The Hungryalist Movement in Bengal: A Conversation with Malay Roychoudhury


  • Zinia Mitra University of North Bengal
  • Jaydeep Sarangi



Indian poets, Hungryalist movement, Avant-garde literature


Malay Roychoudhury (1939) is an Indian Bengali poet, playwright, short story writer, essayist and novelist who founded the Hungryalist movement in the 1960s which changed the course of avant-garde Bengali literature and painting. 

His best-known poetry collections are Medhar Batanukul Ghungur, Jakham and Matha Ketey Pathachhi Jatno korey Rekho; and his novels Dubjaley Jetuku Proshwas and Naamgandho. He has written more than hundred books. He was given the Sahitya Academy award, the Indian government's highest honour in the field, in 2003 for translating Dharamvir Bharati's Hindi fiction Suraj Ka Satwan Ghora. However, he declined to accept this award and others. 

This interview has been executed by the exchange of e mails with the activist-author.

Author Biography

Zinia Mitra, University of North Bengal

Zinia Mitra teaches English in the University of North Bengal. Her travelogues and articles have been published in The Statesman. Her reviews, articles, translations have been widely published in books and journals. Her translations have also been published in the Sahitya Akademi journal. Her books include: Indian Poetry in English: Critical Essays, Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: Imagery and Experiential Identity and Twentieth Century British Literature: Reconstructing Literary Sensibility (co-edited). Her online articles include ‘A Science Fiction in a Gothic Scaffold: a reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ (Rupkatha Journal), ‘Through a Different Window: I Can But Why Should I Go,’ (Muse India), ‘Master of Science and Non-Sense’ (Parabaas). She is on the advisory /editorial board of academic journals. Her poems have been published in Muse India, Ruminations, Contemporary Literary Review India, Kavya Bharati, East Lit, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Asian Signature.