Little magazine movement

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This article is about the Indian languages movement. For broader treatment, see Little magazine.

The little magazine movement originated in the 1950s and 1960s in many Indian languages like Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam and Gujarati, as it did in the West, in the early part of the 20th century.[1][2][3]

In 2012 with the emergence of Tinpahar and its various programs to support and provide voice to similar literary, cultural studies on Internet has opened up greater scope for the "little magazine movement". For the first time "little magazines" are reaching out to a global audience. Tinpahar has launched a Tamil Tinpahar project to reconnect with the rich Tamil cultural legacy. Tinpahar, which is already published in Bengali and English would soon be published in Tamil. Presently Tinpahar is looking forward to widen its network accommodating other 'bhasha literatures' ( regional languages).[4][5]

Little magazine movement in Marathi[edit]

Little magazines of 1955 to 1975[edit]

The avant-garde modernist poetry burst upon the Marathi literary world with the poetry of B. S. Mardhekar in the mid-forties. The period 1955–1975 in Marathi literature is dominated by the little magazine movement. It ushered in modernism and the Dalit movement. In the mid-1950s, Dilip Chitre, Arun Kolatkar and their friends started a cyclostyled Shabda. The little magazine movement spread like wild fire in the 1960s with hundreds of ephemeral to relatively longer lasting magazines including Aso, Vacha, Lru, Bharud and Rucha. The movement brought forth a new generation of writers who were dissatisfied with the Marathi literary establishment which they saw as bourgeois, upper caste and orthodox. Ashok Shahane was the pioneer of the little magazine movement in Marathi in the 1960s. The writers such as Dilip Chitre, Arun Kolatkar, Namdeo Dhasal, Tulsi Parab, Bhalchandra Nemade, Manohar Oak, Bhau Padhye, Vilas Sarang and Vasant Abaji Dahake came to prominence with the movement. Their writing is non-conformist and non-populist. The little magazine movement of the 1960s ran out of steam in the mid-1970s. A representative translation of many poets of this period has been done by Dilip Chitre.[6]

Little magazines of the 1990s and 2000s[edit]

The economic reforms of the nineties in India ushered in an era of liberalization, privatization and globalization in Indian society. The boom in the telecommunications sector, cable and satellite television and digital revolution came in tandem with these economic reforms and deeply affected Indian society and culture. Mumbai, being the economic capital of India, felt the overwhelming force of these dramatic changes. Little magazines resurfaced in this period. Abhidhanantar, Shabdavedk, Saushthav and later on Aivaji, Khel, Anaghrat, and Navakshar Darshan burst upon the scene. The poets such as Manya Joshi, Mangesh Narayanrao Kale, Hemant Divate, Sanjeev Khandekar, Saleel Wagh and Sachin Ketkar who emerged from these little magazines of the 1990s bear witness to the social and cultural transformation, writing with a sensibility that is different from the generation that emerged from the movement of the 1960.[7]

Bengali little magazine movement[edit]

Early 20th century[edit]

In Bengali literature, it started with Kallol, a modernist movement magazine, established in 1923. The most popular among the group were Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899–1976), Mohitlal Majumder (1888–1952), Achintyakumar Sengupta (1903–1976), Satyendranath Dutta (1882–1922), and Premendra Mitra (1904–1988). Then Bengali poetry got into the brightest light of modernism in the 1930s, through the movement of a few other little magazines, such as Buddhadeb Bosu's Kabita and Sudhindranath Datta's Parichay.


Krittibas first appeared in Kolkata in 1953. It played a highly influential role in the Kolkata literary scene in the decades after Indian independence, and provided a platform for young, experimental poets, many of whom went on to become luminaries of modern Bengali poetry. The editors of the inaugural issue in July 1953 were Sunil Gangopadhyay, Ananda Bagchi and Dipak Mazumdar. Gangopadhyay later became sole editor, and indeed it is his name that is most closely associated with the magazine. Others who also edited the magazine at one point or another included Shakti Chattopadhyay, Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay and Samarendra Sengupta. The Phanishwarnath Renu issue of the magazine was edited by Samir Roychoudhury. During 1961-65 several poets left the magazine and joined the Hungryalist Movement.

Hungry Generation and anti-establishment movements[edit]

The little magazine explosion in West Bengal took place after 1961 when the Hungry Generation Movement took the cultural establishment by storm. In fact it changed not only the types of publication but also the naming of magazines. The Hungry Generation Movement aimed at waging a war against the literary establishment and the decadent society in general. Prominent figures included Malay Roy Choudhury, Subimal Basak, Tridib Mitra, Samir Roychoudhury, Falguni Roy, Subon Acharjo, Pradip Choudhuri, Subhas Ghosh, and Basudeb Dasgupta.

There are other Bengali Writers who raised their voice against the establishment but did not join the Hungry generation Movement. Most notable among them is the maverick writer Subimal Mishra. Other experimental writers who mostly wrote in little magazines include Kamal Kumar Majumdar, Amiyabhushan Majumdar and Udayan Ghosh.

'Kaurab' Cult[edit]

Some major changes occurred in the 1970s in the Bengali little magazine movement, chiefly around Kaurab, a literary and cultural magazine nearly four decades old. Prime cult-figures of Kaurab are: Swadesh Sen, Kamal Chakraborty (original editor), Barin Ghosal, Debajyoti Dutta, Pranabkumar Chattopadhyay, Shankar Lahiri, Shankar Chakraborty and Aryanil Mukhopadhyay (present editor). In international scenario Bengali poetry has been represented by Kaurab poets like Subhro Bandopadhyay, (present assistant editor).[8]


Graffiti is an independent art's collective out of Kolkata,India which started around early 90's.A new wave movement within the little magazine movement of bengali literature.The collective in which the individual is not sacrificed to the collective nor the collective to the individual.They publish books and zines both in Bengali and English and even have a bookstore in south kolkata called SHILALIPI . The pricipal GRAFFITIANS are : Subhankar Das ,Sharmy Pandey,Santanu Roy,Rajarshi P Das,Tamisrajit Bandopadhay,Arunabh Banerjee,Abhisek Chakraborty ,Somnath Bosu Thakur etc

New Poetry (Natun Kabita)[edit]

Since the mid-1980s Bengali iterature experienced a new genre of Bengali poetry called New Poetry . From the early 1990s with impetus from a Kolkata-based poetry journal Kabita Campus, New Poetry has begun to gain immense acclaim from the young contemporary poets of Bengal. In 2003 some poets of this genre have started a journal named Natun Kabita containing their ideas and poems, through both online and print media. . Poets associated with this literary movement are: Barin Ghosal, Ranjan Moitro,Swapan Roy, Dhiman Chakraborty, Alok Biswas, Pronob Pal, Saumitra Sengupta, Rajarshi Chattopadhyay, Atanu Bandopadhyay, Rajatendra Mukhopadhay,Pradip Chakraborty are the poets who joined this movement in the mid-1990s.

New Age (New Century)[edit]

In West Bengal the first decade of this century (2001–10) is considered to be the period of a New Age little magazine movement. The magazines prominent in this period are: Meghjanmo(মেঘজন্ম),Aahir (আহির),Sanjhbati(সাঁঝবাতি), Lalon(লালন),Joydhak(জয়ঢাক), Nabamanab(নবমানব), Bodhshabdo(বোধশব্দ), VAPRA, Pratishedhak(প্রতিষেধক), GhoMosh, Lemosh, snO yI, Abosardanga, Ashtray, Somoyer Shobdo(সময়ের শব্দ),"ebRo khebRo rong", "resurrection","deowal","aachhi","jatnaghar","mahool","daur","batighar","Kaw (Arani)/ Kobia","uttar etihas"," craker","tabu abhiman","manthan","adorer nouka","elora" "duende", Sutorang, point blank range, Sarbonam 'Hiranyagarva' "Kakkhapath", "Ekti Ujwal Mach" "Shunyo Degree" "Bakyorachona","Vish (Na Amrit Na Biss)".

2nd decade (2011–present)

The magazines prominent in this period are : "Eksho Ashi Degree"(একশো আশি ডিগ্রী), "Jatnoghor"(যত্নঘর ), "Bohmian"(বোহেমিয়ান ), "Kalkotha"(কালকথা ), "Angick" etc.

Prominent figures rising from the period are: Somabrata Sarkar, Selim Mallik, Sabyasachi Majumdar, Sabyasachi Hazra, Prabir Chakraborty, Rajdip Roy, Rangeet Mitra, Anirban Batabyal, Atanu Singha, Krishnendu Mukherjee, Sambit Basu, Sanghamitra halder, Souptik Chakraborty, Chandan Bangal, Arup Ghosh, Somtirtha Sarkar, Susnato Chowdhury, Sanjhbati, Saurav Chattopadhyay, Sayan Sarkar, Atindriyo Chakraborty, Debanjan Adhikary, Arunava Chatterjee, Sohom Nandi, Joydeep Dam, Atri Bandopadhyay, Animikh Patra, Ratul Pal, Rohon Kuddus, Himadri Mukhopadhyay, Biswadip Dey, Debabrata Kar Biswas, Aritra Sanyal, Dipangshu Acharya, Sreetama Bhattacharya, Manidipa Sinha, Somtirtha Nandi, Ritam Sen, Somnath Ghosal, Swadesh Mishra, Alokparna Acharya, Arko Chattopadhyay, Arpan Chakraborty, Argha Datta Bakshi, Ripon Fio, Sumit Sikdar, Subha Adhya, Kumaraditya Sarkar, Tanmoy Ray, Shreeja Bhattacharya, Sujit Patra, Ripan Arya, Kishaylay Thakur, Shayak Mukhopadhyay, Sukriti, Shreyoshi Chowdhury, Shreemoyee Bhattacharya, Subanta Kumar Dankua, Jubin Ghosh, Sanjoy Rishi, Arup Palmal, Biswajit Roy, Subhodip Roy, Gouranga Das, Torsha Bandopadhya, Mujibar Ansary,Soumen Mukhopadhay,Anamoy Kalindi, Manthan Modak, Niramoy Mudi, Rajib Ghosal, Sunny Sarkar, Subrata Saha, Subhankar Paul, Arjun Bandopadhyay Joyshila Guha Bagchi, Rajni Palme Dutt, Manik Saha, Abhisek Chakraborty,Rohan Bhattacharya,Manisha Mukherjee, Anindya Sundar Roy, Abhirup Bandopadhay,Rajarshi Mazumder, Proloy Mukherjee, Anirban Chattopadhay, Bapi gyne ,Salim Mandal and Suman Sadhu.

Postmodern Bengali poetry[edit]

Samir Roychoudhury and Prabhat Choudhuri heralded a new phase in Bengali poetry known as Postmodern Poetry with the launching of Haowa#49 and Kabita Pakshik respectively.

Little Magazine Library and Research Centre[edit]

There is a Little Magazine Library and Research Centre at 9, Tamer Lane (run by Sandip Dutta since 1978), Kolkata-700009, India, which collects Bengali little magazines published anywhere in the world.

Midnapore Little Magazine Library[edit]

Midnapore Little Magazine Library – A digital library for little magazines of East and West Medinipur district. Information about more than 600 little magazines published from Medinipur District, from the year 1870 to now.[9]

Sahitya Academy[edit]

The Sahitya Akademi (Indian Academy of Letters) also publishes two literary journals, namely Indian Literature in English and Samkalin Bhartiya Sahitya in Hindi. However they cannot be considered as "little magazines" as they have state support and appear regularly.[10] A prime example of this continuing tradition is The Little Magazine, published from New Delhi since May 2000.,[11] Civil Lines and Yatra [12]


In January 2014, little magazine movement got a new way to spread their voice. Arunava Chatterjee, a Kolkata-based IT Entrepreneur and writer, formed Grasshoppers! - the first ever e-Commerce website for selling little magazines online along with one of the most eminent magazine Ekak Matra. It is already actively spreading in different areas across the world with a strong delivery backbone.

Literary Bengali little magazines in India[edit]

  • Tinpahar —Dedicated to Bangali Literature(Bilingual)
  • - BENGALI poetry and serious socioeconomic topic based little magazine published from Baghbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • "Aamon"- Abengali little magazine
  • Abhidhanantar-Marathi little magazine
  • Aadorer Nauka-Bengali little magazine

Ababhas Bengali little magazine.

  • Baundule-Bengali little magazine
  • Bodhshabdo-Bengali little magazine edited by Susnato Chowdhury (mainly on poetry and the culture of poetry)
  • Birutjatio
  • Abhiyakti - Hindi literary magazine Online.
  • Aanubhuti - Monthly Hindi poetry and literary magazine
  • Aikya-Quarterly Bengali Literary and Cultural Magazine
  • Amritalok-An influential Bengali Literary and Cultural Magazine
  • Bharat Darshan - Hindi literary magazine [13]
  • Crimson Feet Magazine - Bimonthly journal for writers and poets from the Indian sub-continent.[14]
  • Civil Lines - English literary magazine
  • Diyala - Bilingual(Bengali and English) online magazine for under 16 age group
  • Darpan - Literary Magazine.
  • Dotara - Literary Magazine.
  • Duende - Bengali little magazine.
  • Drighangchoo
  • EKAK MATRA - Bengali little magazine.
  • Ebro Khebro Rong - Bengali little magazine.
  • Guruchandali - Bengali e-zine
  • Graffiti - A Bengali little magazine that repeatedly promoted hungrialist movement & literature as well as postmodern literary movement, Graffiti has contributed a part of it in the field of translation & transcreation literature.[15]
  • HindiElm - Quarterly Hindi literary magazine
  • Haowa 49 - Quarterly Bengali Magazine of changing poetry and literary theories.
  • Hatpakha - [ISSN 2321-3035] Online Magazine (Bengali English)
  • Itykatha - Bengali Magazine of potery, stories and lot more.[16]
  • Joydhak - Quarterly Bengali Magazine for children
  • Kaw- An Ism-breaker, poem-eater, unpredictable, vagary, irregular Bengali little magazine (2009) published from Hooghly, West Bengal. The name Arani is changed from 2013. Now it is Kaw (Bengali letter- ক ), a production company itself. There is another baby Production of it, named KOBIA (a smart handmade literary journal).
  • Kahani - A South Asian literary magazine for children.
  • Kaurab - Perhaps the most influential of the contemporary Bengali little magazines with both online and print editions.
  • Kledaja Kusum - an exceptional poetry magazine of West Bengal
  • Kavya Bharati - An annual journal, The Study Centre for Indian Literature in English and Translation
  • - A Telugu monthly magazine for Children (Available both in Print and online).
  • Kritya- A bilingual journal of international poetry.-
  • Maadhukari - Online Bengali literary magazine
  • Meghadutam - Online magazine on literature and poetry
  • Natun Kabita - The Bengali little magazine promoting the 'Notun Kobita' or new poetry movement, newest literay movement in Bengali
  • Nabamanab - Bi-monthly Bengali little magazine edited by Enamul Kabir.
  • Abosardanga - A contemporary Bengali Little magazine gaining immense popularity
  • Parabaas - a Bengali literary e-zine
  • Patrika - Online Bengali literary magazine
  • PostMan-Bangla little magazine. Published from Kolkata.
  • - A Telugu literay web magazine
  • Pratishedhak - A new little magazine run by a young group of new-age writers in Kolkata
  • Punjabielm - Quarterly Punjabi literary magazine
  • Purwai - London-based quarterly magazine on Indian languages
  • - A Telugu web magazine on the world of books
  • Sangket - Quarterly Bengali Web Magazine published by WECAN SOCIETY[17]
  • Sambit - Oriya literary magazine
  • Somoyer Shobdo - Kolkata-based Bengali little magazine dedicated to fostering new talents. Edited by Argha Roy and Kumaraditya Sarkar.[18]
  • The Brown Critique - Literary quarterly for Indian writings in English.
  • The Journal of The Poetry Society (India )
  • The Little Magazine - English literary magazine
  • Udgam - a literary Hindi magazine.[19]
  • Ultodurbin - Tetra-monthly Bengali little magazine from Kolkata, India.[20]
  • UrduElm - Quarterly literary magazine [21]
  • Utsab - Bengali literary magazine
  • Yugantar Punjab - online Punjabi literary magazine.
  • Kledaja kusum - Quarterly Bengali poetry magazine.
  • Vapra - Bengali little magazine....
  • Resurrection - Bengali little magazine....
  • Purba (ISSN 2229 6344) - a literary and cultural magazine, started publishing from 2005 from Medinipur of west Bengal.

Swasthyer Britte - Bengali little magazine fully focused on health and its relationship with MNCs, state power and more.