Google pays tribute to Mahasweta Devi on her birth anniversary

Angelo Anderson
January 14, 2018

In her tribute to the writer following her demise, Antara Dev Sen wrote about how Mahasweta Devi's books often mirror the society.

Devi was known not just for her writing but also for dedicating her life for the welfare of tribals across India.


Google on Sunday celebrated the 92nd birthday of eminent Bengali littérateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi with a doodle that depicts the writer's love for literature, and her crusade for the rights of rural and tribal people. Educated in Dhaka prior to India's independence, Mahasweta went on to study in Santiniketan and got her B.A from Visva-Bharati University and M.A in English from Calcutta University.

A long time champion for the political, social and economic rights of the tribal communities, Mahasweta Devi has said that the reason why she writes has evolved over the years. Some of her other literary works that won awards in India include "Aranyer Adhikar" or "The Occupation of the Forest", "Imaginary Maps", "Breast Givers", "Our Non-Veg Cow". She had also raised her voice against forcible land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram. She once said, "My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness". Being one of the noted authors, Mahasweta Devi was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan, the country's second-highest civilian award. For her excellent writings in Bengai, she was honoured with various literary awards such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Jnanpith Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award. Her short story "Choli Ke Peeche" inspired Italian director Italo Spinelli to make the multilingual "Gangor". Award winning films Hazar Chaurasi ki Ma and Rudali were based on her novels.

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