Issue No. 76 (Nov-Dec 2017)

Sankha Ghosh receiving the Jnanpith Award from President, Pranab Mukherjee.

The Feature curated by Angshuman Kar, Contributing Editor, covers various aspects of his life, work and philosophy. Of special interest are – a conversation with the literary giant… and articles by his daughter Sravanti Bhowmik and other eminent writers, besides 24 of his poems in translation.   >>>


“One must expand the possibilities of communal harmony in every possible way… In reality what I see is that our politics is tampering with such possibilities in every sphere of life. The government is keen on isolating one community from another…”—says Sankha Ghosh in an interview with Sumanta Mukhopadhyay & Sandipan Chakraborty.   (FEATURE ON SANKHA GHOSH)

“How does a poet walk? Like any other human being the poet lifts a foot as she brings the other down. Most of us notice the lift and the step, as though these were two distinct actions, knowing full well that these are but phases of the same bodily movement,”—writes Swapan Chakravorty as he dissects Sankha Ghosh’s poetry to show the link between two Sankhas.  (FEATURE ON SANKHA GHOSH)

“One of Sankha Ghosh’s major inputs to the study of nitty-gritties involved in the making of poems in Bangla is the introduction of the memorable metaphor, ‘veranda.’”—writes Sibaji Bandyopadhyay in his insightful analysis of Sankha Ghosh’s exploration of the metaphor of ‘veranda’ vis-á-vis vers libre in his Chhander Veranda. (FEATURE ON SANKHA GHOSH)

Maitri Baruah gives us an excellent insight into the Baan theatre of Assam and the revolutionary practice introduced by Jyotiprasad Agarwala. Her reading presents an interesting perception of the aesthetics of Assamese Gana Natya (people’s theatre). (LITERARY SECTION)

Kinshuk Majumdar presents an interesting comparative reading of three novels by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, Rabindranath Tagore and Amitav Ghosh respectively in order to illustrate how the novel in India has often been an instrument of protest against the state. (LITERARY SECTION)

Childhood comes alive in the colours of camaraderie and blitheness, as portrayed by Chandrayee Bhattacharyya in ‘Pet Peacock.’  Traversing through crop fields, Shaal forests and tribal hamlets of Santhals, we join Khoka & his friends on a Sunday hitch hike in quest of pea hen’s eggs. (FICTION)      

‘Etchmi’s Day’ effortlessly sketches the rural landscape of Kerala with its evocative narration. A sequel to Rithwik Bhattathiri’s compelling fiction ‘The Night Summons’ (Issue 74, Annual Fiction Bonus), this beautiful story has the scent of earth and frangipani flowers. (FICTION) 

A “story of the resilience, courage, love and patience of one woman as experienced and perceived by another who is none but her own daughter” in the Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel Mai – Silently Mother by Geetanjali Shree. Reviewed by Paromita Sengupta. (BOOK REVIEWS)

Story of Pallavi, a bar dancer and harlot… smart and ethical. Without Prejudice: Epic Tale of a Mumbai Bar Dancer by Devasis. Reviewed by Sagarika Dash. (BOOK REVIEWS).

Rahul Reddy, a medical practitioner by profession, is a passionate artist, who digs deep into mythological lore for his inspired, mystical art-work using different mediums. Twelve of his works of art featuring Gods and Goddesses are presented in ART GALLERY.

Multifaceted artist-poet Sarita Chouhan explores the form and formless in her ‘Sea Poems’:

Bright red sari in silk / engulfed in the sand / wet and half visible /
I can hear from it / Silent prayers / Solemn rituals /uneven heart-beats ...

(Read on in Poetry section)


This Issue of Muse India is sponsored by Ambika Ananth.

Past Issues

Issue:75:Jnanpith Laureate C Narayana Reddy

Issue:74:Fiction Bonus

Issue:73:Derek Walcott Sufism & Sufi Literature

Issue:72:Tamil Writing

Issue:71:Indian English Poetry

Issue:70:Goan Literature in Portuguese

Issue:69:Translations/Transcreations Kashmiri Poetry

Issue:68:Power & Fear of Pen