Thema, founded in the late 1980s, is a small publishing initiative, with titles both in English and Bengali/ Bangla, focusing on and specializing in:
Radical literature in translation, featuring authors like Mahesweta Devi, Günter Grass, Wilhelm Busch, Manik Bandyopadhyay, Samaresh Basu, and poets from the Naxalite underground; with substantial introductions.
Memoiral and personal texts by actresses in theatre and cinema, exploring the interfaces of performance and gender.
Theatre and cinema and fine arts and music.
Monographs in social analysis, and on science in society.
Documentation of popular culture, proverbs, and women's lives.
Children's literature, including Indian Children's classics in English translation.
Several titles in the list are designed and illustrated by major contemporary artists like Purnendu Pattrea, Prakash Karmakar, Shuvaprasanna, Shipra Bhattacharya, Tapan Bhattacharya, and Günter Grass.
Authors and translators include Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Ratnabali Chatterjee, Meghnad Saha, S N Bose, P C Ray, Karuna Banerjee, Kalyani Dutta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Kumar Shahani, Mohan Agashe, Sova Sen, Ustad Alladiya Khan, C V Raman, P C Mahalanobis, Debiprasad Chattopadhyay, Alokeranjan Dasgupta.