Introduction to Bengali News Media
In 1780, the publication of Hickey’s Bengal Gazette (Calcutta General Advertiser) in colonial Calcutta (now Kolkata) marked the beginning of a long history of news media in Bengal. It was the first-ever newspaper printed in Asia, and was published until 1782, when the East India Company seized its press and types. Ever since, however, the media landscape of the region has evolved steadily, mostly in-sync with the concurrent changes in political scenarios.
In early 19th century, Bengal witnessed a swift rise in intellectualism, alongside its already-existing, rich cultural heritage. Driven, primarily, by the Bengali middle-class intelligentsia, this led to what is now called the Bengal Renaissance. This was also the time for the initial growth of a dynamic press culture in the region. Alongside Hickey’s Bengal Gazette (English-language), four vernacular language newspapers were also published: in Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Persian.
On May 23, 1818, Bengali journalism was born with the publication of Samachar Darpan from the Serampore Mission Press, under the tutelage of William Carey and Joshua Marshman, among others. By the time it went off print in 1852, Rammohan Roy’s Sambad Koumadi was already being published since 1821. The first Bengali daily newspaper, however, was founded in 1839 by Ishwar Chandra Gupta: Sambad Prabhakar.
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