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Welcome to the website of the BANGODARSHAN SOCIETY which was formed with the objective of posting all possible available literary and musical resources of the BENGALI people on the internet affectionately called "JAGAT JORA JAAL" by the founding members of this movement This website has been started with the objective of digitising and posting the cultural resources with the help of volunteers and like minded people expected to come from all walks of life located throughout the globe. The activities are growing with time. In case you have the desire to contribute with any type of resources or managerial inputs or suggestions, Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
CALLING THE DIASPORA
Footloose in motherland - Football in otherland (obviously enjoying the kick); the globe trotting Bengali is never successful in erasing the nostalgic past of the Aatpoure homeland, town, village, para; not to mention akash batas, dhulo kada, kashphul durgapujo, michhil poster ---- bla bla bla. PAKI, Asian, brown, black:- Identity is in the eyes of a hostile beholder(host). Never sure what future has in store, never mastering the courage to get back; a few swings of the pendulam slowing down with time ends the effort. Bothersome dual identity, No community skill to forge and build up separate cultural group, there is hardly any choice. It is time to think afresh. Think for a link. A handle to the past and the future. Get involved in BANGODARSHAN. Refresh the FEEL: generate the BOND: PHIRE AAY - PHIRE AAY.         A lot of our cultural assets are with the British and some with other western countries. Substantial part of the research in language and literature has been carried out in American and British universities. Japan also has a chunk. Bengali people settled abroad and those working in western countries are in a better position to provide the technical know-how and where- withal for the large scale activities of digitizing conserving and protecting the cultural resources. The people in the fields of education, research or arts related to sangeet or sahityo would have further advantage. Please come forward.
Having or even thinking of your own spherical entity in the age of globalization is not a bad idea. But banglasphere is no creation of any imaginative fertile brain. It evolved that way, weathered the onslaughts of Turks Pathans and gradually disintegrated to what it is today, courtesy spineless Belgali Politicking and intellectual bankruptcy. The map below shows the geographical Banglasphere and the footnotes explain the connection and the lack of it.This area still forms the linguistic hinterland and the broad resource base.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
The Bengali is Known for Deceit.
Sixty Plus : JUST RIGHT
The winter periods of a sixty plus life is now more appropriately called autumn days or even more suitably termed swarnil GODHULI. There is no denying the fact, that life after sixty spans about two decades of futile or even useless existence mainly as a consumer of goods and services and in many cases as a drain to the exchequer. The days of the dominating patriarch or the benevolent parar dada or the omnipresent socialite are all gone. If the specis is at all found anywhere, the gathering fondly finds KABAB ME HADDI in the aging homo sapiens. ----- FACTS OF LIFE ------. one or two phone calls to children who prefer it short; some routine altercation with the support workers; eat, sit, TV, Bank, nap, sunset snooze, late morning yawn :- days go on; years roll by. We exist. The only purpose is to tell others that you can not write us off so easily.                 Here is a worthwhile alternative. Do something for Bangodarshan. Utilise your time for a 'CAUSE'. Get involved and feel the satisfying goodness. May be start casually and let your instincts lead you to the way ahead. Digitizing something, collecting a few more, organising small groups; start anywhere you like. Do it with a Zeal; regain the spirit of youth; feel the satisfaction of creation. No bindings - No schedule - do it at will; do it for a while. Tell others. Golden days of golden autumn twilight. E N J O Y.
DAUNTING? IT CAN BE DONE
The usual first reaction is of panic.AAA------LLLL the cultural assets? You really mean AAA-----LLL? Cool. or better cool down. Try to be reasonable and if faculties permit, be calculative. For want of reliable survey data the volume is difficult to assess. Lets agree to a basic assumption that the volume of literature including dailies and periodicals available for archiving would be around half of the total collection of the National Library Calcutta (24 - 25 Lakh). So the requirement of digitising about 12 Lakh titles each with an average of 300 pages.
PAST RECORDS: SHAMEFUL.
The National library calcutta, has been microfilming rare books for many years now and the number of titles covered is below 10,000. The recent efforts of digitizing books have been started after tendering stage. The statistics is not available and is unlikely to be enviable. At this rate they will fall far behind every year as the new collections are many times more than those covered. Asiatic society is even worse. Bangiya Sahitya Parishad simply could not come out of the nineteenth century make over. Bangla academy enjoys the pride of position i.e. address. It ends there. Kolakata and Jadavpur university does not have anybody with breadth of mind. most other libraries have entered side business: Marriage hall, Multi-Gym, and often Temporary Bazars selling Garments and accessories. Most school and college libraries have sold out old books to make room for the elevated status of the glorified teachers catapulted by the wind-fall pay hike and sharp rise in private tuition rates to match the new heights.
IDENTITY: SUITS NO ONE
Should I? Forget about flaunting the racial identity, the average Bengali is often apologetic about expressing naturally:- 'pachhe lokey kichhu bale'. Examples galore. All signs of inferiority complex and the usual Bengali slave syndrome. The upper class and upwardly mobile upper middle class are beyond racial identity, linguistic heritage and prefer seemingly 'FLEXIBLE' position, when it comes to owning the 'baggage', i.e. Bengali Traditions. The lesser mortals find it gratifying to follow the 'BAROLOK'; at least in one area they can equal the RICH. Get rid of every thing native or indigenous: Do it in a tearing hurry. Boys seem to lack the IQ to differentiate between the logical and the superficial. The youth parlance shows it all. They wear whatever the ostagars mass produce, oblivious of the main factor 'comfort and presentation'.
HOUSEWIFE: NEW FULFILMENT
Housewives, mothers or the mayer jaat to be precise. Home makers of the recent times of disintegrating homes:- the nucleus of the family which in turn is the main element of the society. Found in varying hues, packaged in wrappers of the time, the wonder of the mothers, to-be mothers and would be/could be mothers within the periphery of home is only second to GOD. All pervasive origin of all mortal feelings. SWARGADAPI GARIYASI.
EYE TEA: WHY NOT DO IT?
The much hyped I.T. revolution has one undoubted achievement. It has sucked in all the talent in the country in that huge black hole. It is for the insiders to feel the immense increase in gravity density mass etc. Those outside the closely guarded haloed brotherhood look at the reflecting glass houses and the related thaat-baat with awe and reverence. Meanwhile, everybody within the community enjoys the time and those without keep nourishing the indomitable desire to get in.