Mahasweta Devi

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Mahasweta Devi
Mahasweta Devi
Born(1926-01-14)14 January 1926
Matualalaya, Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died28 July 2016(2016-07-28) (aged 90)
Kolkata, India
OccupationPolitical activist, author, diplomat
GenresNovel, short story, drama, essay
SubjectsDenotified tribes of India
Literary movementGananatya
Notable work(s)Hajar Churashir Maa
(Mother of 1084)
Aranyer Adhikar
(The Right of the Forest)
Titu Mir
Notable award(s)Padma Vibhushan
Padma Shri
Sahitya Akademi Award
Ramon Magsaysay Award
Jnanpith Award
Spouse(s)Bijon Bhattacharya (1947–1962)
Asit Gupta (1965–1976)
ChildrenNabarun Bhattacharya
Relative(s)Manish Ghatak (father)
Dharitri Devi (mother)


Mahasweta Devi (14 January 1926 – 28 July 2016) was an Indian Bengali fiction writer and socio-political activist. Her notable literary works include Hajar Churashir Maa, Rudali, and Aranyer Adhikar.[1] She wrote over 100 novels and over 20 collections of short stories primarily written in Bengali but often translated to other languages.[2]

Devi died of multiple organ failure on 28 July 2016, aged 90.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tearing the curtain of darkness". The Hindu. 2016-07-31. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  2. "Who was Mahasweta Devi? Why her death is a loss for Indian readers". Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  3. Staff, Scroll. "Eminent writer Mahasweta Devi dies at 90 in Kolkata". Scroll. Retrieved 28 July 2016.