Dr. Ghulam Murshid’s lecture on characteristic of Bengali culture

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, December 7th, 2017


Indira Gandhi Culture Centre organised a lecture by Dr. Ghulam Murshid, eminent writer of Bangladesh, on “Banglar Sangskritir Boishishtho” at Kabi Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The event was held on November 26.


Dr. Ghulam Murshid is a well known scholar, researcher and author of Bangladesh based in London. He started his working life as a university teacher and later worked as a BBC journalist. He is the author of a number of well-known, pathbreaking studies and has published more than twenty books from Bangladesh, India and UK. He writes both in Bengali and English and has a unique lucid style of writing that distinguishes him from many other leading authors in South Asia.


Dr. Murshid’s main areas of research are women studies, Bengali socio-cultural history, Bengali prose and Bengali literature (particularly that of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Rabindranath Tagore and Nazrul Islam). One of his first books, ‘Reluctant Debutant: Response of Bengali Women to Modernization’ (1982) was considered a pioneering work on South Asian women and was widely reviewed in international journals. He has published four books on Michael Madhusudan Dutt, including two from Oxford University Press. His Bengali biography of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, called ‘Ashar Chhalone Bhuli’ (1995), was recognized as a milestone in the Bengali biographical literature.


His book on the independence of Bangladesh, ‘Muktijuddha O Tarpor’, has been widely recognized as the most objective and authoritative account of the independence of the country. According to reviewers the book does credit to the country and takes every Bengali back to the age of idealism and struggle that once upheld a cause.

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