Kopai River (also called Sal River) is a tributary of the Mayurakshi River. [1 ] It flows past such towns as [2 ] Santiniketan, Bolpur, Kankalitala and Labhpur in Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a small river in dry season but overflows its banks during the monsoon. [3 ] [4 ] [5 ]
Literary association [ edit ]
The area around the river quite often has red soil, which forms ravines on the river bank with weathering and is popular as the
khoai. It has inspired literary figures in the area. It is described by [4 ] Rabindranath Tagore as follows –
amader chhoto nodi chale anke bankey
boisakh masey taar hantu jal thakey
Our small stream moves forward in bends and curves
In the month of Baisakh it only has knee deep waters
The local name of a sickle-shaped curve in the river inspired the title of the novel
(Story of the Sickle-shaped Curve) by Hansuli Banker Upakatha Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, made into a film by Tapan Sinha. [7 ] [8 ]
Archaeology [ edit ]
Microliths of crystalline stone and petrified wood from about 1250–1000 BC are found in many places in the Ajay- Kunur-Kopai river system. [9 ]
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Rivers". West Bengal Tourism . Retrieved 2009-02-14.
^ "River System". Birbhum district administration . Retrieved 2009-02-14.
^ "Birbhum". bangalinet . Retrieved 2009-02-14.
^ a b Halder, Ritam (2008-07-04). "Next weekend you can be at ...Santiniketan". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 4 July 2008 . Retrieved 2009-02-14.
^ "Kopai River". india9.com . Retrieved 2009-02-14.
^ Sahaj Path by Rabindranath Tagore
^ Mukhopadhyay Manabendra, Tarashankarer Birbhum, Paschim Banga, Birbhum Special issue, pp. 259–268, February 2005, Information and Culture Dept., Govt. of West Bengal.
^ at the Hansuli Banker Upakatha Internet Movie Database
^ "Ancient Bengal in Ancient India" . Retrieved 2009-02-14.
Coordinates: 23°51′41″N 88°01′43″E / 23.86135°N 88.028641°E