BLA 101: Bangla Literature and Art

Offered Under: All Undergraduate Programs.

Introduction, concept of art and culture, early medieval music: songs of Siddhacharyas. Joydev, Baduchandi Das, Shri Chaitanya Dev, early Modern Music: Tappa, Brahma Sangeet, Swadeshi (Patriotic) songs, origin and development of Bangla language, early Bangla Literature: Charyapada, first half of the 20th century: Songs of Rabindranath Tagore, Group of composers, Kazi Nazrul Islam, contemporary music in Bangladesh (1947-1971): Abbasuddin Ahmed, Abdul Ahad, Samar Das, Altaf Mahmud, Abdul Latif, Khan Ataur Rahman, Folk music in Bangladesh: Bhatiali, Baul, Jari, Kavigaan, Pala gaan, Puthi path and Shari gaan, literature in the Medieval period: Long narrative poems. Literature in the Medieval period: Short devotional poems, Kabi gaan and Dobhashee Punthi. Origin of Bengali painting: Punthi painting, Calligraphy, Gajir pata,. Painting in the 19th century and first half of 20th century: Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Basu, Jamini Roy, Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hasan, Shafiuddin Ahmed, S.M.Sultan. Contemporary paintings since 1947: Mohammad Kibria, Aminul Islam, Novera Ahmed, Murtaza Baseer, Hamidur Rahman, Devdas Chakravorty, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Jamal Ahmed. The first half of the 19th century: Beginning of written prose, main trends in Bangla Literature in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Trends in Bangla Literature in the first half of the 20th century with special reference to select writers. Folk art and Crafts: The Traffic art in Bangladesh (Rickshaw painting), Sara Chittra, Nakshi Kantha, Challchittra. Origin of Bengali Theatre, Bangladeshi Theatre, 1947-1975. Main trends in poetry and fiction since 1971 with reference to select poets and novelists. Essays and Essayists in contemporary Bangladesh.


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Course Type Foundation
Credit Hour 3
Lecture Hour 45
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Grading Policy:

Letter Grade Marks Grade Point
A 90 - 100 4.00
A- 85 - 89 3.70
B+ 80 - 84 3.30
B 75 - 79 3.00
B- 70 - 74 2.70
C+ 65 - 69 2.30
C 60 - 64 2.00
C- 55 - 59 1.70
D+ 50 - 54 1.30
D 45 - 49 1.00
F 00 - 44 0.00