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Swim in the deepest corners of the early history of Bengal in the pond of iconic Bengali authors

The word Bengal or Bangla is acquired from the old realm of Vanga, or Banga. References to it come up in early Sanskrit writing, but not much is known about it from the times when it was formed and was a part of the Mauryan empire. Yet again with the decay of Mauryan power, insurgency happened. In the fourth century CE, the locale was reigned by the Gupta rule of Samudra Gupta. Later it went under the control of the Pala administration. When the British decided to capture the Indian land, Bengal was under Muslim rule — right from the rule of the Delhi Sultanate to the popular independent Muslim rulers. 

The history of the Bengali Culture

Bengal has perhaps the most evolved scholarly custom in Asia. The Bengali language developed from Old Sanskrit and Magadhi Prakrit during the reign of the Pala Empire and the Sena tradition. It turned into an important court language of the Sultanate of Bengal and ingested impacts from Arabic and Persian. The Bengali Renaissance in Calcutta adopted the simplified and standardized version of the language in the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. Rabindranath Tagore turned into the principal Bengali essayist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and was additionally a non-European Nobel laureate. Kazi Nazrul Islam became known as the Rebel Poet of British India. After the Bengal partition, a particular scholarly culture came up in East Bengal, which later turned out to be East Pakistan and Bangladesh. Works crafted by antiquated philosophers from Bengal have been protected in libraries in Tibet, China, and Central Asia. These incorporate works crafted by Atisa and Tilopa. Archaic Hindu way of thinking highlighted Sri Chaitanya's works. Sufi way of thinking left a profound impact on Islamic Bengal. Important Sufi experts were devotees of Jalaluddin Rumi, Abdul-Qadir Gilani, and Moinuddin Chishti. One of the most venerated Sufi holy people of Bengal is Shah Jalal. 

There is a famous expression 'Whatever Bengal thinks today, the Rest of India will think tomorrow. This determines what rich hereditary legacy individuals of Bengal have. Bengal has been home to incredible social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Vidyasagar. The extraordinary holy person Ram Krishna Param Hans and Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore additionally had their underlying foundations in the land of Bengal. Today, Bengalis mirror a combination of conventional qualities and present-day customs. They have a profound liking for workmanship, art, and music and for the most part support the ideals of communism. The residents of this part of the multicultural nation respect all the religions that are practiced in the country. The minority religious groups in the state comprise Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains. Fairs and celebrations structure a significant piece of the relative multitude of religions of Bengal. It is expressed that in Bengal, there is a celebration for each season, each district, and each event. Aside from the great celebrations, similar to Durga Pooja, Diwali, and Id, minor religious groups coordinate fairs at different dargahs and mandirs in West Bengal. The way of life of West Bengal is viewed as quite possibly the most extravagant culture in India. Aside from bragging about its massive commitment to the independence movement of India, the state additionally assumes the acknowledgement for being the trailblazer of cosmopolitan culture in the country. Throughout the long term, the way of life of West Bengal has arisen as the ideal mix of innovation and customs. 


Q1. What makes Bengali culture and history unique?

Bengal has a rich practice of harmony and brotherhood in light of shared language and love for food. All around the state, one can see solidarity irrespective of class, caste, creed, gender, and religion.

Q2. How did the Bengali language develop?

The advancement of Bangla might be segregated into three verifiable stages: Old Bangla, Medieval Bangla, and Modern Bangla. The earliest illustration of old Bangla is to be tracked down in the sonnets of the charyapada. Shri Krsna Kirtan of Shri Krsna Sandarbha of Baru Chandidas is an illustration of medieval Bangla. Bangla acquired words like tatsama and tadbhava from Sanskrit,  English, and different dialects in the modern Bangla stage.