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Mahasweta Devi
Mahasweta Devi
Mahasweta Devi
Born (1926-01-14)14 January 1926
Matualalaya, Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 28 July 2016(2016-07-28) (aged 90)
Kolkata, India
Occupation Political activist, author, diplomat
Period 1956–2016
Genre Novel, short story, drama, essay
Subject Denotified tribes of India
Literary movement Gananatya
Notable works Hajar Churashir Maa
(Mother of 1084)
Aranyer Adhikar
(The Right of the Forest)
Titu Mir
Notable awards Padma Vibhushan
Padma Shri
Sahitya Akademi Award
Ramon Magsaysay Award
Jnanpith Award
Spouse Bijon Bhattacharya (1947–1962)
Asit Gupta (1965–1976)
Children Nabarun Bhattacharya
Relatives Manish Ghatak (father)
Dharitri Devi (mother)

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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. She wrote over 100 novels and over 20 collections of short stories primarily written in Bengali but often translated to other languages.

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


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