(Last Updated on : 11-06-2011)
Shakti Chattopadhyay, Malay Roy Choudhury, Samir Roy Choudhury and Debi Roy launched Hungry Generation Movement during the 1960s in Kolkata. This movement focussed on poetry. They changed the language and the vocabulary used by contemporary writers so that they could express their feelings in literature and painting. They wanted to disturb the readers' preconceived colonial canons. Besides the above mentioned writers, Utpalkumar Basu, Sandipan Chattopadhyay, Binoy Majumdar, Basudeb Dasgupta, Subhash Ghosh, Falguni Roy, Tridib Mitra, Alo Mitra, Anil Karanjai, Ramananda Chattopadhyay, Saileswar Ghosh, Subo Acharya, Karunanidhan Mukhopadhyay, were the other writers of this movement.
The movement was launched in November 1961. It started from the residence of Malay Roy Chowdhury from Patna
. His brother Samir Roy Chowdhury was also one of them. The word Hungry was taken from Geoffrey Chaucer's line "In Sowre Hungry Tyme". This movement started from1961and continued till 1965.
Proximity to nature and tenets of Gandhism and Prudhonianism are the features of this movement. It had participants spread over North Bengal, Tripura
and Benares. Some of them like Shakti Chattopadhyay, Saileswar Ghosh, Subhas Ghosh left the movement in the year 1964. The compositions of Hungry writers appeared in the Citylights Journal, and in special issues of American magazines like Kulchur, Klactoveedsedsteen, Elcorno Emplunado, Evergreen Review, Salted Feathers, Intrepid and San Francisco Earthquake, during the 1960s.
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