Leela Dube

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Leela Dube

Born: 27 March 1923

Died: 20 May 2012

  • She was a renowned anthropologist and feminist scholar, fondly called Leeladee by many.
  • She was the widow of anthropologist and sociologist Shyama Charan Dube and a younger sister of the late classical singer Sumati Mutatkar.
  • She is survived by two sons, Mukul Dube and Saurabh Dube.
  • Known for her work on kinship and in women’s studies, she wrote several books including Matriliny and Islam: religion and society in the Laccadives and Women and kinship: comparative perspectives on gender in South and South‑east Asia.
  • At different times, she was associated with the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
  • For short spells she was visiting faculty at several universities in different parts of the world.
  • In keeping with her expressed wish, her eyes were donated after her death.
  • Her last publication, a Marathi translation of her last book in English, was Manavashastratil Lingbhavachi Shodhamohim, which appeared in 2009.

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