Kolkata: Preserving the ethos of storytelling and folklore from Bengal, classic tales from 'Thakurmar Jhuli' (Grandmother's Bag) have now been translated into English from the vernacular language.
These folk and fairy stories were passed down orally to children for centuries through generations in the villages of Bengal till Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar collected and published them in Bengali in 1907.
Now a collection of twelve such stories have been translated into English by Sukhendu Ray in the new book 'Tales from Thakurmar Jhuli'.
Published by Oxford University Press, it opens a new window to grandmother's story-telling with the book trying to revive the fast-disappearing heritage of fairy tales that were once an oral legacy of every child in India.
"With a translation we want the folktales to reach children outside of Bengal. It will be appealing to young adults from all parts of the country," Ray told PTI after the book launch.