KRITTIBAS magazine: The Anti-Hungryalist Platform

Some researchers have a misconception, floated obviously by certain pro-establishment academicians, that KRITTIBAS magazine was associated with the Hungryalist ( Hungry Generation ) movement.

No. KRITTIBAS was never a part of the movement. In 1966 KRITTIBAS editor Sunil Gangopadhyay in his editorial made it clear that they are against the Hungryalist Movement and that they do not believe in the movement at all.

KRITTIBAS poets Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sharat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Samarendra Sengupta, Tarapada Ray etc etc were always against the movement.

AUTHORS who refused to support HUNGRYALISTS during the Trial are : Shankha Ghosh, Pabitra Sarkar, Debesh Roy, Amitava Dasgupta, Alokeranjan Dasgupta, Shantosh Kumar Ghosh, Abu Sayyed Ayyub, Saroj Mukhopadhyay etc.

The main reason why Sunil Gangopadhyay became anti-Hungryalist is the fact that he was not chosen a leader and instead his rival Shakti Chattopadhyay ‘s name was shown as leader in the first Manifesto published in 1961.  Sunil Gangopadhyay edited several anthologies of Bengali poetry but never included Hungryalist poets in them , not even that of Samir Roychoudhury, though in personal letters to Samir he always praised Samir’s poems.



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