Mahasweta Devi remembered on her 92nd birth anniversary by Google Doodles

Mahasweta Devi remembered on her 92nd birth anniversary by Google Doodles

Google on Sunday paid tribute to award-winning author and social activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary.

Hailing from a family of prolific playwrights and writers, Mahasweta Devi wielded the power of the pen to bring to light the plight of "suffering spectators" in our fast-developing country.

Born in 1926 in Decca (what is now Dhaka) in British India, Mahasweta Devi was the daughter of literary parents - her father Manish Ghatak was a poet and novelist, her mother Dharitri Devi was a writer and activist. Hajar Churashir Ma (Mother of 1084), Aranyer Adhikar (Right to the Forest), Breast Stories, Tin Korir Sadh, Agnigarbha (The Fire Within) and Rudali were some of her most notable works.

Devi is well known for her crusade for the rights and empowerment of the Lodha and Shabar, the tribal people from West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. She then went on to work as a teacher and a journalist. She also studied Master's in English from Calcutta University.

"The reason and inspiration for my writing are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat", she once said. The author has also raised her voice against the forcible acquisition of land in Singur and Nandigram. She had said, "My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness". Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Bharatiya Jananpith Award, the Ramon Magsaysay Award and the Padma Vibhushan, "Mahasweta Devi is credited with initiating a new move in Bengali literature that blends history, fiction and myth with a touch of documentary reality". She passed away on July 28, 2016, at the age of 90, in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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