The Left fights against famine and communal Riots

Nripen Bandyopadhyay (b. 1929), eminent social scientist and thinker, specializing in agricultural economics, statistics and history, and lifelong Communist activist, in conversation with Samik Bandyopadhyay, offers a first-person narrative of the rise and growth of Left politics in eastern India in the years of World War II and beyond, through a militant mobilization of students, cultural figures, workers and peasants, creating its own popular base in its engagement with famine relief in 1943-44; anti-colonial protests in 1946-47; resistance to communal divisiveness and violence in 1946-47; struggle for the rights of tribals and peasants, 1946-50; the rehabilitation of post-Partition refugees, 1947-52; and trade union movements through the sixties.

The narrative has a more personal trajectory in the account of his years in prison in 1948-50 when the Communist Party is banned; and his deeply perceptive observations on the series of shifts in the political policy and agenda of the Communist movement in India, against the backdrop of developments in the world Communist movement post-20th Congress of the CPSU, and the Sino-Soviet rift.

Samik Bandyopadhyay (b. 1940), teacher, bibliophile, lexicographer, editor-publisher, a critic of the arts, is a pioneer in translations and art publishing in India. With his lifelong commitment to the aural and the printed word alike, he has been instrumental in envisioning and creating rich repository archives in the theatre and performing arts. He has single-handedly compiled an English-Bengali-English dictionary and is now working on another major dictionary project.

The Politics of Performance: Theatre, Film and the Cultural Left

The politics of performance: Theatre, film and the cultural…

This year the Indian People’s Theatre Association completes 75 years of its standing. Samik Bandyopadhyay has been closely following the movement since its formative years and has written extensively on performance in the Indian culturespace. Apart from being a film and theatre critic, he has also translated works by Badal Sircar and Mahasweta Devi.

In the second part of a two part series, Kanika Katyal of the Indian Cultural Forum talks to him about the peoples’ theatre movement, the role of the cultural left today and more.

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Talking Translation with Samik Bandopadhyay

Talking translation with Samik Bandopadhyay

Samik Bandopadhyay is a renowned critic and cultural commentator who has worked closely on film and theatre in several languages and forms, particularly Bengali and Hindi. He has translated plays and fiction by Badal Sircar and Mahasweta Devi; contributed introductions to plays by Vijay Tendulkar, G P Deshpande, and reconstructed for publication, film scripts for films made by Shyam Benegal and Mrinal Sen. More recently, he was Founder-Editor of Thema, a small publisher based in Kolkata (estab 1988).

In Part One of this two-part series of interviews, Kanika Katyal of the Indian Writers Forum spoke to the writer on his translation practices, how the project of translation could be strengthened and more.

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সাক্ষাতকার: শমীক বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় ও সৌরদীপ রায়

সাক্ষাতকার: শমীক বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় ও সৌরদীপ রায়

ইন্ডিয়ান ক্যালচারাল ফোরাম এর পক্ষ থেকে বিশিষ্ট প্রাবন্ধিক ও সমালোচক, শমীক বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের সাক্ষাতকার নিলেন সৌরদীপ রায় । 

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