15 March 2010
Yesterday was Mothers' Day here in the United Kingdom, and in light of this one item in the 'popular market' Bengali books caught my eye as I was cataloguing: janani, a book written in praise of mothers. Written and published by karttikchandra jana in 1942, it forms part of the Satyabiti Giri Collection. This Collection is important as it contains books written in the Oriya language, in Bengali script. This admixture of cultures is essentially oral and performative, and so this Collection of popular market books is a rare find and one that we hope will be of great interest to scholars of Bengali culture.
The cover of janani: