Honoring the Padma Shree awardee, Bengali author and social activist Mahasweta Devi, Google is celebrating what would have been her 92nd birthday, in a doodle. In her lifetime, Devi wrote some 100 novels and a collection of 20 short stories, of which, she is best known for her “Hajar Churashir Ma”, “Rudali”, and “Chotti Munda Evam Tar Tir”.
Born in 1926, in Decca, British India (Now Dhaka, Bangladesh), Devi graduated in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English from the Rabindranath Tagore-founded Patha-Bhavana Vishvabharati University in Santiniketan. She also studied Master’s in English from Calcutta University.
In 1997, Devi was also awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay award in journalism, literature, and the creative communication arts for “compassionate crusade through art and activism to claim for tribal peoples a just and honorable place in India’s national life.”
Devi was also honored with awards like Jnanpith Award and Padma Vibhushan. 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.