Nineteenth Century Bengali Farces and the Comic Tradition

By Galia Umansky|May 24, 2018|Uncategorized|0 comments

Priyanka Basu A farce has often been deemed as a genre not complete in itself, but more in the form of appending a comic representation. Farces have been considered ‘lower’ in status to ‘high comedy’ primarily due to the excess of the comic body in performance and the inherent absurdities in dialogue. In 19th century Calcutta, farces—better known as prahasana—found a prolific expression both in print and on-stage. Proscenium stage

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Kautukabilāsa (Biography of Maharaja Krishnachandra Ray of Nabadwip)

By Priyanka Basu|December 19, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Kautukabilāsa by Shyamacharan Mukhopadhyay was published in 1864 from the Hindu Press in Calcutta. There were two previous editions of the same text published respectively in 1843 and 1847 from Kamalalay Press and Sambad Bhringadut Press. As the initial subtitle of the text revealed, Kautukabilāsa was primarily published as a collection of humorous stories from the life of Maharaja Krishnachandra Ray of Nabadwip in Bengal. However, the third edition of

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Welcome to the 2 Centuries of Indian Print SOAS blog!

By Farzana Whitfield|December 5, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

SOAS Library in partnership with the British Library is proud to be working on the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. Money has been received from the Newton Fund (which uses science and innovation partnerships to promote economic development and social welfare) to digitise unique material from our South Asian printed books collection. The project will digitise 4,000 early printed Bengali books as part of the British Library’s collection, amounting

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