Google on Sunday honoured Mahasweta Devi, an Indian fiction writer and social activist with a doodle. This artwork of Google pays tribute to the pre-eminent writer on her 92nd birthday. Mahasweta Devi was born on January 14, 1926, in British India now in Bangladesh. Her parents Manish Ghatak and mother Dharitri Devi were also known for their literary works. Author Mahasweta Devi is well known for her novels and short stories that depict the struggles of India’s tribal people, especially women. He had once said, “The reason and inspiration for my writing are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat.” Devi died on July 28, 2016, at the age of 90 due to multiple organ failures in Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic hospital.
Several of her novels have been turned into films in the recent past. Award-winning films ‘Hazar Chaurasi ki Ma’ and ‘Rudali’ were based on her novels. She had also raised her voice against forcible land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram. She had said, “My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness.” Some of her other literary works that won awards in India include ‘Aranyer Adhikar’ or ‘The Occupation of the Forest’, ‘Imaginary Maps’, ‘Breast Givers’, ‘Our Non-Veg Cow’. She is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan and the Magsaysay. She was also bestowed with Padmashri, Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith award.
Mahasweta Devi literary works also focused on women’s rights. Her short story ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ was made into a multilingual film ‘Gangor’ by Italian director Italo Spinelli. Award-winning movies that were inspired by her books include Govind Nihalani’s 1998 movie ‘Hazar Chaurasi ki Ma’ and ‘Kalpana Lajmi Rudali’. ‘Hazaar Chaurasi ki Ma’ (The Mother of 1084) is based on her Bengali novel on the emotional struggles of a mother whose son is involved in the Naxalite movement. Rudali was based on the lives of professional mourners upon the death of upper-caste males in Rajasthan.