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Mahasweta Devi, Bengali writer

Mahasweta Devi was born on 14th January 1929 at Dhaka in Bangladesh. She is a prominent Indian Bengali writer and social activist. She is a writer and activist whose life is dedicated to the life and struggles of tribal communities. Her working area includes Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Lodhas and Shabars are her recently published works which are related to the study of tribals.

In her novels she always narrates the brutal oppression faced by the tribal people in the hands of upper class landlords, money lenders and government officials.

She has received Jnanpith in 1996, Padma Shri in 1986 and Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1997 and Padma Vibhushan in 2006. Hajar Churashir Ma (No. 1084's Mother, 1975), Dust on the Road, Our Non-Veg Cow, Bashai Tudu , Titu Mir, Rudali, Old Women and  The Book of the Hunter are her major works. Rudaali (1993) and Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998) are the films based on her works.

Courtesy: ‘Mahasweta Devi’, Movie directed by Mr. Sandip Ray for Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.

You can buy this DVD from Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.