Mahasweta Devis 92nd Birthday Anniversary Google Doodle Her Books And Novels - Top What For You


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Mahasweta Devis 92nd Birthday Anniversary Google Doodle Her Books And Novels

Mahasweta Devis 92nd Birthday Anniversary Google Doodle Her Books And Novels

Google paid tribute to social activist and Bengali author Mahasweta Devi today on the occasion of her 92nd birth anniversary. 

The Ramon Magsaysay awardee passed away in July 2016 following an age-related illness. She was honored with the Jnanpith Award in 1996. Counted among South Asia's most decorated authors, Mahasweta Devi was also bestowed with Padmashri, Padma Vibhushan, and Sahitya Akademi award. 

The writer-activist was known for a lifetime of dedicated work for the welfare of tribals in different parts of India. She raised her voice against forcible land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram. 
"My India," she once said, "still lives behind a curtain of darkness". Her famous works like 'Hajar Churashir Ma' (Mother of 1084), 'Aranyer Adhikar' (Right to the Forest, 'Jhansir Rani' (The Queen of Jhansi), 'Agnigarbha' (The Fire Within), 'Rudali', 'Sidhu Kanhur Dalkey', gave an insight into the oppressed lives.

After graduating with Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English from the Patha-Bhavana Vishvabharati University, Santiniketan, she also completed her Master's degree in English from Calcutta University. 

For her work in the literary field, she received Sahitya Akademi Award for "Aranyer Adhikar" in 1979, Jnanpith Award in 1996, Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1997 and was shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize in 2009. 

Many of her novels inspired filmmakers and were turned into movies. Award-winning films like Govind Nihalani's 1998 movie Hazar Chaurasi Ki Ma and Kalpana Lajmi  Rudali were based on books authored by Mahasweta Devi. While Rudali was based on the lives of professional mourners upon the death of upper-caste males in Rajasthan, 'Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Ma' (The Mother of 1084) is based on her Bengali novel on the emotional struggles of a mother who tries to understand the reasons behind her son's involvement in the Naxalite movement. 

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Manish Ghatak, father of Mahasweta Devi was a very great poet and novelist of the Kallol movement. His mother was also a writer and also used social service. His writing was inherited from his parents. Mahasweta had written about 100 novels and had a collection of 20 short stories which he had written in the Bengali language. He wrote his first novel on the life of Rani's Jhansi Lakshmi Bai. The name of this novel was Jhansi Rani, which was published in 1956. He was not only a writer but also a teacher. In 1964, he started teaching at a college in Jadavpur, Kolkata. Apart from this, he has also tried his hand in journalism.

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