1. ‘Bengal has lost a glorious mother’; Twitterati mourns the loss of acclaimed writer Mahasweta Devi

‘Bengal has lost a glorious mother’; Twitterati mourns the loss of acclaimed writer Mahasweta Devi

The field of writing in India is such, that is saturated with Bengali writers, but Mahasweta Devi, winner of Sahitya Akademi award, carved her own stone. Her stories dealt with fictional people from the real world. Most of her characters would be migrant labourers, or landless farmers, tribal women and all from the lowest of castes and about their suppression.

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When the Legendary writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away on Thursday people poured in with condolences. (PTI) When the Legendary writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away on Thursday people poured in with condolences. (PTI)

The field of writing in India is such, that is saturated with Bengali writers, but Mahasweta Devi, winner of Sahitya Akademi award, carved her own stone. Her stories dealt with fictional people from the real world. Most of her characters would be migrant labourers, or landless farmers, tribal women and all from the lowest of castes and about their suppression. And all of it did not come from imagination alone. She had met these people in the poorest of villages in Bengal. When the Legendary writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away on Thursday people poured in with condolences.

The people who have read her works, definitely are going to feel the void she has left in the literary world, but even others who get to find about her now and read her, will probably find their new love. Padma Vibhushan Mahasweta Devi who had won the Sahitya Akademi award and Jnanpith award for her literary excellence and the Magasaysay award for her social work, is going to be missed by the world in the times to come. Her famous works include ‘Aranyer Adhikar’, ‘Chotti Munda evam Tar Tir’, ‘Rudali’, ‘Kulaputra’ and ‘Agnigarbha.’

She worked for the empowerment of tribals in the country and was also called as ‘The mother of the Sabars’ because of her work for the welfare of tribal communities especially with the ‘Sabars’, a tribal community in Bengal. Here is how the Twiterrati reacted:

She published her first book in 1956. It was titled ‘Jhansir Rani’ (The Queen of Jhansi). Hers works like Hazaar Chaurasir Maa, Sunghursh, Gangor, Rudaali and Maati Maay, have inspired many filmmakers and theatre directors all over the world. Hajar Churashir Ma, one of her most favourite novels, based on the Naxalite movement, was made into a film by Govind Nihalani in 1998.

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