harprashad Shastri discovered the palm leaf Charyapada
manuscript in the Nepal
Royal Court Library in 1907.
In the middle of 19th century, Bengali literature gained momentum. During this period, the Bengali Pandits
of Fort William College
did the tedious work of translating the text books in Bengali to help teach... Read More