|Mahasweta Devi, an Indian social activist and writer was born in the year 1926 in Dacca to literary parents, Manish Ghatak(father) and Dharitri Devi (mother). She did her first schooling in Dhaka, but shifted to West Bengal subsequent to the partition of India. In West Bengal, she joined the Vishvabharati University in Shantiniketan to pursue B.A. (Hons.) in English. Later on, she completed M.A. in English at the Calcutta University. She got wedded to famous dramatist and actor, Bijon Bhattacharya.
|She worked as a creative writer and journalist while teaching at Bijoygarh College that was affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Her works are inclusive of Hajar Churashir Ma, Aranyer Adhikar, Agnigarbha, Our Non-Veg Cow, Choti Munda evam Tar Tir, Breast-Giver, and Dhowli amidst others. She has been awarded with honours such as Jnanpith Award (1996), Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism, literature and creative communication (1997), as well as Padma Vibhushan(2006).