Overview for Sukumar Ray: A Legacy of Laughter
Sukumar Ray was the first humorist in Bengali literature. His witty poems, anarchic plays and hilarious stories have enchanted many generations of readers. Many phrases invented by him have become a part of the Bengali language. Sukumar Ray was a poet, writer, illustrator and publisher. His collection of poems, 'Abol Tabol', and the novel 'Ha-ja-ba-ra-la' are classics. He died at thirty six, but in his short span of writing years he gave Bengal one of its finest children's magazines, 'Sandesh'. Filling its pages with nonsense rhymes, satirical plays and magical stories, all illustrated in his unique cartoon style. Sukumar Ray introduced humour to Indian literature and his irrepressible voice still fills our lives with an innocent insanity and the unadulterated joy of laughter.
Subhadra Sen Gupta (Author)
Subhadra Sen Gupta is a well-known writer on Indian history and culture. Her books aim to capture the fascinating, vibrant and many hued aspects of the people, places and history of India. Her books include the popular Devalaya: Great Temples of India, Devi Devata: Gods & Goddesses of India, Tirtha: Holy Pilgrim Centres of the Hindus, Chaar Dhaam: A Guide to the Hindu Pilgrimages, Varanasi: A Pilgrimage to Light. And a collection of historical short stories, Waiting for Tansen.