Literature
To familiarize one with the cultural heritage and ancestral rich history of Bengal, the first thing that comes to mind is its rich heritage of literary contributions over the centuries. Although literary works in Bengali can be traced up to ancient times, here is a brief list of literary personalities that made positive contributions over the last three centuries.
 
Ramprasad Sen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramprasad_Sen
Ramram Basu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramram_Basu
Kaliprasanna Singha

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6916233.Kaliprasanna_Singha
 
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/bankim-chandra-chatterjee.html
Dinabandhu Mitra

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/955120.Dinabandhu_Mitra
Sanjib Chandra Chattopadhyay

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanjib_Chandra_Chattopadhyay
Michael Madhusudan Dutt

http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/19635-christians-who-changed-their-world
Girsh Chandra Ghosh

http://www.ramakrishnavivekananda.info/gospel/introduction/girish.htm
Atulprasad Sen

http://www.bdlinks.net/biography/Atulprasad-Sen.php
Rajanikanta Sen

http://rajanikantasen.info/songlist.htm
Abanindranath Tagore

http://totallyhistory.com/abanindranath-tagore/
Dwijendralal Roy

http://www.poetseers.org/spiritual-and-devotional-poets/indian-poets-20th-century/d-l-roy/
Rabindranath Tagore

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1913/
Maitreyee Devi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maitreyi_Devi
Jibananda Das

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jibanananda_Das
Pramatha Chowdhury

http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Chowdhury,_Pramatha
Indira Devi Chowdhurani

http://www.scots-tagore.org/#!indira-devi-chaudhurani/c20co
Upendra Kishore Ray Chowdhuri

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7030901.Upendrakishore_Ray_Chowdhury
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sarat-chandra-chatterji.html
Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay

http://www.parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/bbb.html
Kazi Nazrul Islam

http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/kazi-nazrul-islam-5502.php
Sukumar Ray

http://www.parabaas.com/translation/database/translations/essays/pZinia_sukumar.html
Tara Shankar Bandyopadhyay

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4401668.Tarashankar_Bandyopadhyay
 
Annadashankar Roy

http://odisha.gov.in/e-magazine/Orissareview/2008/November-2008/engpdf/58-60.pdf
Manik Bandyopadhyay

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/manik-bandopadhyay-biography.html
Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay

http://www.ebharat.in/profile/bibhutibhushan-mukhopadhyay/biography
Banaphool

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4858944.Banaful
Leela Majumdar

http://parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/lilamajumdar.html
Ashutosh Mukherjee

http://www.worldlibrary.org/articles/ashutosh_mukherjee_(writer)
Sukanta Bhattachrya

http://www.poemhunter.com/sukanta-bhattacharya/biography/
Bimal Kar

http://www.famousbio.com/Bimal-Kar
Ashapurna Devi

http://www.kalpana.it/eng/writer/indian_writers/asha_purna_devi.htm
Buddhadev Basu

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/683711.Buddhadeva_Bose
Pratibha Basu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protiva_Bose
Premendra Mitra

http://www.poemhunter.com/premendra-mitra/biography/
Gajendra Kumar Mitra

http://famousbio.com/Gajendra-Kumar-Mitra
Rajsekhar Basu (Parashuram)

http://www.parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/parashuram.html
S. Wajid Ali

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Wajid_Ali
Bishnu Dey

http://www.poemhunter.com/bishnu-dey/biography/
Satyendra Nath Dutta

http://rumkispeaks.blogspot.com/2014/12/short-biography-of-satyendranath-dutta.html
Satyajit Ray

http://www.satyajitray.org/
Syed Mustafa Siraj

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4859145.Syed_Mustafa_Siraj
Abu Sayeed Ayyub

http://www.bdlinks.net/biography/Abu-Sayeed-Ayyub.php
Gour Kishore Ghosh

http://www.rmaf.org.ph/newrmaf/main/awardees/awardee/profile/259
Gauri Ayyub

http://www.theinfolist.com/php/HTMLGet.php?FindGo=Gauri%20Ayyub
Samaresh Basu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaresh_Basu
Syed Mujtaba Ali

http://www.visvabharati.ac.in/SyedMujtabaAli.html
Manoj Basu

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4858945.Manoj_Basu
Santosh Kumar Ghosh

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santosh_Kumar_Ghosh
Nirendranath Chakraborty

http://www.astrosage.com/celebrity-horoscope/about-nirendranath-chakravarty-who-is-nirendranath-chakravarty.asp
Shakti Chattopadhyay

http://www.poemhunter.com/shakti-chattopadhay/biography/
Sharadindu Bandypopadhyay

http://www.parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/saradindu.html
Alok Ranjan Dasgupta

http://parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/alokeranjan.html
Mahashweta Devi

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/mahasweta-devi.html
Sunil Gangopadhyay

https://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/sunilgangopadhyay.html
Sankar (Mani Sankar Mukhopadhyay)

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7083158.Sankar
Subhash Mukhopadhyay

https://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/subhasmukhopadhyay.html
Shaktipada Rajguru

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaktipada_Rajguru
Shanku Maharaj

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340947.Shanku_Maharaj
Buddhadeb Guha

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2292193.Buddhadeb_Guha
Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay

http://www.parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/shirshendu.html
Nabaneeta Dev Sen

https://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/nabaneetadevsen.html
Shamsur Rahman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamsur_Rahman_(poet)
Ramapada Chowdhury

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4859144.Ramapada_Chowdhury
Prafulla Roy

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/64526.Prafulla_Roy
Sanjib Chattopadhyay

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1081614.Sanjib_Chattopadhyay
Dibyendu Palit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dibyendu_Palit
Samares Mazumdar

http://www.astrainfotech.in/samaresmazumdar/
Amitabha Chowdhuri

http://www.rmaf.org.ph/newrmaf/main/awardees/awardee/profile/106
Shankha Ghosh

http://www.poemhunter.com/shankha-ghosh/biography/
Bani Basu

https://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/banibasu.html
Suchitra Bhattacharya

https://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/suchitrabhattacharya.html
Joy Goswami

https://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/joygoswami.html
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