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Joydhak Workshop at Devipur, in the Sunderbans – May’30, 2010.

Fifty Kilometers away from Joynagar railway station in the district of South 24 Parganas of the Indian state of West Bengal, there flows a river called Thakurani. One of its banks is covered under the dense canopy of mangroves and on the other bank, surrounded almost on all sides by the various branches of Thakurani as well as by the main river itself, stands a village called Devipur.

Devipur is a very interesting place. Its one of the frontier human settlements standing between the civilized world of mainstream Bengal and the menacing Sunderbans and thus has to serve two masters for survival. The two masters , the nature on one side and the human ‘civilization’ on the other, function at two completely different levels, both equally inscrutable and unpredictable. JOYDHAK WORKSHOP AT DEVIPUR >

The continuous subjugation to two such different , difficult and demanding masters has left an indelible stamp on the entire settlement. It’s a study in contrasts. People discuss the latest nabbing of a burglar or nabbing of a tiger on the village grounds in the same pitch as if there’s no difference between the two.

On 30th May 2010 a Joydhak  Team began the experiment of strengthening these people from inside through its first workshop at Devipur. The work will continue now. Read the detailed report on the workshop at the following link: JOYDHAK WORKSHOP AT DEVIPUR >



জয়ঢাকের ১০ম আন্তর্জাল সংখ্যা (বর্ষা ২০১০) প্রকাশিত হল।

জয়ঢাকের ১০ম আন্তর্জাল সংখ্যা প্রকাশিত হল। আগের সংখ্যাগুলোর মতই এই সংখ্যাটিও সাজানো হয়েছে গল্প, কমিকস, ছড়া উপন্যাস ও আন্যান্য নিয়মিত ফিচারে। কিছু উল্লেখ্য বিষয়ঃ


Bengali Movie AGUNPAKHI (2010) from the director of Mon Amour Shesher Kobita Revisited (2008)

Mar 25, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Agun Pakhi is a Kolkata Bengali movie directed by Subhrajit Mitra starring Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Shreya Pande, Rajesh Sharma, Shantilal Mukherjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Sagnik and others.

Mon Amour Full Bengali Movie Download Watch OnlineAagun Pakhi director Shubhrajit Mitra's 2008 feature film Mon Amour: Shesher Kobita Revisited based on Rabindranath Tagore's compositions received critical acclaim. The film has a star cast of Rituparna Sengupta, Saheb Chatterjee, Chandrei Roy Chowdhury, Tota Roy Chowdhury and more, with music directed by Kalyan Sen Barat. Mon Amour has been released online - Click Here To Watch Online or for DVD - click here to order online.

Watch a promo-preview trailer of Bengali movie Mon Amour free online.


Top Bengali Children's Magazine ICHCHAMOTI Summer 2010 Issue published

ICCHAMOTI FREE BENGALI CHILDRENS' MAGAZINEMay 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The summer 2010 issue of online Bangla e-zine Icchamnoti (www.ichchhamoti.org) for children has been released. Icchamoti and Joydhak are the two top most read popular Bengali Webzines in North America.

The editorial starts off, "সেদিন জোড়াসাঁকোর ঠাকুর বাড়িতে সাজ সাজ রব। কারো এতটুকু নিশ্বাস ফেলার সময় নেই।  কাজের লোক  থেকে শুরু করে আত্মীয়-স্বজন সবাই তটস্থ...নিয়মের এতটুকু যেন এদিক থেকে ওদিক না হয়। সময়ের কাজ যেন সময়ে হয়...ফাঁকি দেওয়া...পড়ে থাকা কাজ মোটেই পছন্দ নয় মহর্ষি দেবেন্দ্র নাথ ঠাকুরের। তাই সবকিছু হচ্ছে পরিপাটি নিয়ম অনুযায়ী। আর হবেই বা না কেনো? আজ তো ছোট্ট রবি এই প্রথম বাবার সাথে বাইরে বেরোবে। যাবে অনেক দূর...সেই হিমালয়। সকাল থেকে তাই রবির খুশি আর ধরে না। কোথায় বেঙ্গল একাডেমিতে একঘেয়ে ক্লাস আর কোথায় পাহাড় ঘেরা...সেই অনেক পুরোনো গাছের ছায়ায় রূপকথার পথ। যা এতদিন রবি শুধু গল্পই শুনে এসেছে।"

This issue of Ichamoti , lile it's predecessors,  is full of stories, poems, travelogues, sports articles, comics, games and so on that will keep children, tweens, teens and even grown-ups submerged into the pages of this issue for a long time. The partial table of Index has:

ছড়া/ কবিতা ৫
 গল্প-স্বল্প ১
 গল্প-স্বল্প ২
 গল্প-স্বল্প ৩
 গল্প-স্বল্প ৪
 বিদেশি রূপকথা
 আন্‌মনে
 মনের মানুষ
 পড়ে পাওয়া
 দেশে -বিদেশে ১
 দেশে-বিদেশে ২
 ছবির খবর
 বায়োস্কোপের বারোকথা
 পরশমণি
 কমিক্‌স কাহিনী
 জানা-অজানা ১
 জানা-অজানা ২
 এক্কা- দোক্কা
 আঁকিবুকি
 পালা-পার্বন

Read the complete free Bengali children's magazine online, or download in PDF format from www.ichchhamoti.org.


TAMBOURINE-- launching of the first Indian literary webzine for children in English

At last its here--the first ever completely web based literary magazine for children in English.

The TAMBOURINE (www.tambourine.co.in)  aims to fill in a huge gap that exists in the webspace for children. You One will find innumerable websites meant for the young people--ranging from academic assistance to providing online gaming facility , but no fully literary website completely dedicated to them.

We are here to fill in that gap. Enjoy the first issue here:  www.tambourine.co.in

here's a sample:




A SURVEY ON REQUIREMENTS OF BENGALI WEBZINES

The children's webmag joydhak is conducting a survey on a few important aspects of Bengali E magazines and the various areas it should cover, especially in the case of a  children's Webzine in Bengali .

9th issue of Joydhak webzine uloaded

The 9th issue (bosonto songkhya) of the Children's magazine Joydhak has been uploaded. As usual this issue brings a set of uniquely chosen treats for children of every age. Your physical age does not matter. As long as you are green in mind, Joydhak will entertain you. check it out at www.joydhak.com


Bengali Magazine KOLKAJ of Hyderabad requests submissions for Barsha Shonkhya (Monsoon 2010 Edition)

Bengali Magazine KOLKAJ Puja 2009 Issue CoverMar 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The KOLAJ Bengali Magazine editorial team is gearing up again for the next edition after their successful paperback Bangla magazine launch over last year's Durga Puja.

Ichchhamoti Bengali Children's Online Magazine | Winter 2010 Issue Published

Icchamoti winter 2010

We are very happy to inform you the editors of Icchamoti have published the Winter 2010 issue of the wonderful ICHCHAMOTI Bengali Children's e-Zine.

Ichamoti (Ichchamoti) is one of the most-read Online Bengali Magazines for children in the United States.

The complete magazine is available online at www.ichchhamoti.org. A PDF Version is also available at the web-site for free download.

As always, read the great  poems, stories, travelogues, articles, movie reviews and so on, and spend hours having fun, irrespective of your age.


Bengali Online Children Magazine Joydhak (8th issue) uploaded

  • THE 8TH INTERNET ISSUE OF JOYDHAK has been uploaded. Read on to see what the editor of this currently most popular Bengali webzine for kids, teens and tweens have to say about the latest issue:

Joydhak camp at Radhanagar, Sandeshkhali---Where have all the flowers gone?

The little school compound we visited for our first workshop still stands there, the school is still operational, but its mood has changed. All the merriment is gone now. One of its main teachers is already dead. The cyclone too did not spare the school. The desolate building stands alone there, with the memory of the destructive days of the cyclone written all over its compound. All its flowers are gone now.  Read the full report at joydhak's blog.



The little girl from Itarsi-- A joydhak Report


.........“Papa look, that greedy beggar girl!”
         We all looked outside. There she was; standing guard over a very ill looking middle aged woman, perhaps her mother. The woman was greedily sucking at one of those packets of butter milk Three other naked toddlers were scampering around. Each of them had one sachet in his or her hand............

This is a scene from a moving incident seen from the window of a moving train. The full report describes a  stimulating episode that bolsters our faith on humanity. Everything is not lost. Even in these troubled days we have lots of cause to cheer,  provided we look into the right places. Read the full story at

http://joydhak.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/the-litttle-girl-from-itarsi/



A unique effort in reinforcing self-confidence and unleashing creativity in economically disadvantaged Bengali Children

India  Child EducationJoydhak - the group that publishes a top Bengali children's online magazine of the same title, continues to make interesting and practical contributions towards energizing and inspiring coming generations of Bengalis by organizing unique camps and workshops for children of Bengal who are growing up in rural and semi-rural, often economically challenged, areas.

The editor of Joydhak brought to our attention the fascinating experiment called "Sishu Kishore Vikaas Mela" (Children's Development Fair) - a series of annual camps and workshops, started a dozen years ago.


Chandmama (Bengali) - Chandamama - Read the Classic Indian Children's Magazine Online Free in 9 Languages

Chandamama Free Childrens Magazine OnlineDo you miss the Chandamama magazine that you grew up with ? Remember the days you could not wait for the next issue ? Even grown-ups would compete with you to get to a hot new just-delivered issue first !

Thanks to the efforts of the folks who publish Chandmama and the folks who invented the internet (40 years ago!), you can now read the Chandamama magazine online for free. No question at all this will cause you to take nostalgic trip down memory lane.