Contents: 1. Notes for users. 2. Acknowledgements. 3. Abbreviations. 4. Introduction. 5. General. 6. Political drama. 7. Historical drama. 8. Mythological and religious drama. 9. Musical drama. 10. Translations from other languages into Bengali. 11. Drama in verse. 12. Farce and satire.
"Bengali Drama bore witness to gradual modernisation over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Contemporary and social themes were set aside to give way to mythological, historical and romantic drama. Though the ride to modernisation was difficult, it was felt necessary to follow Manmohan Basu's philosophy of respecting and incorporating what had already existed into modern day themes." (jacket)