Pallab Bhattacharya

Pallab Bhattacharya is a special correspondent for The Daily Star.

April 16, 2022
April 16, 2022

Cravings for chocolate lands boy in prison

A Bangladeshi teenager was sent to jail in India on Wednesday for illegally crossing into the neighbouring country to buy his favourite brand of chocolate.

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

Documentary on Bangabandhu’s stay in Kolkata in the works

The four years Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spent in Kolkata from 1942 when he studied in Islamia College (later renamed Maulana Azad College) in the city’s central part played a key role in...

March 12, 2022
March 12, 2022

Is 2022 precursor to 2024 polls in India?

Holi, the festival of colour, has come a week early for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Even before the full results of the assembly elections in Uttar

March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022

5-State assembly polls: BJP soars, Congress sinks

Overcoming strong anti-incumbency sentiments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP yesterday stormed back into power for a second successive tenure in the most populous and politically crucial...

February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022

Alvida, Disco King

The man beloved for the song “Chalte chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna/ Kabhi alvida na kehna” (As you walk remember this song of mine/ Don’t ever say farewell) bade his final farewell, leaving the...

February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022

Party loyalty in the shifting sand of Indian politics

When RPN Singh quit the Congress and joined the BJP on January 25, 2022, he joined a growing list of politicians switching sides ahead of the coming assembly elections in five Indian states: Uttar...

February 12, 2022
February 12, 2022

A region connected by waterways

When the Indian cargo vessel MV, named after former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, set sail carrying 200 tonnes of food grain on a 2,350 km journey

February 8, 2022
February 8, 2022

‘Whenever you hear my songs, you will hum with me’

If I am asked to pick one song from a Hindi film that best encapsulates how the posterity would look back at the singing legends Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi, it would be “Pagla Kahin Ka” ...

February 7, 2022
February 7, 2022

The songbird falls silent

Lata Mangeshkar’s voice is immortal.

February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022

A Director’s Delight

It was the spring of 1985 in New Delhi. I, along with my father Vishnupada Bhattacharya, a linguist, literary critic and a teacher at the Department of Modern Indian Languages in Delhi University,...