In the mid 16th century, classical East Bengal context – after being betrayed by her fiancé – the young female writer Chandrabati exiles herself inside a Shiva Temple and resorts to re-write the great Indian epic `Ramayana’, rebelliously establishing ignored point of view of Sita- diminishing the iconic hero of the epic Rama.

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The Plot

After the betrayal of her fiancé Jayananda, the young poet Chandrabati informs her father that she will never marry again and instead, will start rewriting the Great Epic `Ramayana’ which, as she reminds him, he inspired her to do earlier. She requests her father to build her a Shiva Temple, where she would live in and continue her writings from. Set in mid-sixteenth century Eastern Bengal, `Chandrabati Kotha’ (Tales of Chandrabati) explores the elegiac life and passion of the first feminist poet of Bengali Literature – Chandrabati.

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Story Synopsis

The young daughter of a veteran poet, Chandrabati is in love with another poet Jayananda. On the eve of their marriage, Jayananda betrays Chandrabati and marries another woman in the community. The pain stricken Chandrabati resorts to choosing a passionate life of confining herself inside a Shiva Temple and vowing to rewrite the epic Ramayana. She tries to recall her early writings and decides to transform Sita – the ignored female of the epic – into the main hero.

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About Chandrabati

Chandrabati was a medieval Bengali poet, widely considered as the first woman poet of Bengali language. She is best known for her women-centered epic Ramayana. Chandrabati was born to Dij-Banshidas Bhattacharya, 1550 CE in the village of Patuyari, on the banks of the Fulesshori river in Kishoreganj which is currently located in Dhaka division of Bangladesh. Bansidas was a composer of Manasa’s ballads known as Manasar Bhasaner Gan (Manasha Mangal).


[Based on the East Bengal (Mymensingh) Ballads of the 16th Century]



`Chandrabati Kotha’ (aka Tales of Chandrabati) is our tribute to the sixteenth century pioneer poetess Chandrabati – portraying her elegiac life story and her passion for trend-setting writing. In her version of the `Ramayana’, she has retold the story of the Great Indian Epic from Sita’s perspective, ignoring the glory of its male chauvinist protagonist Rama. Being a regular disciple of her father, another legendary poet in Bangla literature, Dijabangshi Das, Chandrabati wrote her `Ramayana’ in Pala form (long balladic poems), which was practiced to be performed by the Boyatis (performers who used to sing these poems through various forms of singing, acting and reciting the story – also confirmed to be the oldest form of theatrical expressions in the region). These orally transmitted poems of hers are still recited among the women folks of the locality.


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– the East Bengal (Mymensingh) Ballads of the 16th Century

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CHANDRABATI  Chandrabati was a medieval Bengali poet, widely considered as the first woman poet of Bengali language. She is best known for her women-centered epic Ramayana. Chandrabati was born

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