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Name Prof. Indranil Acharya
Designation Professor
Department Name ENGLISH
Office Phone No 03222-276554 Extn. 442
Email ID
Fax 03222-275329
Mobile No 9735359528
Personal Website
Address Department of English, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur 721102
Educational Qualification
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded

Career Profile / Teaching Experience

Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
Unwritten Languages Oral Literature Tribal Culture
Documentation Translation & Analysis of Endangered Folk Drama of West Bengal

Course/ Subject Taught
Folklore Studies
Eighteenth Century Literature
Victorian Poetry
Modern Poetry
Literary Criticism
Australian Literature
Indian Writing in English Translation
Dalit Literature
English Grammar (for CBCS)

Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Languages in Danger: A Critical Study of the Threatened Tribal Languages of BengalJALS Vol.5 Nos.1&2 Jan-Dec 2016;33-492016Bahri Publications
Politics of Cultural Amnesia: A Case Study of Machhani Folk Drama Form of PuruliaLokaratna, vol.IX, 2016, 83-952016Folklore Foundation
Quest for an Alternative Aesthetic in Bangla Dalit Folk Poetry (book chapter)Proceedings of International Folklore Congress; Bangla Academy, Dhaka, 2015; pp. 129-1422015Bangla Academy Dhaka
The Aesthetics of Bangla Dalit PoetryRupkatha: An Online Open Access Journal, Volume V, Number 4, 2014.2014The Department of English, University of Calcutta
Marxism, Dalitism and the Politics of Exclusion in Bengal: An InquestCreative Forum, vol.26, no.1; Jan-June 2013, pp. 84-1052013Bahri Publications

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Negotiating Cultural Translation of Bangla Dalit Literature: Issues and InnovationsLitscape, vol.10, no.1, 2017, pp.17-232017VUETC
Discourse of Marginality and the Indigenous Literature of Australia and India: A StudyMiddle Flight, vol.6, no.1, pp.131-1412017SSM College
Social Satire and the Cult of Lord Shiva in Two Folk Performances of Bengal and Odisha: A Study (book chapter)Repositioning Folklore and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (edited book), 2016, 289-2972016Centurion University, Odisha
Representing Indigenous Identity: A Select Study of Australian Aboriginal and Indian Dalit Poetry (book chapter)Indo-Australian Connections: Retrospect and Prospects (edited book), 2016, 150-1622016Pinnacle Books, New Delhi
Endangered Folk Drama Forms of Subarnarekha Basin: Some Disturbing RevelationsLitscape, Vol.9, no.1; 2015; pp.55-612015VUETC
The Dynamics of Dalit Fiction and Autobiography: A Reading of ManjuBala’s ‘Dwando’ (Conflict)Middle Flight; vol.4, no.1, 2015; pp.13-232015SSM College
Folk Performance and the Politicized Public Sphere: Future of Gambhira in Malda District of West BengalThe Visva-Bharati Quarterly, vol.23, nos. 2&3, July-December 2014, University
Translated Poems of Bangla Dalit Poet SusilMandalIndian Literature, vol. LVII No.6, Nov/Dec 2014, pp.51-532014SahityaAkademi
Hierarchies of Exploitation amongst Adivasi Communities: A Study of Anil Gharai’sThe Almond FlowersTowards Social Change: Essays on Dalit Literature; eds. SP Singha and Indranil Acharya, Orient Blackswan, 2014, pp. 76-842014Orient Blackswan, 2014
Poems of Herbert, Keats, Tennyson and Ramanujan (book chapter)Many Coloured Glass: A Compulsory English Textbook for V.U. (edited by faculty members), Macmillan, 2013, pp. 103-1142013Macmillan, New Delhi, 2013
“Aestheticizing without Agenda: A Counter-Reading of the Western Approach to Chhau Dance”. Published in Rupkatha: An Online Open Access Journal, ISSN 0975-2935 Volume V, Number 2, 2013.Rupkatha: An Online Open Access Journal volume-v2013Dept. of English, Calcutta University
Marxism, Ambedkarism and the Structures of Exclusion in Bangla Dalit LiteratureLittcrit, Vol.39, No.1, June 2012. ISSN: 0970-80492012P. Ajayakumar
Reformulating Public Diplomacy :A Study of the Indigenous Languages of Bengal(book chapter)New Dimensions in Public Diplomacy2012SSS Publications, NewDelhi
Translated into English DhaniBauri Gets ‘Salvation’ by Sunil Kumar Das (book chapter)Survival and Other Stories; eds. S.P.Singha&Indranil Acharya; Orient Blackswan; New Delhi, 2012, pp.147-1532012Orient Blackswan; New Delhi, 2012
“The Diasporic Consciousness in the Fictional Works of JhumpaLahiri”.Litscape: Journal of VUETC (ISSN 0976-9064),2009VUETC

Other Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Dalit Sahitya: KichhuPrasongikBhavna (book chapter)ManabAdhikar: Nana Dik, ed.Yasin Khan, Progressive Publishers, Kolkata, 2015, state level publisher; pp.749-7562015Progressive Publishers, Kolkata
Situating Folk Performances in the Public Domain: An Evaluation of Gambhira and Mughal TamashaJournal of the Department of English, V.U., Vol.11, pp.59-67, 2013-142014The Registrar, Vidyasgar University
“The Problematics of Gender Identity in the Early Poetry of T.S.Eliot”.Middle Flight: SSM Journal of English Literature (ISSN 2319- 7684), Vol.1, No.1,2013SSM College
“Politics of Representation in Translation and Publication of Bangla Dalit Writing: A Critique”.Litscape: Journal of VUETC (ISSN 0976- 9064), Vol.8, No.1, March 2013.2013VUETC
Translated into English two Dalit poems of Anil GharaiJournal of the Department of English, vol.10, 2012-13; pp.164-1652013Registrar, Vidyasagar University
“Resistant Subalternity: Re-reading Indigenous Writings of Australia and India”.Journal of the Dept. of English, V.U., Vol.9 (ISSN 0973-3671),2012VU
Nation and the Politics of Language of its Tribal Populace: A Case Study of the Indigenous Languages of West Bengal(book chapter)Nation and its Tribal People; eds.R.Chakrabarti&K.Chatterjee;2012Books Way, Kolkata, 2012 state level publisher
Translation of three poems of Anil Gharai.Journal of the Dept. of English, V.U., Vol.8 (ISSN 0973-3671),2010VU

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
Janajati Darpan (ISBN:9788193273746)Knowledge Bank Publishers & Distributors2018Editor
8.PASCHIMBANGER BHASHA Peoples Linguistic Survey of India (ISBN: 978-81-250-6251-6)Orient Blackswan2017co-editor
7.Smritibiloper Pore (After Amnesia by G.N.Devy) ISBN:978-93-86689-59-7Orient Blackswan2017translator (Bengali)
6.Janajati Darpan (ISBN:978-81-932737-4-6)Knowledge Bank Publishers and Distributors2017editor
5.Listen to the Flames: Texts and Readings from the MarginsOxford University Press2016co-editor
4.Towards Social Change: Essays on Dalit Literature (ISBN 978-81-250-5344-6).Orient Blackswan2014co-editor
3. Many Coloured Glass: A Compulsory English Textbook for V.U. (co-edited). New Delhi: Macmillan, 2013 (ISBN 935-0596-15-6).Macmillan,2013co-editor
2. Survival and Other Stories: Dalit Bangla Fiction in Translation (co-edited). New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012 (ISBN 978 81 250 4510 6).Orient Blackswan2012co-editor
1. “Beyond a Sense of Belonging: Race, Class and Gender in the Poetry of Yeats and Eliot”. New Delhi: SSS Publications, 2011 (ISBN 819022827-7).SSS Publications,2011sole author

Ph. D. Thesis Guidence
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
AninditaSenDiscourse of Human Rights in Testimonio Writings: A Select Study Submitted2018
Dipasree RoyThe Unconscious in the Colonial Experience of Rudyard Kipling: A Study of Select TextsProf. Debashis BandyopadhyayOngoing2020 (Expected)
Koutuk DuttaTowards An Alternative Canon: A Study of Select Works of Verrier Elwin and G.N.Devy Ongoing2019
Koushik RoyMargaret Atwood Maddaddam Trilogy and Old English Elegies: A Cross-Chronological StudyProf. Sankar Prasad SinghaOngoing2019
Mithun BhattacharyaPolitics of exclusion: A reading of the select writings of Mahasweta Devi and LaxmanGaikwadDr Joyjit GhoshOngoing2019
Sandeep ChattarajRepresentation of Pain and Suffering in Select Indigenous Folktales of India: A StudyDr Joyjit GhoshOngoing2019
Amitava PalArt and Power-play in Tom Stoppard Plays: A Re-appraisal Ongoing2019
ArpitaBhowmikRepresentation of Indigeneity in the Works of Verrier ElwinDr Amal ChakrabortyOngoing2018

Awarded Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Arpita RajRepresentation of Indigenous Identity in Santal Folk Narratives: A StudyDr Ratan HembramAwarded2018
Tanmoy Singha (M.Phil.)Poetics of Resistance: Representation of Marginal Women's Voices in the Select Works of Bama and P.Sivakami  Awarded2018
Souparna Roy (M.Phil.)Formation of Dalit Identity through Suffering and Resistance: A Study of Select Dalit Autobiographical Narratives Awarded2018
Aditi Mahapatra (M.Phil.)A Comparative study of Indian Dalit Feminism and African-American Feminism with special reference to Bama and Toni Morrison Awarded2018
Ujjwal PandaSense of Place in the Poetry of Larkin and Heaney Awarded2017
Tajuddin AhmedRediscovering Early Indian Muslim Novelists Writing in English: A Study of Iqbalunnisa Hussain and Zeenuth FutehallyProf. Sankar Prasad SinghaAwarded2015

Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
UGC Innovative Research Project Colonial to Post-Colonial: Re-Visiting the Cultural Cartographies of Adivasi Communities in West BengalPrincipal InvestigatorUGC2600002 year and 6 months20152017
Principal Investigator of UGC Major Research Project [F.No. 5-97/2013 (HRP); dated 11.03.2013] entitled “Documentation, Translation and Analysis of Bengali Folk Drama in the Context of Endangerment”. Total grants: 9.35 lakhsPrincipal InvestigatorUGC9350002 years20132015
Deputy Coordinator in the ongoing UGC SAP-III DRS-I Project (2009-14) till 06.03.2013; thrust area: documentation and translation of Dalit and tribal literature in West Bengal. Total grants: 35.5 lakhsDeputy CoordinatorUGC35500005 years20092014
Completed one UGC MRP entitled “Black Words, White Page: A Historical and Critical Survey of Contemporary Aboriginal Fiction of Australia”; completed by December, 2008; grants received: Rs.75,000/-Principal InvestigatorUGC750002 years20072009

Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Henry Fielding and the early 18th Century English Novel T.S. Eliot and English Literary CriticismDepartment of English (PG), Midnapore College (Autonomous); 21st August, 2018Midnapore College2018
Question of Identity and the Endangered Tribal Languages of Bengal: An InquestSchool of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, 15&16 MarchDepartment of English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi2018
Bangla Dalit LiteratureDebra College, Midnapore, 8th JanuaryDepartment of English, Debra College2018
Translation of Dalit LiteratureHijli College, Midnapore, 7th MarchHijli College, Midnapore2018
Understanding Our TimeSAMAS 2018; Dakshinayan 29&30 JanuaryWardha and Nagpur, Maharastra2018
Future of Printed Book in the Age of E-bookThe Times of India GroupPress Corner, Kolkata International Book Fair2018
Critical Theory: Recent Trends in English StudiesDepartment of English, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha; 05 November, 2018.Department of English, Ravenshaw University2018
Endangered Languages of West Bengal & Language DocumentationUGC-Human Resource Development Centre, the University of Burdwan; 12th July, 2018Burdwan University Summer School2018
1. Endangered Languages and Cultures 2. Language DocumentationUGC- Human Resource Development Centre, Ranchi University, Jharkhand; 9th August, 2018; invited Resource PersonRanchi University2018
Dalit Literature in the CurriculumGovernment College, Dantan-II, Midnapore, 21st DecemberGovernment College, Dantan-II, Midnapore2017
Folklore Studies: A Threatened Discipline in the Indian AcademiaIndian Folklore Congress, 16-18 NovemberManipur Central University, Imphal2017
Writing the Margins: Negotiating the Politics of Translating Dalit LiteratureRoutledge and West Bengal State University BarasatDepartment of English, West Bengal State University, 22-24 November2017
Dr Ambedkar and Bangla Dalit WritingDepartment of English and Cultural Studies, the University of BurdwanThe University of Burdwan 26&27 December2017
Mother Tongue Education at Primary Level- A Case Study of West BengalGhuman Bahubhasha Sahitya Sammelan, 4th AprilGhuman, Beas, Punjab2016
Unwritten Literature/Oral TraditionCentral Sahitya Akademi, 18&19 FebruarySahitya Akademi, New Delhi2016
Language DocumentationLinguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, 17-21 OctoberDepartment of Linguistics, Manipur Central University2016
Tribal Language Endangerment and Extinction: Towards a New ParadigmSidho-Kanho-Birsa University,Purulia, 7-8 DecemberSidho-Kanho-Birsa University, Purulia2016
Bangla Dalit LiteratureOxford University PressIndia International Centre, New Delhi, 7th April2016
Endangered Languages of BengalLinguistic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 10-12 FebruaryIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata2016
Dalit Literature and Endangered Tribal LanguagesBritish Council, Kolkata, 4th NovemberBritish Council Library, Kolkata2016
Literary Interpretation of NatureNSS Unit, Vidyasagar University, 11th AugustDepartment of Sociology, Vidyasagar University2016
Endangered Folk Drama of BengalAcademic Staff College, Banaras Hindu University, 06-26 Decemberphysical presentation did not happen; sent ppt & documentary for screening2016
Quest for Identity in the Poetry of Yeats and EliotSBSS College, Goaltore, 23rd SeptemberGoaltore, Midnapore2016
Politics of Exclusion in Indian Folk Theatre: A Study of some Endangered Forms of South BengalAliah University Kolkata, 14 January, 2016Aliah University Kolkata2016
Threatened Languages of West BengalTata Steel Jamshedpur & Bhasha Baroda, 15-18 NovemberJamshedpur, Tata Steel Tribal Conclave2015
Peoples Linguistic Survey of India and the Role of G.N.DevyBhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda, July 25Baroda2015
Language in Education Policy and Practice in India: The Case of West BengalState Council of Educational Research & Training, C.G., 21-23 FebruaryRaipur, C.G.2014
Documentation of community ethnography and eco-cultural study in West BengalBhasha, Baroda, IGNOU &Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi, 5-7 SeptemberIGNOU& Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi2013
Orienting Trainers: Introspecting on PCP DeliveryNetaji Subhas Open UniversityNSOU, Kolkata2013
West Bengal languages in global languages meetBHASHA, BarodaBaroda2012
Translation, Ideology and Politics in the 21st CenturyIGNOUNew Delhi2012
international conference on Public Diplomacy in theory and practiceDeakin University and Rajdhani College, university of DelhiIndia International Centre, New Delhi2011
West Bengal languagesCentral University of RajasthanAjmer2011

Membership of Learned Society 
Adviser, Central Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi
Nominated to the National Editorial Collective of People’s Linguistic Survey of India conducted by Bhasha Research Centre, Baroda, which is a Centre of Excellence, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India.
Member of Indian Association for the Study of Australia
Life Member of Comparative Literature Association of India
Executive Member of Indian Folklore Congress
Member of Executive Committee on Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network
Life Member, English Studies Association
Member of the international Dalit research network

Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
committee member of VUTA Silver Jubilee conference2010 to 2011
committee member of VURSA international conferences2009 to 2011
committee member of first VUAA conference2008 to 2009
Member VUTA since 20082008 to 2018
Souvenir Committee Joint Convenor Vidyasagar Yuva Mahotsava 2016-172016 to 2017

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Performance workshop on Banabibi Pala under the aegis of UGC SAP III DRS II Research project2019Co-InvestigatorSajnekhali Sunderban; Bhai Bhai Jatra Sangha, Sajnekhali, Gosaba, Sunderban
National Workshop on Translation of Border Literature in Bangla2018Resource PersonDepartment of English and Culture Studies, the University of Burdwan; 05&06 December, 2018
Workshop on Writings from the Sunderbans2018Resource PersonDepartment of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University; Centre for Translation of Indian Languages (CENTIL) Project Anuvad;20th December
PhD pre-submission seminar lecture2018External ExpertDepartment of English Aliah University, Kolkata
M.Phil. Viva-Voce Presentation2018External ExpertJadavpur University Department of English
M.Phil. Viva-Voce Presentation2018External ExpertUniversity of Calcutta Department ofEnglish
Literary Translation: Problems, Poetics and Politics2018Resource PersonJadavpur University; Sahitya Akademi and CENTIL, Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, 24 September 2018
84th PEN Congress on Truth, Freedom and Diversity- Language Diversity and Language Rights2018Resource PersonSavitribai Phule Pune University; PEN South India, Bhasha Baroda & Pune University; 27-29 September 2018
International Workshop on the Regional Variations of the Mahabharata2018Resource PersonOdisha Tourism Development Corporation Complex; organized by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and Ministry of Culture, Govt. of Odisha; 27-28 August, 2018
International Workshop on Academic Social Responsibility; 26&27 July, 20182018Resource PersonDepartment of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur UniversityOrganised by Project Anuvad UGC UPE2 and University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
M.Phil. Viva-Voce and seminar presentation2018External ExpertDepartment of English Central University of Sikkim Gangtok, Sikkim 20 November, 2018
Changing Contours of Adivasi Society and Culture: Crises and Negotiations; 22-24 March,20172017Paper presenterInnovative Research Project, Vidyasagar University
Dalit & Tribal Identities, the Nation & Globalization; 29.03.17 & 30.03.172017Chaired sessionsUGC SAP-III, DRS-II, Dept. of English, Vidyasagar University
National seminar-cum-workshop on Language Documentation; 17-21 October, 20162016Paper presenterManipur University and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Imphal, Manipur
Change for the Worse? Revisiting Adivasi Languages of South Bengal2016Paper presenterVidyasagar University Innovative Research Project 27-28 April
Bridgewater International Poetry Festival; 15-18 Jan, 20152015Paper presenterBridgewater College, Virginia, USA Skype presentation
Fractious Modernities: The (Dis)Contents of the Now; 24-26 Feb 20152015Paper presenterJadavpur University Department of English
South Asian Language Analysis Roundtable 14-16 May, 20152015Paper presenterLancaster University, United Kingdom Lancaster
Language and Development 18-20 Nov 20152015Paper presenterBritish Council The Lalit, New Delhi
national consultation on the completion of PLSI Volumes, 19-20 April2014Chaired sessionsBhasha, Baroda and IGNOU New Delhi
Indian Association for the Study of Australia Biennial Conference2014Paper presenterUniversity of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
Indian Folklore Congress2014Paper presenterManipur University, Imphal
Indian Folklore Congress; 19-21 December 20142014Paper presenterCenturion University, Odisha Parlakhemundi, Odisha
Literature and Marginality 20-22 February 20132013Paper presenterIGNOU, New Delhi
Remapping the English Literary Canon 18 & 19 Feb 20132013Paper presenterDept. of English, Vidyasagar University

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
Film and Literature Interface2018Joint ConvenorUGC (Unassigned Grant)
Changing Contours of Adivasi Society and Culture: Crises and Negotiations; 22-24 March,20172017Joint ConvenorUGC (Innovative Research Project)
Environmentalism and Literature, 21.03.172017Joint ConvenorUGC (Unassigned Grant)
Children Literature2016 ConvenorUGC (Unassigned Grant)
Coloniality and Postcoloniality: Adivasi Society andCulture in Transition2016Joint ConvenorUGC (Innovative Research Project)
Writing on Women, Writing by Women2014Joint ConvenorUGC
UGC SP-III DRS-I National Workshop on Documentation of Oral Literature2013Deputy CoordinatorUGC
International conference on Historicizing Sub-Regional Co-operation in South Asia: Society, Culture and Politics in Bangladesh and Eastern India; VU& MAKAIAS, Kolkata2012Joint ConvenerMAKAIAS & VU
UGC SAP-III DRS-I National Seminar on Translation of Dalit and Tribal Literature2012Deputy CoordinatorUGC and Sahitya Akademi
UGC SAP-III DRS-I National Workshop on Translation of Dalit Literature August 20112011Deputy CoordinatorUGC
UGC SAP-III DRS-I National Seminar on Documentation of Tribal Literature2011Deputy CoordinatorUGC
UGC SAP-III DRS-I National Seminar on “Translation of Dalit Literature: Problems and Prospects”2010Deputy CoordinatorUGC
International Seminar titled “The Role of Publication Houses in the Promotion of Literature”; UGC2009joint directorUGC

Award NameAwarded ByYear
Excellence in Book Production to Smritibiloper Pore- second prize in the regional language categoryFederation of Indian Publishers; New Delhi 30August 20182018
Excellence in Book Production to Paschimbanger Bhasha, second prizeFederation of Indian Publishers New Delhi 2017
PLSI FelicitationBhasha Research and Publication Centre2017

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