Bankim Chandra Chattejee's Publications
Inspired by Michael Madhu Sudan Dutta, Bharat Chandra, Naveen Chandra Sen and Iswar Chandra Gupta's poetry on the one hand and by the powerful pioneering prose works of Pyari Chand Mitra and Hootam Penchar Noxa and that of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, on the other, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's aspiring literary career started as a poet. Talented as he was, he soon discovered that his poetry was experimental and his natural abilities favoured prose more than poems. On a hundred years' worth of reflection after his death we can see the merit of his decision.

Most of Bankim's writings were published during his lifetime, the first in 1856 and the last in 1894, with couple of notable exceptions: Srimadvagavat Gita (1902) and Rajmohan's Wife (1935). A large number of his poems, playlets, novels and essays were first published serially in Sambad Prabhakar, Bangodarshan, Prachar and Bhromar literary periodicals. He edited the second and the third. Majority of his novels were translated into English and many other Indian languages. Bankim's contribution to and influence in Bengali and Indian literature is significant and permanent.

Here is a chronological list of Bankim Chandra's publications with short notes on each.


Much of the materials for this article was sourced from the Bankim Rachanabali (Complete Works of Bankim Chandra), Tuli-Kalam, Calcutta 1986