Dr. Sumana Das, Associate Professor, Department of Bengali, Rabindra Bharati University, teaches contemporary Bengali Novels and Short stories, Essays and Literary Theory along with Tagore literature.
She has completed her PhD from Jadavpur University. The topic of her doctoral
research was “Literary works of Bimal Kar”, an eminent writer of fifties, which has been
published as a book, Bimal Karer Kothasahityo (Literature of Bimal Kar) by Ebon
Mushayera, January 2008. She has another book published, which is a collection of
essays, Kothar Bhubon (Essays on Contemporary Bengali and World Literature) by Ebon
Mushayera, January 2012.
She regularly writes research based articles in leading Bengali Journals like Parikatha, Anustup, Ebon Mushayera, Korok, Agrobeej and many others. Her English article ‘Two Women Writers of Bengali Diaspora’, published in web magazine Parabaas, got good response and comments from all over the world. Ketaki Kushari Dyson cited from her article “Tomar sristir poth”…Rabindranather kobitar anubad ebong prasongik kichu bhabna’ (Rabindra Bharati Visavidyalaya Bangla Bibhagiya Patrika, vol.25, June 2008) in her book I Won’t Let You Go (Translation of Tagore’s selected Poems) , expanded second edition 2010, Bloodaxe Books Ltd, page no, 278. She regularly writes book review for Ananda Bazaar Patrika.
Sumana received the British Council Charles “Wallace India Trust Grant” to pursue field study, attend seminars and visit libraries in England for her Post Doctoral Research project, “Writers of the Bengali Diaspora”. She was invited by International Gender Studies, Department of International Development, University of Oxford to attend, The Trinity Term seminar series (April-June 2008) and present a paper.
She was invited by Muktadhara Foundation, New York, USA, to inaugurate International Bangla Festival and Book Fair 2010 and deliver a lecture there. She also got invitation from different writers groups of the USA and Canada for her Post Doctoral Research project and field study.
During her visit to the USA she expressed her views on her ongoing research project and field work about the literary activities of the people of Bengali Diaspora in an interview in VOA(Voice of Americ, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDrRUE2TkE).
She is invited by Bangla Academy, Dhaka to attend a workshop on “Bangla Bhasar Bibortonmulak Obhidhan” in February 2012.