Alaler Gharer Dulal

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Alaler Gharer Dulal
Alaler Ghore Dulal.jpg
Author Peary Chand Mitra
Country India
Language Bengali
Genre Novel
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 199

Alaler Gharer Dulal (Bengali: আলালের ঘরের দুলাল, published in 1857) is a Bengali novel by Peary Chand Mitra (1814-1883). The writer used the pseudonym Tekchand Thakur for this novel.

The novel describes the society of the nineteenth century Calcutta (now Kolkata), and the bohemian lifestyle of the protagonist named Matilal. The novel is a landmark in the history of Bengali language and Bengali literature, as it used Cholitobhasa (colloquial form of the Bengali language) for the first time in print. The novel also happens to be one of the earliest Bengali novels.[1] The simple prose style introduced in the novel came to be known as "Alali language". The novel was first published serially in a monthly magazine, Masik Patrika. Later, a dramatised version was staged at the Bengal Theatre (January 1875).


  1. ^ Hana Catherine Mullens wrote Phoolmani O Karunar Bibaran in 1852. This is regarded as the first novel in Bengali; Alaler Gharer Dulal was published in 1858, as per Sansad Bangali Charitabhidhan page 423. Harinath Mazumdar wrote a novel Bijay Basanta at the same time as per Ramtanu Lahiri O Tatkalin Banga Samaj, page 88.


  • Huq, Mohammad Daniul (2012). "Alaler Gharer Dulal". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  • Bhattacharya, Ramkrishna, Alal in Translation
  • Alaler Gharer Dulal, Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo (1987) ed. Amaresh Datta, p. 126

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