History of a distinct culture

Print edition : February 01, 2019

Traditional drummers perform during the unveiling of a kilometre-long street “alpona” ahead of Durga Puja festivities in Kolkata in 2017. Although “alpona” has remained a largely private and domestic art in West Bengal, alpona covering long stretches of roads has been iconic of Bengali nationalism based on a linguistic identity in what is now Bangladesh for close to half a century. Photo: PTI

The meticulously researched book covers a whole gamut of themes, touching upon many aspects of the cultural history of Bengal.
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