Born - 1926
Achievements - Mahasweta Devi is an eminent Indian Bengali
writer, who has been studying and writing incessantly about the life and
struggles faced by the tribal communities in the states like Bihar, West
Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Mahasweta Devi is a reputed Indian writer who was born in the year 1926
into a middle class Bengali family at Dacca, which is located in present
day Bangladesh. She received her education from the prestigious
Shantiniketan set up by great Indian philosopher and thinker,
Rabindranath Tagore that went on to become a part of the Visva Bharti
University later on. Mahasweta Devi graduated from the University of
Calcutta and this was followed by an MA degree in English from the Visva
Read on to know more about the biography of Mahasweta Devi. Since her
entire family had shifted to India by now, Devi began teaching at the
Bijoygarh College in 1964. In those times, this particular college was a
forum operating for elite female students. This phase was also utilized
by Mahasweta Devi to work as a journalist and a creative writer. Of
late, Mahasweta Devi is known to have been studying the life history of
rural tribal communities in the Indian state of West Bengal and also
women and dalits.
Devi is a social activist who has wholly involved herself to work for
the struggles of the tribal people in states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh. In the fiction themed on Bengal which Devi writes, she
often narrates the brutal oppression faced by the tribal people at the
hands of the powerful upper caste persons comprising landlords, money
lenders and government officials in this belt.
During the 2006 Frankfurt Book Fair when India happened to be the first
country to have been invited to this fair for a second time, Mahasweta
Devi made a very touching inaugural speech which moved many among the
listeners to tears. Inspired by the famous Raj Kapoor song, she said: "This
is truly the age where the Joota (shoe) is Japani (Japanese), Patloon
(pants) is Englistani (British), the Topi (hat) is Roosi (Russian), But
the Dil (heart) is always Hindustani (Indian)"