Song for Kali

Nirode Mazumdar

Translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

inspired by Ram Proshad


56pp, b/w illustrated throughout 2000

ISBN : 9788170461555

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Ramprasad(c.1720-1781) is a much-loved, much-sung mystic poet of Bengal, whose violently intimate relationship with his goddess, the awesome Kali, inspired spiritual love poetry which lives and breathes on the skin. Nirode Mazumdar, a painter whose own quest led him deep into the myths and values of his heritage, responded with visuals evoked by his passionate feeling for these fervid lyrics. A bilingual Bengali-French edition emerged, with the Bengali poetry and a French translation by the artist and his wife Marguerite, alongside the artist's drawings. Years later scholar-translator-critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak launched on a translation into English. Now, this unusual collaboration across space and time is reborn in its incarnation as a rich volume of poetry and illuminations.

Nirode Mazumdar


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, and author of numerous works including In Other Worlds (1987), The Postcolonial Critic (1990), Outside in the Teaching Machine (1993), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (1999) and Death of a Discipline (2003).

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