The Rays - Upendrakisor, Sukumar
and Satyajit, are synonymous with
genius in the Indian artistic milieu. While
Upendrakisor spellbound the readers in the late
eighteenth century, Sukumar Ray pioneered the
genre of nonsense literature and is frequently
compared with Lewis Carroll.
Works like Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne have
become part of the Bengali idiom through their
portrayal by the maestro’s grandson, the
renowned film-maker Satyajit Ray.
Coupled with wonderful illustrations,
Delightful Dozen is an attempt to recreate that magic for the readers of English prose. While Upendrakisor’s stories are simple and enchanting folk tales of Bengal, his son’s stories are set in the background of a school in rural Bengal. The uniqueness of the book lies in the fact that it brings together for the first time the father and son in one volume.
Upendrakisor Ray was a famous Bengali writer, painter, violin player and composer. He was born on 10 May 1863 in a little village called Moshua, now a part of Bangladesh. He pioneered the art of engraving in India and launched the first illustrated monthly magazine in India, Sandesh.
Sukumar Ray wrote verse and children’s rhymes with buoyancy, sparkling humour and flights of fancy. He commonly illustrated his writings himself. He remains today, the most popular and oft-quoted Bengali poet after Rabindranath Tagore.
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