Depiction of struggle is beauty of Dalit Literature: Kalyani Thakur ‘Chandal’

‘Dalit Literature is the literature of self-respect and pride of those who were oppressed and deprived for centuries. … clearly, love won’t ooze from our words, only anger will. This anger is a sort of building block of Dalit Literature.’ Kartik Choudhary in conversation with Bangla Dalit poetess Kalyani Thakur ‘Chandal’

Kalyani Thakur ‘Chandal’ is a leading Bangla Dalit poetess. She is a member of the newly constituted West Bengal Dalit Sahitya Akademi. She began writing from her student days and has been editing a magazine called “Need” for the past 26 years. This magazine is now the platform for the voice of Dalit women. Her autobiography Aami Keno Chandal Likhi (Why I write Chandal) stands out among the autobiographies of Bangla Dalit women writers. She has edited several books on folk songs, water, refugees, poetry by Dalit women, writings on Dalit women and short stories by Indian women writers. She has also edited special issues of many magazines. Her collection of poems Chandalinir Kavita was well received. Excerpts of her conversation with Kartik Choudhary:

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