Women's Studies, Oral History:

With special emphasis on personal narratives and documentation from women's lives in Bengal within the home.

 
Thema Books - Janajagaraney Narijagaraney - Manikuntala Sen Manikuntala Sen Janajagaraney Narijagaraney [Manikuntala Sen Awakening People, Awaking Women – in Bengali]
Hb. 14.5 x 22.5 cm. viii+374 pp. 18 b/w photographs. Rs. 350 ISBN 978-81-86017-78-4
A centennial publication, commemorating the centenary of Manikuntala Sen (1910-87), legendary Communist leader and legislator, and pioneering figure in the women’s movement in India, containing her autobiography, selected speeches in the State Assembly, reminiscences by colleagues, documents from secret police records.
Prachchhanner Akhyan
Rusati Sen
Thema Books - Prachchhanner Akhyan - Rusati Sen
Cover design by Ajoy Gupta. 21.5 x 14 cm. 224 pp. 2002. Pb. Bengali.
ISBN 81-86017-42-9. Rs 100.
A collection of essays on Bengali women in life, literature, theatre and film.

Thema Books - Bado Badir Chhoto Smriti - Smriti Mitra Bado Badir Chhoto Smriti
Smriti Mitra
Year 2011
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. xii + 108 pp. 16 rare b/w photos. Rs 100
ISBN 978-93-81703-04-5
Reminiscences of life in two of the most illustrious houses of North Calcutta, bringing in rare insights into a life and world of the elite that has faded into the past.
Mother of My Heart: The Story of Bivabati Bose
by Chitra Ghosh
Thema Books - Mother of My Heart: The Story of Bivabati Bose - Chitra Ghosh
Hb. 18.5 x 24.5 cm. x + 114 pp. 45 rare b/w photographs. Rs 250 ISBN 978-81-86017-71-5

A daughter’s memoir of her mother laced with sensitively recollected situation and episodes of life at home, grows into something larger and momentous, when the author happens to be the daughter of Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother and political comrade of Subhas Chandra Bose, and Bivabati Bose, all

three of them actors in their own ways in India’s struggle for freedom, and development of socialist politics in the country. The personal and political camaraderie of the Bose brothers, and how the homely Bivabati took on their mantle and come to find her own niche in politics constitute the drama at the core of the work.

Thema Books - Khada Bodi Thod - Kalyani Dutt. Edited by Rusati Sen Khada Bodi Thod
Kalyani Dutt. Edited by Rusati Sen
xxviii + 284 pp. 2012, ISBN 978-93-81703-14-4 Rs. 190
Uncollected writings of Kalyani Dutt including her poems, and unpublished writings with a detailed introduction by the editor.
Purbasmriti
Shanta Devi
Thema Books - Purbasmriti - Shanta Devi
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. viii + 178 pp. Rare b/w photographs. Rs 140. Bengali. ISBN 81-86017-61-5

This revised Thema edition brings together a rare selection of correspondence between Shanta Devi and Kalidas Nag from 1922-25, along with the author’s memoirs.

Thema Books - Torur Shwasurbadi - Jyotsna Devi Torur Shwasurbadi
Jyotsna Devi
Hb. 13 x 18.5 cm. 144 pp. Rs 100
ISBN 978-81-86017-69-2
A semi–autobiographical novelette with an accounts book from 1948-49 and a couple of stories from the same time. Rare family photographs by Parimal Goswami. A collector’s item.
Ketaki Dutta: Nijer Kathay, Tukro Lekhay [Ketaki Dutta: in her own words and fragmentary pieces]
Compiled by Samik Bandyopadhyay
Thema Books - Ketaki Dutta: Nijer Kathay, Tukro Lekhay - Compiled by Samik Bandyopadhyay
Pb. 14 x 21.5 cm. More than 30 rare b/w stills. viii + 120 pp. 2012, ISBN 978-93-81703-19-9 Rs. 130.

Ketaki Dutta reveals in her candid reminiscences her training in the theatre under the legendary Sisirkumar Bhaduri and Prova Devi; while reflecting on later acting techniques and recollecting the day to day struggles of being a performer on stage and screen.

Thema Books - Ranjabati: A Dancer and Her World: Selected Writings of Ranjabati Sircar - edited and introduced by Aishika Chakraborty Ranjabati: A Dancer and Her World: Selected Writings of Ranjabati Sircar.
edited and introduced by Aishika Chakraborty.
Year 2011
Hb. 18.5 x 24.5 cm. x+189 pp. 35 b/w and 13 colour photographs. Rs 400. ISBN 978-93-81703-03-8
A comprehensive selection of the dance writings of Ranjabati Sircar (1963-99)—essays, seminar papers, interviews, reviews, production notes; with photographs by Avinash Pasricha, Dayanita Singh, Ray Clark; and a long critical introduction by the editor.
Ashtarambha
Kalyani Dutta
Thema Books - Ashtarambha - Kalyani Dutta
Cover and other illustrations by Prakash Karmakar.
23.5 x 18 cm. 80 pp. 1997. Pb. Bengali.
ISBN 81-86017-08-9. Rs 100.
An account of how animals have been perceived in literature, the arts and popular imagination, particularly in Bengal.
Thema Books - Thod Badi Khada - Kalyani Dutta Thod Badi Khada
Kalyani Dutta
Cover and other illustrations by Purnendu Pattrea.
23.5 x 18 cm. 132 pp. 2011. Hb. Bengali.
ISBN: 978-81-86017-85-2. Rs 150.
An account of women's life and culture in Bengal in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from oral reminiscences supported by literary evidence.
Prabad Prabachan
Sabita Dutta Majumdar
Thema Books - Prabad Prabachan - Sabita Dutta Majumdar
Cover design Manasapat by Khandu Chitrakar.
18.5 x 12.5 cm. Bengali.
xviii + 70 pp. 2012, ISBN 978-93-81703-13-7 Rs. 60.
A personal collection of proverbs mainly from eastern Bengal, present Bangladesh.
Thema Books - Prabadmala - Kalyani Dutta Prabadmala
Kalyani Dutta
Cover design Manasapat by Khandu Chitrakar.
18.5 x 12.5 cm. Bengali.
88 pp. 2012, ISBN 978-93-81703-12-0 Rs. 60
A collection of proverbs and riddles from Bengal especially those used in the household.
Na-er Madhye Hyan
Champakali Basu
Thema Books - Na-er Madhye Hyan - Champakali Basu
Jacket design by Shipra Bhattacharya. 9 photographs.
19 x 13.5 cm. 76 pp. 2003. Hb. Bengali.
ISBN 81-86017-18-8. Rs 50.

Reminiscences, poems and personal writings by a woman who had never intended to publish her work.

 
     
 
 

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