Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
The folk ballads or Gitikas of Bengal
Author(s): Nasir Ahmed, Piyali Chakraborty
Abstract: The Folk Ballads or Gitikas are the heart of Bangai cultural and literary heritage. Gitikas or ballads are oral form of narrative poetry that narrate a single event or a dramatic story through dialogues. These Gitikas have an immense influence in Bengali literature. There are mainly two types of Gitikas in Bengali literasture-one is Purba bangla gitika or Maimansingha Gitika and the other is Nath Gitika. Maimansingha Gitika is also known by an alternative name, Purbabangla Gitika, is a collection of folk ballads from the region of Mymensingh, Bengal. They were published in English as Eastern Bengal Ballads. Chandra Kumar De and Dinesh Chandra Sen had patiently collected these songs, and the collection was published by the University of Calcutta, along with another similar publication named Purbabanga-gitika. This paper discussed the impact and importance of the Bengali gitikas in its literature.