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Bengali literature refers to the body of writings in the
Bengali language which has developed from a form
of Prakrit or Indo-Aryan language.
The Bengali literature has been divided
into three main periods - ancient,
medieval and modern. These different
periods may be dated as: ancient
period from 950 AD to 1350 AD,
medieval from 1350 AD to 1800 AD and the modern one from 1800 AD
to the present.
Ancinet period - In ancient period, the Bengali
literature is survived through forty-eight spiritual hymns known
as Charyapada (twelth century) composed by
Buddhist monks. The composers of the
Charyapada hymns include Luipa, Bhusukupa,
Kahnapa and Shavarpa” (“Bengali literature”).
The medieval period - well known for Ramai Pandit’s narrative
poem Shunyapurana. The collection of lyrical poems in
Apabhramsa (dialect of medieval period
in Bengal) named Prakrtapaingala is
the part of Bengali literature in medieval period.
During this period, literature developed
in three main areas: Vaishnava literature,
Mangala literature and translation literature and the
beginning of Muslim Bangla literature.
The modern period of Bengali literature
started with the foundation of Fort William College in
1800. The powerful prose literature
developed in this period along with the
rise of periodical literature and new
poetic genres. The writers of modern period experimented with
different forms of literary writings.
Source: EVOLUTION OF BENGALI LITERATURE: AN OVERVIEW by Dr. PURNIMA BALI, researchgate.net
Chronological list of Bengali language authors at Wikipedia