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. s: : * The Forward (9th Sept. , 193 5) i i l !;წწ.შეჭ: KGÅĞreater Bengal)-By Dr. Dinesh Chandra š*Sèn. **Publisheai by the Calcutta University. pp. 1400, -1 ፻፡] . (ጳ ... Dr. sen's contribution in the field of Bengali literature and towards the development of Bengali language, will remain ever ".." " الله brilliant in the national history of Bengal. His contributions and researches are so well-known in the province, nay in India that hardly he needs any introduction to the intelligensia of the eountry. His present book which is a big volume is a unique presentation to the people, who love. to read the glorious chapters of Bengal's contributions towards cultural development of India. The long preface of the book gives an elaborate survey of its contents and also deals with many points not included in the text. It traces the history of Greater Bengal from the pre-historic period of the Epics and closes with an account of the days of the Battle of Plassey. The illustrations which number 352 are mostly original. The figures of many of the Gupta kings enlarged from the originals found in their coins, the artistic designs and specimens of fine works of Bengali women wrought with extreme elegance, the paintings of "Maskaris' and "Pattias, indigenous art illustrated 111 beautifui mats and designs of Muslin-in the conception of various poses of men and women, 'Sankirtan'-scenes of 17th Century ado a large variety of carvings on wood and stone of various ages, above all the figures, mostly true to life of Vaisnava apostles from the time of Chaitanya down to comparatively modern times, the likeness of our saintly poet Ramprosad Sen and of his wife Ja ada Devi-of Mohanlal and Raja Nrishinga Dev and Jaynarain Ghosal and other great men sueh as Dipankur, Mahabir, Rup a11d Sanata11 are included in the pictorial illustrations of the book. The political history forms thse background of the book. The 1Iain