Under My Dark Skin Flows A Red River

Translations of Dalit writings From Bengal

Edited by Sipra Mukherjee, Debi Chatterjee


Stree - Samya, 2021

Language: English

430 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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'We too have our Sun', writes a woman Dalit poet, challenging the established canons of Bangla literature that resist Dalit's entry. With translations from Bengal only beginning in the twenty-first century, Dalit writings have remained largely unrepresented in the corpus of pan-Indian Dalit Literature. Yet Bangla Dalit literature has a long history: the songs of Sufis, Bauls, Fakirs and many other grass roots religious mainstream Bengal, this was a robust and popular body of oral literature from the margins. The challenges and rebellions that characterize modern Dalit literature are not unique to modernity, existing in the living tradition.

In the late twentieth century, Dalits' writings have been published by small publishers and little magazines, ushering a new vibrancy in Bangla literature. This anthology presents translations of a selection of essays, songs, poetry, short stories, extracts from autobiographies and novels as an introduction to a spirited and dynamic literature from Bengal.

Debi Chatterjee

Debi Chatterjee retired as Professor, Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University. She is the founder-editor of the journal Contemporary Voice of Dalit.

Sipra Mukherjee

Sipra Mukherjee is Professor, Department of English, West Bengal State University. She has translated Manoranjan Byapari's Interrogating My Chandal Life: Autobiography of A Dalit (Sage-Samya, 2018) which won The Hindu Non-Fiction Award, 2019. A founding member of the Centre for Studies on Borders and Movements, Kolkata, Sipra is presently archiving the local cultures of Bengal’s North 24-Parganas.