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A History of Bengali Grammar has long been a desideratum. In the Name of History of Bengali Grammar. I have starting from the earliest Bengali grammar written by European (Portuguese) scholar in 1743, I have tried my best to include almost all the important Bengali grammars till the publication of the Bhasa-Prakas Bamla vyakaran of Professor Suniti Kumar Chatterji (1939-1942).
The reason for writing this book needs some explanations. Actually, it was in the year 2006 when being lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, Sanskrit College, Kolkata, I submitted a proposal for a Minor Research Project entitled as History of Bengali grammar to the University Grants Commission. In this proposal I clearly mentioned the views and the objectives of my study. My whole work was divided into two broad divisions. In the first part, I discussed the brief life history of each Bengali grammarian as far as possible together with the content-study of their writings, through which we would get a general outlook of each Bengali grammar. The second part of my project work was more elaborative and exhaustive. It was a thorough comparative study. Here I would give emphasis on the comparative analysis of grammatical ideas of each Bengali grammarian. In fact, that part of the work would be both comparative as well as historical. However, finally the University Grants commission approved my project and I started my work from July 2006. For this type of project work the University grants commission fixed up the time limit for two years. So following the rules of the Commission I completed the report along with the work to the commission. In fact, this is the background history of the present book. In my I have applied Indo-European or Old Indo-Aryan method in Bengali to m
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