"Prakalpana" is a new form of literature and art composed of: P for Prose, Poetry, graPhics + R for for stoRy + A for Art, essAy + K for Kinema + L for noveL, cuLture, pLay + N for soNg, as derived by Vattacharja Chandan. The word 'prakalpana' means proper imagination.
This new form of literature and art named 'Prakalpana' emerged out of the last half of the last century, (apart from the so long known forms of literature like the various kinds of poetry, story, essay, play, novel &c), and shapes co-mixed prose + poetry + drama + essay + visuals like signs, symbols, photos and various artforms & platforms that the respective independent writer finds suitable to utilize, to beautify and expand the different parts in a piece of writing, ripping off all the cliche taboos, inhibitions and restrictions.
Within two on-going bilingual ( Bangla - English ) zines, kOBISENa and PrakalpanA SahityA / PrakalpanA LiteraturE, apart from Prakalpana, is published a new kind of poetry, namely "Sarbangin Poetry", which uses both text + visuals like signs, symbols, photos, and so on, which the poet might need to aptly express her/his idea. The zines do not consider simply any design pattern structure or picture as poetry until and unless it is supported by abstract text and texture in a new rhythm which is not free verse as used in prevailing mainstream poetry, but is a blending of rhyming + unrhyming as of the natural flow of life in concord and discord.
Mail artwork is also published in the zine.
It also reviews zines and alternative creative literary and artistic books in brief, and PrakalpanA LiteraturE has itself been reviewed by Factsheet Five, Scavengers Newsletter, NHI Review Online, Fanzine Fanatique etc.
PRAKALPANA LITFEST, 2008
The past years of the PrakalpanA MovemenT has been literally and literary eventful by its launching of countless literary indoor and outdoor meets, discusions & readings. This time in commemoration of the 40th year of the PrakalpanA MovemenT in literature & art, on 6th September 2008, the PrakalpanA LitfesT will be held in Kolkata, India.
Prakalpana Movement in literature dates back to 1969 when Vattacharja Chandan along with Dilip Gupta and Asish Deb started this movement in Kolkata, India with the launch of their initial magazine SwatotsaR. Since then this movement, so far has sporadically published 20 issues of SwatotsaR, 43 issues of kOBISENa and 22 issues of PrakalpanA SahityA / PrakalpanA LiteraturE.
Over the years a few of the long list of contributing writers and artists worldwide include: Dilip Gupta, Asish Deb, John Byrum, Don Web, Ramratan Mukhopadhyay, Hugo Pontes, Nikhil Bhaumik, Geof Huth, Richard Kostelanetz, Charlene Mary-Cath Smith, Vattacharja Chandan, Sheila Murphy, John M Bennett, Boudhayan Mukhopadhyay, Susan Smith Nash, Satya Ranjan Biswas, Gerald England, Ananda Ghosh Hazra, Carla Bertola, t. winter-Damon, Syamoli Mukherjee Bhattacharjee, Jessica Manack, Saswata Shikdar, Madhab Hazra, Guy R. Beining, Laxmi Paul, Mick Cusimano, Alfred Walker, Jose Roberto Sechi, Subrata Sen, Gloria Persiani, Ray Succre, Avijit Ghose, Christian Burgaud, Amit Kashyap, David Stone....and many others.