The Partition of India on August 15, 1947, caused Bengal to be separated into West and East, the latter becoming East Pakistan.
The terror of partition was depicted in Bengali cinema, literature and songs through the works of Ritwik Ghatak, Amitav Ghosh, Jibanananda Das and Taslima Nasreen.
It is through these works of art that Bengal’s people feel an almost violent and secret intimacy, even 70 years after Partition.
Note: The video inadvertently swapped the birth and death year of poet Jibanananda Das. The correct years are 1899-1954.