Banalata Sen (book)

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Banalata Sen
Banalata Sen.jpg
1952 cover designed by Satyajit Ray.
AuthorJibanananda Das
Original titleবনলতা সেন
Cover artistSatyajit Ray
SubjectLove, nature, time, etc.
Pages49 (Signet Press 1952 edition), 44 (Calcutta Writers Workshop, 2000. English translation edition)

Banalata Sen (Bengali: বনলতা সেন) is a collection of poems by Jibanananda Das.[1][2] During Das's lifetime, it was published twice: first time in Poush 1349 Bengali calendar (December 1942 AD) with a cover by Sambhu Shaha including 12 poems, and second time in Srabon 1359 Bengali calendar (1952 AD) an enlarged version with a cover by Satyajit Ray including 30 poems. Das named the volume after the poem: "Banalata Sen", one of Das's finest poems, certainly his most popular.[2] The enlarged edition published by Signet Press was awarded in 1953 at the Nikhil Banga Rabindra Sahitya Sammelan (All Bengal Rabindra Literature Convention).[3] The recurring themes in the poems of this volume are love, nature, time, temporariness of life and love, etc. Above all, a historical sense pervades everything. The names that frequent in many poems are Suchetana, Suranjana, Sudarshana and Syamali and these women are deemed above or beyond women in general. In these poems, the love Das talks about crosses the boundaries of time and place and sometimes seems impersonal too.


  1. ^ "জীবনানন্দ দাশের কবিতার সংখ্যা কত?". আলোকিত বাংলাদেশ. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  2. ^ a b Salekeen, Seraj (2018). Jibanananda Das জীবনানন্দ দাশ. Jibani Granthamal [Biography Series]. Dhaka: Kathaprokash. p. 90.
  3. ^ Kamal, Begum Aktar (2012). "Das, Jibanananda". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.