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10 Facts You Need To Know About Mahasweta Devi

She would often say, 'The tribals are more civilized than us', highlighting the absence of the caste and dowry systems and discriminations in their society

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Mahasweta Devi was honored with several awards such as Sahitya Akademi Award, Gnyanpith Award, and Ramon Magsaysay Award, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan. Wikimedia Commons
Mahasweta Devi was honored with several awards such as Sahitya Akademi Award, Gnyanpith Award, and Ramon Magsaysay Award, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan. Wikimedia Commons
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Mahasweta Devi was famous for her work in the field of Bengali fiction. Hajar Churashir MaaRudali, and Aranyer Adhikar are some of her most notable literary works. Mahasweta Devi’s awards consist of Sahitya Akademi Award, Gnyanpith Award, and Ramon Magsaysay Award, Padma Shri, and Padma Vibhushan. Mahasweta Devi was a self-recognized communist. She died on 28th July 2016 after suffering a heart attack.

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Here are some facts you need to know about Mahasweta Devi: 

1. Mahasweta Devi was born in 1926 in Dhaka and her family migrated to India after partition.

2. Her parents were also writers. Her father was related to Kallol movement, one of the most influential literary movements in Bengali literature. Film-maker Ritwik Ghatak was her uncle.

3. After completing her MA in English from Calcutta University, Devi married famous playwright Bijon Bhattacharya, one the founding fathers of Indian People’s Theatre Association. Their son Nabarun Bhattacharya, also went on to become a writer. Devi divorced Bhattacharya in 1959.

4. Mahasweta Devi worked opposed West Bengal government’s acquisition of farmers’ lands that were sold to corporates. She also worked for the tribals of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. She edited a tribal magazine called Bartike.

A mourning ceremony for Mahasweta Devi. Wikimedia Commons
A mourning ceremony for Mahasweta Devi. Wikimedia Commons

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5. Her work in support of the Sabar tribe earned her the title ‘The Mother of the Sabars’.

6. Her writings often depict the oppression of tribals and untouchables by upper-caste landlords and lenders. She used to say, ‘Real history is made by ordinary people’.

7. Mahasweta Devi Books

Jhansir Rani (1956), Hajar Churashir Maa (1975), Aranyer Adhikar (1977) and Rudaali (1993) are some of her most famous works in Bengali Literature.

8. She left her teaching career in 1984 to dedicate time to writing and activism.

9. She had a deep respect for tribal life and culture. She would often say, ‘The tribals are more civilized than us’, highlighting the absence of the caste and dowry systems and discriminations in their society.

10. Mahasweta Devi Films

Mahasweta Devi’s literary works have been adapted in several films. For example, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Sunghursh, Gangor, Rudaali and Maati Maay.

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8 must-read works of Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was a versatile artist who provided an earnest insight into society and humanity with his various short stories, novels, essays, songs, plays, and paintings.

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Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature. Wikimedia Commons
Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature. Wikimedia Commons
  • Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature.
  • He has many landmarks works to his name which continues to inspire masses.
  • His collection of poems, Gitanjali got him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

The Nobel Prize-winning writer, Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudeva or the Bard of Bengal, was the trailblazer of Bengali literature. He possessed literary genius through which he brought a revolution in Bengali literature and music.

A painting by mullti-talented Rabindranath Tagore.
A painting by multi-talented Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore was a versatile artist who provided an earnest insight into society and humanity through his short stories, novels, songs and paintings. His works even today inspire the masses and young readers and writers. Here is the list of some of his remarkable works:

Gitanjali

One of his best work is a collection of 157 poems called ‘Gitanjali’. The poems in this book vary in their themes, from spirituality to complexities of life. It was originally written in Bengali and was later translated into English. This work was so remarkable that Tagore got a Nobel Prize for it in 1913.

Gitanjali is the landmark work of Tagore. Wikimedia Commons
Gitanjali is the landmark work of Tagore. Wikimedia Commons

 Gitabitan

Rabindranath Tagore was a skilled and sensible songwriter. Throughout his life, he wrote a total of 2230 songs which are popularly known as ‘Rabindra Sangeeth’. The songs were compiled in this exquisite book called ‘Gitabitan.’

Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali or ‘A grain of sand’ is a Bengali novel written by Tagore, which was later translated into English. The story revolves around an extra-marital affair and depicts passion, desires, relationships and honesty in all its complexities. The novel is well known for its portrayal of complexities in a relationship.

Gora 

Rabindranath Tagore wrote 12 novels, and out of these, this one is the longest and most complex. It raises a number of concerns, which are relevant to our nation even today. This book aptly reflects different social standards in colonial India.

Rabindranath Tagore produced many works which changed the literature in India. Image source: buddybyte.com
Rabindranath Tagore produced many works which changed the literature in India. Image source: buddybyte.com

Kabuliwallah(The Fruitseller from Kabul)

The Kabuliwala is about an Afghan vendor who came to Calcutta, trying to earn a living. Along the way, he creates an emotional bond with the narrator’s five-year-old daughter. It is a very touching and heart-warming story which will leave you emotional.

Ghare Baire (The Home and the World)

This book has an autobiographical aspect. It reflects upon the deeper meaning of life by showing the struggles of three individuals. The story represents a war between the western and eastern ideology. Tagore chose Swadeshi Movement as the backdrop for this novel and provided a deep insight into the Bengal history.

The Postmaster

This is another one of Tagore’s work which revolves around the search for the meaning of life. This story of a city man working as a postmaster in a village to earn his living will give you lots of food for thought. The story represents loneliness in a beautifully haunting way.

Shesher Kabita

This novel was first released in a serialised form in the magazine ‘Probashi’. It was published as a book in the year 1928. The translated version of the book is called ‘The Last Poem’ and ‘Farewell song’ in English. The book portrays the platonic love of a matured couple and its complication. It is an epic love saga.