Sudhu Sundarban Charcha is a Bengali magazine, published quarterly, and focuses on the Indian territory of the Sundarban. Initiated with an approach to stand by the side of the locals, the magazine lends a patient hearing to the silent voices and emphasizes on recognizing potential where others see utter despair.
The daredevils of Sudhu Sundarban Charcha invade the most inaccessible, severely vulnerable places in the archipelago, where most others often fall short of courage. It represents analytical documenting, coupled with visuals that speak louder than words.
Tepantarer Swapna, our welfare arm, comprises of generous, passionate, and determined people from all over West Bengal, India. Observing the ever-changing history of the archipelago by exploring humanity, the cultural heritage, and by serving the human resources of the Sundarban is the focal theme of our magazine.
We carry the ambition to learn at the edge, gain wisdom to admit failure, and possess undaunted determination to start afresh if we falter.
Since 2010, we have been publishing the magazine “Sudhu Sundarban Charcha” containing various research articles and powerful photographs depicting the daily life on Indian part of the Sundarban. This enables us to unveil many new aspects of different societal practices of the delta in the past few years. The sale proceeds are spent on development of the local community of the Sundarban.
Sudhu Sundarban Charcha and Tepantarer Swapna jointly nurture a healthy cultural development, historic preservation, and an environment for education in different parts of the islands, especially among students. Our regular programs encourage the students for nature study, and help to develop a habit of reading out-of-syllabus books and take part in extra-curricular activities. While exhibitions are organised to generate scientific awareness among the children, educational trips help to inculcate scientific temperament among them. We have been providing need-based financial support and customised assistance to people affected by natural calamities through the year.
A well-established library with an impressive stock of books, and collection of almost all newspaper clippings since past 12 years and nearly all the books published on the Sundarban so far is what makes us feel pretty proud. All the clippings and other publications are well maintained in a chronological order for more than a decade — providing an insight to the wealth and treasures of the Sundarban and her people.
The Sundarban is not merely a forest, it’s also a residence to 4.5 million people. It is an active delta formed by the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers, surrounded by dense mangrove forests. Encompassed by numerous rivers and small estuaries, these islands are directly or indirectly nourished by the saline water of the Bay of Bengal.
In an effort to capture the daily saga of the islanders between the covers of a journal, we are going beyond the covers of the comfort zone. Team Tepantarer Swapna has been working since the last 10 years in and around a few selected villages of a few chosen islands of the Sundarbans. Satjelia of Gosaba Block, Mausuni of Namkhana Block, G-Plot Island of Patharpratima Block are few such places where we are working hand in hand. We try our level best to support students with lesser financial sustainability and fewer resources for pursuing their educational aspirations. We firmly believe that our continuing efforts are bound to bring profound impacts in this region.
Our tri-monthly magazine ‘Sudhu Sundarban Charcha’, is the fruit of years of combined effort and experience. It aims to cover several aspects of Sundarban — from historical significance to topographic variance, from the flora and fauna to socio-economic struggles of the settlements formed. This experience is the key to satisfy your interest for the world’s largest delta…. Read
Any Sundarban-related report (published by some other publishers), that grabbed our attention and touched our heart, we want to share them with YOU!
In this issue, we are featuring ‘Of Pandemics and Storms in the Sundarbans’ by Annu Jalais and Amites Mukhopadhyay. It has been published in ‘americanethnologist.org’.
We provide assistance to the rural communities residing in the islands of the Indian territory of the Sundarban by networking directly with them, in an effort to make them live hassle-free and cope well with natural disasters. For the sake of education and cultural enrichment among the younger generation, we remain committed to monitoring, evaluating, and monitoring the standards of the cultural programs — of both the present and the future. Local areas are carefully chosen so that the effective, sustainable projects implemented in those areas not only enriches our experiences but also establishes your faith
Since the time of James Rennell, several maps of the Sundarban have been published by various individuals and organizations. But it’s the first time that a simple and readily available map, catering to the common masses, has been published.
For the last forty years, the vision of Tushar Kanjilal was to develop the region from a remote island in the Sundarban to a region with modern basic amenities, by working on grass-root level. The dividends of his work are spread over a wide area of the Indian Sundarban. This book attempts to exhibit his multi-faceted works, mirrored through the pens of some of the eminent personalities of the society.
High-quality photographs and essential videos, along with analytical reporting strengthen our archive — useful for future documentation.
A relatively small magazine and an organization, whose headquarters is located quite some distance away from the Sundarban, the initiatives taken by them for Sundarban are impressive and praiseworthy. I firmly believe in the phrase ‘Small is beautiful’. This is ideal for ‘Sudhu Sundarban Charcha’. Though their reach is limited, their honesty and accountability fascinate me every time.
Sudhu Sundarban Charcha’ is an amazing magazine, covering a big variety of Sundarban issues, from environment and forest to people and their culture. The team itself has intimate knowledge and affection of the region as well as coordinates aid for students and marginalized inhabitants in remote villages through the NGO Tepantarer Swapna. Hope, they will be able to expand their range and match the depth of their work to the outer world.
Sudhu Sundarban Charcha is an unique Bengali Quaterly being published regularly since 2010. I am associated with this journal since its inception both as a contributor and a well wisher. Its frontal wing is Tepantarer Swapna, a nonprofit making NGO which has been working for the welfare of impoverished people and children living in the remote islands of Sundarban. I truly appreciate the dedication of the Editor and other members of the group.
The incessant constructive thinking for the betterment of Sundarban, coupled with the tireless, passionate initiatives of Jyotirindranarayan and his team is the testimony to the unselfish love they have for this region and its people.
Jyotirindranarayan Lahiri, our worthy captain, is someone who strives to use his constructive thinking for the betterment of the Sundarban and its people. His ground-level style of working and experience in the direction of development, along with a passion for the region, has made him a Sundarban connoisseur. An educationist by profession, Jyotirindra has been teaching geography for the last two and a half decades, with intense passion. He carries the same enthusiasm and love for the Sundarban
and its people.
Just like the leader, the other members of ‘Sudhu Sundarban Charcha’ share same passion and enthusiasm for the Sundarban and its people. It is an operative platform that unites a group of enterprising people of different ages, from different professions and different strata of society. The same dynamism is evident in “Tepantarer Swapna”, our welfare arm.
Explore more about the other members of ‘Sudhu Sundarban Charcha’ here.
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