MAMATA Banerjee the politician has few parallels: the woman who virtually single- handedly formed a party, took on the Left behemoth in West Bengal, rode to power, and last year, handed the Modi-Shah-led BJP a crushing defeat.

Mamata Banerjee the artist virtually stands alone too: hundreds of books, countless paintings, state logos, Durga Puja song records, at least one sculpture, and thousands of posulted: ems, over 900 of these in one book alone. All this while charting the course of General Bengal’s history.

It is the book with 900 or so poems, Kabita Bitan, by the Trinamool Congress Chief Minister that is in the news currently.


A member of the Sahitya Akademi’s (Eastern Region) Council, Anadiranjan Biswas, resigned from the institution’s Bengali advisory board in protest.

The recently constituted award, honoring “relentless literary pursuit” by persons who write literature while working in other fields, was conferred on the birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranat Tagore. Mamata was present but the award was received on her behalf by State Education Minister Bratya Basu, who incidentally is the chairperson of the Akademi.