The Parlour and the Street
160pp, 12 b/w and col. illus 0
ISBN : 9788170460992
Rs 395.00 (PB)
Sumanta Banerjee analyses the development of the various forms of folk culture of the urban poor in the new metropolis of Calcutta, as a fallout of the process of urbanization in the wake of the eshtablishment of the British colonial system in Bengal. Profusely illustrated with examples of contemporary street songs and popular performing arts, the book traces the beginings of tension between these urban folk cultural forms and the new culture of the Bengali elite that was Western in inspiration.
Sumanta Banerjee is a cultural historian who specializes in research into popular culture, particularly of the colonial period. His best known works include The Simmering Revolution: The Naxalite Uprising, The Thema Book of Naxalite Poetry, The Popular and the Streets: Elite and Popular Culture in Nineteenth Century Calcutta and Dangerous Outcast: The Prostitute in Nineteenth Century Bengal.