December 8, 2023


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Bookmarked Musing: The Rhetoric Clairaudience of the First Bengali Female Poet by Tanha Tarannum

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Tanha Tarannum writes an informative literary criticism on the First Bengali Female Poet – Chandrabati and her works.

The first known evidence of East – Bengal literature emerges from Brahminic verses, written and narrated in Sanskrit and exerted to preach the religious teachings among the population. With the ardent advancement of the European renaissance people around the subcontinent began to look at narrative prospects from a new perspective. 

But the ever-present traditions have taught them to remain devout; and although crude prejudices faded away, claiming the throne for objective literature was yet not plausible an idea. The storytellers were accustomed to poems and had not grown familiar with lengthy fiction. Every story commenced or finished with salutations to the divinity. Chandrabati, being the first Bengali poetess, opted for no exception. Despite walking the plaintive and mediocre stream, her clairvoyance and thematic presentation of 16th-century contemporary literature seem of unparallel intellect. 

Ramayana, popularly known as Chandrabati’s Ramayana, is considered to be her most prestigious work. This version of Ramayana is mostly an elegy for Rama’s wife, Sita.   However, this article is an endeavor to explore the cleverest of Chandrabati’s narrations, “Kenaram: The Robber Chief”, and shed light on its subject matter from a critical philosophy. 

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