Author(s): Swapan Banerjee, Bhaswati Samaddar


DOI: 10.5958/2321-5828.2020.00053.4   

Address: Swapan Banerjee1*, Bhaswati Samaddar2
1Department of Nutrition, Seacom Skills University, Kendradangal - 731236, Birbhum, West Bengal, India.
2P.G in Dietetics and Food Service Management, IGNOU, Behala - 700060, West Bengal, India.
*Corresponding Author

Published In:   Volume - 11,      Issue - 4,     Year - 2020

Bangladesh was an integral part of India but separated in 1947. Despite the separation, there is always having a similar culture, lifestyles, food habits, particularly among the people of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The similarity between Bangladesh and Bengal is that everyone likes here typical Bengali music, dance, drama, cinema, reading various novels in addition to diverse literature, arts, painting, and sculpturing. Nurturing the culture is almost every family's tradition, whether as an extra-curriculum activity for a student or self-interest for an adult member. It looks like Bengalis understand, feel, interact, argue, and at last express the cultures in their daily activities. Performing art and cultures are well-practiced since childhood till the last breath in both the places among the majority of the Bengali families. As a result, the great poets, artists, singers, and novelists who are not only making proud the Bengali community but all over the world through their brilliant works. Since March 2020, the world has been facing tremendous health crises and challenges in various sectors due to Covid-19. India and Bangladesh are also a badly affected country like other suffering countries. The risk of infection is more here due to the population (1.38 billion). Similarly, West Bengal, a state in India, was figured at 10.09 cr. Bangladesh showed 16.5 cr. population by the end of 2019. Despite the present pandemic caused by the coronavirus, Bengali and Bangladeshi are still following their tradition of cultures by maintaining the physical distancing. Both the states have been performing and celebrating their arts and cultures, including Rabindra Jayanti (Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore) at home during the lockdown and few virtual celebrations even in unlocking phases. Hence, cultural aspects are bridging the two places even in the COVID-19 crisis, not offline but online, just because of the deterministic attitude of the people towards inherited cultures.

Cite this article:
Swapan Banerjee, Bhaswati Samaddar. Similarities and Celebrations of culture between Bengal and Bangladesh during the Covid-19 phases. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020; 11(4):341-344. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2020.00053.4

1.    Art and Culture. Accessed on 15th September 2020
2.    Mohammada, Malika (2007). The foundations of the composite culture in India, Aakar Books. ISBN 81-89833-18-9.
3.    Bauman, Chad M. (2016). "Faith and Foreign Policy in India: Legal Ambiguity, Selective Xenophobia, and Anti-minority Violence". The Review of Faith and International Affairs. 14(2): 31–39.
4.    Cultural History of India. (2005). New Age International Limited Publications. p.3. ISBN 978-81-224-1587-2.
5.    Heitzman, James. "India: A Country Study". US Library of Congress. Retrieved 26th December 2012.Accessed on 20th September.
6.    Reeves, Philip (5th April 2007). "Calcutta: habitat of the Indian intellectual". National Public Radio. Accessed on 20th September 2020.
7.    Mukherjee Pandey, Jhimli (1st November 2008). "Presidency old-timers to relive days of canteen adda". Times of India. Accessed on 20th September 2020.
8.    Mohammad Daniul Haq and Aminur Rahman (2012). "Bangla Literature". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. Accessed on 22nd September 2020.
9.    Sen, Sukumar (1991, reprint 2007). Bangala Sahityer Itihas, Vol.I, (in Bengali), Kolkata: Ananda Publishers, ISBN 81-7066-966-9, pp.105-10. Accessed on 22nd September 2020.
10.    Tagore, Rabindranath; K. Stewart, Tony (Translation); Twichell, Chase (Translation) (2003). The lover of God. Port Townsend, Wash.: Consortium Book Sales and Dist. p. 94. ISBN 978-1556591969.Accessed on 22nd September 2020.
11.    "Man of the series: Nobel laureate Tagore". The Times of India. Times News Network. 3rd April 2011. Accessed on 22nd September 2020.
12.    Das, Sisir Kumar, ed. (2003). Samsad Bangla Sahityasangi [Samsad Companion to Bengali Literature] (in Bengali) (1st ed.). Kolkata: Sahitya Samsad. p. 189. ISBN 81-7955-007-9.
13.    Adhya, Hemanta Kumar (2001). Rajshekhar Basu. Bharatiya Sahityakar Pustakmala (in Bengali) (1st ed.). Kolkata: Sahitya Akademi. 41-45.
14.    "The Bauls of Bengal". Folk Music. Bengal Online. Accessed on 22nd September.
15.    Sanjukta Dasgupta; Chinmoy Guha (2013). Tagore-At Home in the World. SAGE Publications. p. 254. ISBN 978-81-321-1084-2.
16.    Jump up to: a Dasgupta, Anirban (2001), "Rabindra-Sangeet as a Resource for Indian Classical Bandishes", Parabaas (published 15th July 2001). Accessed on 22nd September.
17.    Ghosh, Bhaswati (2011), "Inside the World of Tagore's Music", Parabaas (published August 2011). Accessed on 22nd September.
18.    Monish R. Chatterjee (13th August 2003). "Tagore and Jana Gana Mana". "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16th June 2015. Accessed on 22nd September.
19.    Urban, Hugh B. (2001). Songs of ecstasy tantric and devotional songs from colonial Bengal. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-19-513901-3.
20.    Tagore, Rabindranath; K. Stewart, Tony (Translation); Twichell, Chase (Translation) (2003). The lover of God. Port Townsend, Wash.: Consortium Book Sales and Dist. p. 94. ISBN 978-1556591969.
21.    Bhattacharjee, S.; Thomas, C. J. (2013). Society, Representation and Textuality: The Critical Interface. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-81-321-0953-2.
22.    Dharwadker, Aparna Bhargava (2005). Theatres of Independence: Drama, Theory, and Urban Performance in India Since 1947. University of Iowa Press. p. 440. ISBN 0-87745-961-4.
23.    Cucinotta, D., and Vanelli, M. (2020). WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic. Acta Biomedica, 91(1), 157–160.
24.    The Lancet. (2020). India under COVID-19 lockdown. The Lancet, 395(10233), 1315. Accessed on 22nd September.
25.    Emergency, P. H., Concern, I., and Health, M. (2020). Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak. March, 1–6.
26.    Naja, F., and Hamadeh, R. (2020). Nutrition amid the COVID-19 pandemic: a multi-level framework for action. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
27.    Banerjee, S., and Samaddar, B. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Overweight Typically Managed by Easy Diet Planning- A Mini Review. International Journal of Technology, 10(1), 19–22.
28.    WHO. (2017). Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, August, 1–30.
29.    Banerjee, S., Srivastava, S., and Giri, A. K. (2020). Possible nutritional approach to cope up COVID-19 in Indian perspective. Advance Research Journal of Medical and Clinical Science, 06(06), 207–219.
30.    Emergency, P. H., Concern, I., and Health, M. (2020). Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak. March, 1–6.
31.    Research (IEDCR), Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and. (in Bengali). Accessed on 22nd September 2020.
32.    Banerjee, S. (2020). Uses of technologies and social media for diet and exercise awareness among obese, hypothyroid, and pre-diabetic women – A case study in West Bengal. Journal of Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, 12(3), 4682–4688.
33.    International, Z., Zogby, J., Bruce, J., President, V., Administrator, S., Wittman, R., President, V., Editor, M., Blueshield, E. B., and Paris, M. (2004). A Study of Exercise, Eating Habits and Obesity Rates Among Upstate New Yorkers.
34.    Naja, F., and Hamadeh, R. (2020). Nutrition amid the COVID-19 pandemic: a multi-level framework for action. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
35.    Banerjee, S. (2020). Role of Food Companies to Supply Nutritious Foods as per Buyers Changing Lifestyles, Buying Habits and the Recent Trends. International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology, 9(3), 1062–1067.
36.    Introduction, I. (2014). A Comparative Study of Indigenous People between India and Bangladesh. 5(1), 1927–1930.
37.    Banerjee, S. (2018). A Study on Relationship between Hypothyroidism and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease among Obese Women in Kolkata Intervening with Diet. International Journal of Research and Development, 3(10), 43–48.
38.    Banerjee, S. (2020). Implementation of the vegan diet among obese hypothyroid housewives living in metro cities - A review. International Research Journal of Medical Sciences, 8(1), 21–24.
39.    ‘Bangladesh-must-act-now-to-lessen-covid-19-health-impacts’. Published on 12th April, 2020. Accessed on 22nd September 2020.

Recomonded Articles:

Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (RJHSS) is an international, peer-reviewed journal, correspondence in the fields of arts, commerce and social sciences....... Read more >>>

RNI: Not Available                     
DOI: 10.5958/2321-5828 

Recent Articles