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 an historian, journalist and cultural theorist. He has been a leading public intellectual for many decades and has earlier been a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. His most recent publications include Memoirs of Roads: Calcutta from Colonial Urbanization to Global Modernization.