Historical Dictionary of the Bengalis
The Bengali (Bangla) speaking people are located in the northeastern part of South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh and two states of India – West Bengal and Tripura. There are almost 246 million Bengalis at present, which makes them the fifth largest speech community in the world. Despite political and social divisions, they share a common literary and musical culture and several habits of daily existence which impart to them a distinct identity. The Bengalis are known for their political consciousness and cultural accomplishments
The Historical Dictionary of the Bengalis provides an overview of the Bengalis across the world from the earliest Chalcolithic cultures to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 750 cross-referenced dictionary entries on politicians, educators and entrepreneurs, leaders of religious and secular institutions, writers, painters, actors and other cultural figures, and more generally, on the economy, education, political parties, religions, women and minorities, literature, art and architecture, music, cinema and other major sectors. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Bengalis.
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19th century Akademi associated Award Bandyopadhyay Bangla Bangladesh Barddhaman Basu became began Bengali literature Bihar born in Kolkata Brahmo Samaj British Calcutta University called Chaitanyadeva Chandra Chaudhuri Chittagong Communist cultural Datta Delhi Dhaka University district dynasty early East India Company East Pakistan eastern Bengal elected English East India established ﬁgures ﬁlms ﬁnest ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂows founded Ganga Gaudiya Vaishnavism genre Ghosh goddess Hindu Hinduism Hugli important Indian National Congress inﬂuenced institutions Islam joined jute Khan Kolkata Krishna Kumar language large number leader literary major Mitra mosques movement Mughal Mukhopadhyay nationalist novels ofﬁcial organization Padma Pala partition of India peasants percent plays poems poet POLITICAL PARTIES popular Presidency College primarily published Purashkar Rabindranath Tagore Rahman religious River ruler Sahitya Sanskrit Shah short stories signiﬁcant social Society songs temple theater tion Tripura Twenty Four Parganas Vaishnava village Visva-Bharati West Bengal women writer wrote