|Festivals of Bangladesh
ISBN 984 8127 09 7 1996 152pp 215x136mm HB Tk.300.00 US$23.00
In The Festivals of Bangladesh Muntassir Mamoon reports from a variety of flash points across Bangladesh. Getting out on to the streets to get beyond the rituals, Mamoon paints a radical portrait of the struggles, hopes and needs of the people. The ‘Other Bangladesh’: religious festivals: Eid, Muharram, Janmastami, Durga Puja New year all are powerfully portrayed as the festivals where ‘high’ versus ‘low’ culture is intertwined, in which artists and common men, religious devotees and intellectuals, all striving in various ways to genuinely popular Culture.
Muntassir Mamoon (b.1951) was born in Dhaka, did his M.A. and Ph.D from Dhaka University. Currently he is a professor in the Department of History Dhaka University.
He is eminently known as a historian and also a writer. He has written a number of books in the different branches of literature. He is a recipient of many awards, Bangla Academy Award is one of them. His important research publications are: Unish Satake Bangladesher Sangbad – Samyik Patra (12 vols), Unish Satake Purba-Banger Samaj, Unish Satake Bangladesher Theatre O Natok, Smriti-Bismsritir Nagar – Dhaka, Inside Bureaucracy: Bangladesh (co-author) and Civil Society in Bangladesh (co-author).
English translations of Muntassir Mamoon’s Bangladesher Utshab was originally published in Bangla. Translated by Rajoshi Ghosh.