The Unfolding and Spread of Modernism in the Bengali Literature

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Kanika Chakraborty


The modernity did arrive in this country in 19th century creating a detachment from the rhizome of tradition and by that time continuity with the native culture had already been separated. The modernity which came into existence in the colonial India owing to influence of thoughts pertaining to waste was at same "indifferent to reality, adopting the past, escapist and tending to compromise". This adopted and imposed modernity was formed according to cultural and political requirements of colonialism. This very modernity which was involved in the 19th century spreading itself luxuriantly said its base into a deep or level connected with the life of Bengalis plus Bengali literature in the 20th century. When the poet Rangolal Bandopadhyay first applied  the term 'modern'in the Bengali language before 5years of the first freedom struggle of India occurred in 1857, that is about 1852, then nobody at all thought about its harrowing side. He wants to you see it as a great plan. If it is not so, why was a picture of confidence in the notion of art revealed in the orderly arrangement of his historical narrative? It needs to be mentioned in course of discussion that almost three years before  Rangolal, too,Shatubriyarn in the waist projected his thought exit- regarding 'modernity'(lamodernite), but his poetry did not contain the manifestation of that essence, yet with the arrival of globally lauded poet Charles Baudelaire in 1859, the shadow of modernism was spread over the whole of world through this anthology of poems. Without cooking the expansion of this modernity of in the Bengali literature, its steps of development need to be discussed clearly, as because all the variegated paradoxes and complexities have been in this sequentially developed modernity, and which are to be identified.

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