The Tea Garden Journal

Somnath Hore

Translated by Somnath Zutshi


12.5 x 7.5 inches, 108pp, illustrated throughout with facsimile pages of the diary 2009

ISBN : 9788170463412

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A worker’s union movement was born in the mid-1930s in the tea gardens of Bengal, protesting the oppression of owners and managers. The struggle ranged union men, organized by the Communist Party on one side, against the owners, their thugs, the tea garden managers and the constabulary on the other. It is a tribute to the organizers and activists that they managed, despite such powerful opposing forces, to wrench concessions out of the companies.


It was to document this struggle that the Communist Party sent Somnath Hore, complete with sketchpad and journal.


This book is the result.

Somnath Hore (b. 1921, in Baroma, Chittagong) taught at Indian Art College and Delhi Polytechnic before coming to teach at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. Also Visiting Lecturer at M. S. University, Baroda, for a short time, Hore worked in various media—print-making, drawing and watercolour—before turning to sculpture in his later years. Author of Tebhaga Diary and Aamar Chitro Bhabona, Hore received the Padma Bhushan (posthumously), the Aban-Gagan Puroshkar, the Lalit Kala Ratna and the Rabindra Bharati University Award, among many others. Hore lived and worked in Santiniketan until his death in 2006. 


Somnath Zutshi was a psychonanalyst by training who studied and wrote extensively on cinema. He has also translated works by Somnath Hore and Mrinal Sen.

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