Alaler Gharer Dulal (1857) Bangla novel
by peary chand
mitra (1814-1883). It portrays early 19th century calcutta
society and focuses on the bohemian life of a character named Matilal.
Thakchacha is another important character. The author used chalita
bhasa, the colloquial prose form, hitherto never used in writing.
Since Peary Chand's Alaler Gharer Dulal was the first book written
using the colloquial form, this style came to be known as 'Alali language'.
Peary Chand used plenty of contemporary Bangla and foreign words, as well
as Bangla words derived from sanskrit
but in a corrupted form. He used the pseudonym 'Tekchand Thakur'. The
novel was serialised in a monthly magazine, Masik Patrika (1854),
founded by Peary Chand himself. Later, a dramatised version, written by
Hiralal, was staged at the bengal
theatre (January 1875). The novel has also been translated
into English. [Mohammad Daniul Huq]