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Monish R. Chatterjee received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from I.I.T., Kharagpur, India, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Chatterjee was a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY Binghamton from 1986 through 2002. Dr. Chatterjee is currently with the ECE department at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Chatterjee, who specializes in applied optics, has contributed more than 100 papers to technical conferences, and has published more than 70 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings, in addition to numerous reference articles on science. Dr. Chatterjee's most recent literary essays appear in Rabindranath Tagore: Universality and Tradition, published by FDU Press (2004); Celebrating Tagore, published by Allied Publishers (2009); and Tagore: A Timeless Mind by ICCR and the London Tagore Society (2012). He is the author of four books of translation (Kamalakanta, Profiles in Faith, Balika Badhu and Seasons of Life) from his native Bengali. In 2000, Dr. Chatterjee received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, Dr. Chatterjee received a Humanities Fellows award from the University of Dayton to conduct research on scientific language. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE and a member of ASEE and Sigma Xi.

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Soumitra Chatterjee in a Satyajit Ray film, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 29, 2020
Apu, Ekshan, Ikebana and being Bengali - Renaissance, uninterrupted - Remembering Soumitra Chatterjee About 3 weeks ago, Bengal lost to Covid-19 one of her greatest living cultural stalwarts, Soumitra Chattopadhyay, at age 85. To many of us from Bengal, he was virtually the last link to the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with Rammohun Roy (1773-1833) and reaching its pinnacle with Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Here is a tribute poem/eulogy I out together in his remembrance.
Bernie and the birdie, Portland 2016, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 8, 2020
Biden and Harris could have at least thanked Bernie Sanders, but it would be politically incorrect Despite the overwhelming relief and joy around the world that Drumpenfuhrer has been rejected, I personally have felt a relatively short-lasting euphoria that the duopoly is really back in business. And while existential disaster for the world has been averted, the duopoly's complete lack of acknowledging the promise of genuine change brought about by Senator Bernie Sanders, make me wistful for "what might have been."
Zealots on trucks- intimidation parade, From Uploaded
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 25, 2020
In Lock-Step with the Reich: Devotees of the Orange Fuhrer The current neo-fascist regime in the US has steadfast devotees to whom this draconian administration can do no wrong. Their organized flag-waving requires these cautionary comments so that the spirit of democracy and pluralism may survive.
Andre Vltchek with Noam Chomsky, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2020
For Andre Vltchek: Imagining a Different World I wrote this tribute poem remembering Andre Vltchek, remarkable journalist, author, poet, philosopher, traveler, somewhere in Turkey on September 22, 2020. His sudden passing is at the moment shrouded in mystery. After all, a staunch anti-imperialist always treads a risky line.
Rabindranath Tagore, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 21, 2020
The Caged Bird and the Free Bird- Rabindranath Tagore's Lyrical Ballad on Freedom and Confinement I present here a translation along with my commentary on Rabindranath Tagore's dichotomic ballad, Khanchar Pakhi / Boner Pakhi (The Caged Bird and the Free Bird) which using lyrical metaphors, lays out the lineaments of freedom and bondage- longstanding conflicts within the human mind relevant to this day. It speaks to gender inequality as well as slavery, colonial occupation and the human aspirations for freedom.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4341 views), Tagore's Emerging Philosophy on Life (3 Articles, 4179 views), Tagore's worldview poems (4 Articles, 20703 views) (View All Series)
Portrait of Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 13, 2020
My Alibi - A revolutionary's manifesto by Kazi Nazrul Islam A protest manifesto written by revolutionary poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam opposing colonial occupation and in particular the devastating Bengal Famine of 1942-43 which claimed over 3 million lives in Bengal. The poem has iconic status in Bengal.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 25924 views), Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 8693 views) (View All Series)
Hemanta Mukhopadhyay in his prime years (1960s), From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2020
The Baritone of Our Renaissance: Hemanta Mukhopadhyay (1920-1989) at 100- Part I This will be the first of a planned 5-part series dedicated to Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, the most widely recognized vocalists of the Golden Age of modern Bengali music (from the 1940s-1970s), on this, his centennial year.
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9037 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 4941 views)
Kazi Nazrul Islam the Rebel Poet- a Portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2020
Captain, Beware! Kandari Hoonshiar by Kazi Nazrul Islam I present here a translation of Kazi Nazrul Islam's Freedom Song (which will be one of several I intend to post in subsequent spaces), Kandari Hoonshiar, which I have named Captain, Beware! This song (a choral rendition YouTube URL is also provided) is addressed to freedom fighters and all fighters for justice in a world beset with intolerance and tyranny.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 25924 views), Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 8693 views) (View All Series)
Portrait of Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Caste Hooligans Part II by Kazi Nazrul Islam For completeness, I am adding Part II of the Kazi Nazrul Islam (renowned Bengali poet, 1899-1976) anti-casteism poem, Jaater Name Bajjati Shob (The Caste Hooligans, by this translator) which adds more pronouncements against the destructiveness of casteism and racism in human society. These stanzas do not appear in the portion which is composed into a song from the 1940s.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 25924 views), Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views)
Kazi Nazrul Islam the Rebel Poet- a Portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 6, 2020
The Caste Hooligans (Jater Naame Bajjati Shob) by Kazi Nazrul Islam As part of a sequence of renowned poems by Bengali poets, recently posted Rabindranath Tagore's My Wretched Country, I am now presenting a strident condemnation of caste and untouchability in India among the Hindu community, titled Jater Naame Bajjati Shob, which I title here in my translation as The Caste Hooligans. This poem equally applies to all classism, casteism, racism and other religious or economic discrimination.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 25924 views), Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views)
Rabindranath Tagore unknown location., From WikimediaPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2020
My Wretched Country (Hey Mor Durbhaga Desh) - Rabindranath Tagore I am presenting Rabindranath Tagore's anti-bigotry and anti-casteism poem, Hey Mor Durbhaga Desh, in my English translation. It is especially relevant in these vicious and ominous times inflected with racism, classism, intra-national and international military and economic bullying, and the consequences of turning the police in every city into ruthless military operations.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 25924 views), Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 8693 views) (View All Series)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Tennyson Redux: COVID-19 in the US Half-a-League Onward, into the Valley of Death, Rode the 300 Million My reflections on the abject and sorry reality of the COVID-19 disaster in the US. The greatest irony reflective of the death-march collective wish of its population: the clueless, diabolical, psychopathic orange entity ensconced in DC has the so-called popularity rating going up!!
Series: Socio-Political (7 Articles, 21569 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2020
Unlikely Confluences: Sarah Bernhardt, Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda I am presenting here an older essay from 2006 dealing with the intriguing encounters between an Indian Vedantist, a Serbian scientist/inventor and a French actress during the last decade of the 1800s. It appears to signify a convergence of the highest in art, philosophy and science.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views)
Karna meets Queen Kunti- an Italian portrayal, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 17, 2019
Discourses from the Mahabharata: The Dialogue of Karna and Kunti I present here one of Rabindranath Tagore's longer poems, centered upon a dialogue between the valiant Kuru warrior Karna, and his mother, the Queen Kunti, who had once cast the infant Karna into the river Ganges. The dialogue raises issues of human morality, ethics and relationships. Tagore presents Karna as driven by his identification with the neglected and downtrodden, and his shunning all promises of power and wealth.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views), Tagore's worldview poems (4 Articles, 20703 views)
Cartoon of a poet in cage, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 23, 2019
The Laws of Twenty One In commemorating my daughter's 21st birthday, and since she is aspiring to be a lawyer, I am presenting here a translation of the renowned satirist Sukumar Rays' famous Ekushe Aine, here titled The Laws of Twenty One.
Series: Satire (2 Articles, 2684 views)
Pintu Bhattacharya in late 1960s, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2019
A Sampling of 1970s Bengali Songs of Pintu Bhattacharya: an Obscure Star of the Post-Renaissance Musical Age Following my previous articles focusing on the post-independence popular music of Bengal, which included one on the music of Salil Chowdhury based on the revolutionary poems of Sukanta Bhattacharya, and two articles on the works of the legendary Sachin Dev Burman, I present here a sampling of eight songs by the less-heralded Pintu Bhattacharya from the 1960s and '70s. I present the original Bengali lyrics with translations.
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9037 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 4941 views)
Costumes of Indian servants male and female, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2019
Keshta, old manservant of mine (Puratan Bhritya)- a narrative poem by Rabindranath Tagore I am presenting here a narrative poem by Rabindranath Tagore, titled Puratan Bhritya, translated as Keshta- my old manservant. It describes the devotion and ultimate sacrifice by a much-derided and abused servant towards his master.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4341 views)
Shivaji a conceptual portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 23, 2019
Shivaji-Utsav (Shivaji Festival) - a Hero Poem by Rabindranath Tagore This article is a translation along with an extended commentary relative to Rabindranath Tagore's hero poem, Shivaji Utsav.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4341 views), Tagore's Hero Poems (2 Articles, 2589 views)
A literary commemoration of Annadashankar Roy, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2018
Partition Angst in Annada Shankar Roy's Nursery Rhyme This article was recently published in the ISPaD Partition Center Journal, 2018, pp. 20-24. ISPaD was established in 2009 to serve as a forum dealing with the various partition-related issues arising following the deeply traumatic partition of India into (then) two divided nations, India and Pakistan, later turning into three (with Bangladesh emerging in 1971), highlighted in poet-author Annadashankar Roy's nursery rhyme.
Series: Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 8693 views), Satire (2 Articles, 2684 views), Socio-Political (7 Articles, 21569 views) (View All Series)
Banda Singh Bahadur in modern enactment, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Rabindranath Tagore's Hero Poems Part I This is the first in a series of Hero Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, which I translate and present here with commentary--this particular one is titled Bandi Bir (which I translate as The Valiant Prisoner).
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4341 views), Tagore's Hero Poems (2 Articles, 2589 views)

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