Google honours award-winning author Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi

Other than her popularity for her literary work, Devi was also 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. Her father's brother Ritwik Ghatak was considered one of the finest directors in Bengal and her husband Bijon Bhattacharya was a prominent left-wing playwright and actor. Mahasweta Devi was born on January 14, 1926, in British India now in Bangladesh. Her most popular works include Hajar Churashir Maa, Rudali and Aranyer Adhikar, the former two of which have been adapted into motion pictures.

Mahasweta began her writing career with a biography on Rani Lakshmibai, titled Jhansir Rani, in 1956. He had once said, "The reason and inspiration for my writing are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat". "I write for the masses".

Google often pays tribute to eminent personalities or reminds us of important days via its colourful doodle. 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". "When you see women in Argentina protesting restrictions by breastfeeding in public, you remember Mahasweta's Gangor, the young tribal mother who was horribly tormented by the police because someone took a photo of her breastfeeding her baby and published it", she wrote. Her work has been translated into multiple languages.

The noted author breathed her last in July 2016.

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