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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.
(1 comments) 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.
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.
(5 comments) 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).
(6 comments) Saturday, April 7, 2018 Remembering Winnie Mandela: A Heroic Civil Rights Campaigner Relegated Unceremoniously to the Margins of History
A short reflective article on the passing of valiant anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Mandela, on April 2nd. I take the position that despite the likelihood that as leader of a movement, some of her actions may have been less than laudable, or might have even involved violence (how often does one find a purely unblemished record in a leader?)- Winnie has been treated most unfairly by both SA and also the rest of the world.
(5 comments) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Epiphany at Dawn: Rabindranath Tagore's Ode to Dawn (Prabhat Utsav)
In the 1880s, when he was in his early 20s, poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore experienced two consecutive epiphanic moments at dawn on the verandahs of his Jorasanko Hose and also his brother Jyotirindranath's Sudder Street House. These led to two momentous, life-changing poems expressed in two phenomenal poems. I present here my translation and interpretation of Prabhat Utsav (Ode to Dawn).
(7 comments) Monday, March 13, 2017 The Impoverished Gift-
I present my translation and brief summary of Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali poem, Deen Daan. Its message against the arrogance and vaunted opulence of wealth and power is immeasurably relevant to this day.
(20 comments) Monday, November 28, 2016 Brief Tribute to El Comandante Fidel
This is a somewhat spontaneous heartfelt tribute to an impactful historic figure living in our own times who was larger than life in every sense of that descriptor.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela
This is a poem written in memory of Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela, two noble souls who uplifted human civilization in a world otherwise drenched in inhumanity and bloodshed, dominated by military might and corporate control of human lives.
(1 comments) Monday, March 11, 2013 May Venezuela Keep You in Her Soul Forever: Homage to Hugo Chavez- a Leader of Unmatched Courage and Nobility
This is a heartfelt tribute to Hugo Chavez, a rare and inspiring leader who set an example of courage and determination for the world against imperial exploitation and warmongering. As it often happens with the good, Chavez was taken much too soon by death, but I firmly believe his example of steadfast determination and championing of the cause of the poor and the downtrodden will long prevail for peace, justice and humanity.
(1 comments) Thursday, November 1, 2012 The Meaning of Bijaya (Or, Going Beyond the Good vs. Evil Paradigm)
I reflect in this essay on the significance of Bijaya, a celebration of divine victory that concludes the Bengali religious Fall festival of Durga Puja. I examine what it means to frequently prostrate before the notion of the age-worn dictum of "The Triumph of Good Over Evil." I attempt to show that this dictum, while essentially well-intended, is fraught with the potential for abuse and intentional misinterpretation.
(7 comments) Sunday, July 8, 2012 A translation and interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's poem, Africa
I present here a translation and interpretation by this author of the magnificent poem, Africa, by Rabindranath Tagore, and its implications for a world that continues to be ravaged by "civilization's barbaric greed," as Tagore portrays the obscene savagery inflicted upon Africa and its inhabitants. Tagore's indictment continues to be just as relevant to all occupations and mass-murders going on even as I write.
(2 comments) Friday, June 1, 2012 A Poet's Protest: An Address by W.S. Merwin at SUNY, Buffalo, October 1970
I present here an old speech by U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin from 1970, in which he eloquently protested an unreasonable insistence in a University setting to sign a politically-motivated pledge of allegiance, which, in his mind, had nothing to do with reading poetry. The truth he outlines, is profound and applied universally to this day. In fact, I would say it applies even more so today.
(8 comments) Monday, April 9, 2012 The Grotesque Scourge of Drones- Soulless Meghnads of the Sky
I have long wanted to write about the Drone, a ghastly tool for targeted extra-judicial killing in the hands of the 1%, the 1% that controls the War Industry. In the past week or two, I have at least become aware of a few gentle and cvaring souls that have started to write about, and campaign against these frightening, faceless killer weapons. In recognizing the work by Nick Mottern and others, I submit this article.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 American Platitudes on Democracy and Human Rights- an Exercise in Vacuousness
This is a short response that was sent to Paul Craig Roberts' website upon my reading of his outstanding essay (which appeared in Counterpunch February 15th, 2012) on Barack Obama supposedly chiding China on human rights, and the irony/outrage inherent in such double-faced piety.
(5 comments) Sunday, October 30, 2011 In The League Of Howard Zinn, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, Gore Vidal - America's Vanishing Sentinels
I describe herein my sense that America today is greatly lacking thinkers and intellectuals with vision and sensitivity that can stir the national imagination. Mental lightweights populate shows like Charlie Rose. This essay harkens back to some of the prominent thinkers and visionaries (such as Howard Zinn and Kurt Vonnegut) that were already advanced in age within the past 30 years, and many are no longer with us.