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Nabaneeta Dev Sen

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Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Born: 13 January 1938

Died: 7 November 2019

  • She was an Indian writer and academic.
  • After studying arts and comparative literature, she moved to US where she studied further.
  • She returned to India and taught at several universities and institutes as well as served on various positions in literary institutes.
  • She published more than 80 books in Bengali: poetry, novels, short stories, plays, literary criticism, personal essays, travelogues, humour writing, translations and children’s literature.
  • She received many national and international awards and honours, including: Gouridevi Memorial Award, Mahadevi Verma Award (1992), Celli Award from Rockefeller Foundation (1993), Sarat Award from Bhagalpur University of Bihar (1994), Prasad Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi Award (1999).
  • She has also received Rabindra Puraskar, Kabir Samman, Samskriti Award, Kamal Kumari National Award (2004), Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (2017),and the Big Little Book Award for children’s literature in 2017, when the award focused on Bengali writing.
  • She was awarded the Padma Shri (2000), the fourth highest civillian award by the Government of India.
  • She was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999.

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