Revisiting the Bengali Renaissance through the eyes of experts

Due to Corona pandemic situation people were stuck indoors and habituated to follow webinars only for academic and non- academic various practices during two or more years. To get back in normal people to people contact Kolkata Society for Asian Studies arrenged and organized a two day International Seminar on ‘Relevance of the Universal mission for the Bengali Renaissance for the Sustainable future of India and the World’ in collaboration with Anthropological survey of India, Kolkata and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies on 10-11 June, 2022. The program was started with Brahma Sangeet and followed by Inaugural speech by Dr Gouri Basu, Director, Anthropological Survey of India, special lecture by the Vice Chairman of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Dr Satyabrata Chakrabarti and delivered vote of thanks by Dr. Umesh Kumar, Head of Office, Anthropological survey of India.

There were parallel sessions on English, Bengali and Hindi. On the first day the discussion and panels were on Rammohan Roy, Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, Satyajit Ray and many other Renaissance man. On the second day there were panels on Kaji Najrul Islam, Rishi Arabinda, Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Sankar and many other. There were sessions on nineteenth century movement and transformation of thoughts on various philosophical, cultural and scientific ideas. Former Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University and eminent linguist Professor Pabitra Sarkar; Former President of the Asiatic Society and former Vidyasagar Chair Professor of Rabindra Bharati University Professor Pallab Sengupta; Professor Shambhunath (Director, Sahitya Academy); Member Secretary of Auro bharati, Puducherry, Dr. Kishore Tripathi; Head of the department of Hindi, Vidyasagar University Dr. Sanjoy Jaysawal; Former Dean of Arts and Professor of Dance, Rabindra Bharati University Dr. Mahua Mukhopadhyay; Professor Oishika Chakraborty of Jadavapur University and many others chaired various sessions on both of the days.

Two sessions were moderated by Dr. Debtusi Misra Chowdhuri, Assistant professor of Bengali Sarojini Naidu College and Shri Debashis Mukhopadhyay, former secretary of Aajkal. In both of the days many eminent invited National and International scholars presented papers on various topics. Professor Amiya P Sen, Fellow of Oxford Center of Studies; Ruth Harris Professor of Oxford University; Professor Sudipta Kabiraj from Columbia University; Professor Hiten Patel from Hindi Department of RBU; Professor Ram Alhad Chaudhuri from Hindi department of Calcutta University; Professor Tapati Mukherjee, Professor Sushovan Adhikari, Professor Biswajit Ray, Prof. Abhra Bose of Visva Bharati; Professor Shaktisadhan Mukhopadhyay, Professor Sibajipratim Basu, the Vice Chancellor of Vidyasagar University, Professor Urmimala Sarkar Munsi from JNU, New Delhi; Assosiate Professor Sambit Pal from International School of Broadcast Journalism MIT ADT, Pune; Film Director Sekhar Das, Professor Aloke Kumar, Writer Shri Ashish Lahiri; Artist Shri Hiran Mitra; Documentary film maker Shri Amalesh Dasgupta and many others shared their thought with many young professors and scholars of different parts of India. The valedictory address was delivered by Shri Kalyan Kumar Chakravarti, former IAS and one of the advisory body members of KSAS. The session was chaired by Professor Emeritus Ranjana Ray and vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Arpita Basu, Treasurer KSAS.

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