Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Bengali Poet, Dies At 81

Daughter of poets Narendra Dev and Radharani Devi, Nabaneeta Dev Sen was Born January 13, 1938.


Prominent Bengali author, poet, academic Nabaneeta Dev Sen died at her Kolkata home Thursday evening. She was 81 and is survived by two daughters. She had been unwell for some time before her death. Nabaneeta Dev Sen was the former wife of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen who has expressed deep shock at her passing.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed her condolences.

Prominent personalities in Kolkata and beyond have lamented her demise. One of her last visitors in October was Nobel-winning economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee. They were family friends.

The family of the author has requested privacy tonight.

Daughter of poets Narendra Dev and Radharani Devi, Nabaneeta Dev Sen was Born January 13, 1938. She studied at Presidency College, Jadavpur University, Harvard and then Berkley. She returned to teach comparative literature at Jadavpur University. She had 80 published books including novels, poetry, essays, travelogues and stories for children. She got the Padma Shri in year 2000, a year after receiving the Sahitya Akademi Award.

The author was a prominent commentator on the political and social situation in the country, certainly in Bengal. Alongside political commentary she wrote the most wondrous fairy tales for children. Some of her best known books included a series called Balobashar Baranda or Beloved Balcony. Her home where her celebrated parents once lived and is now a heritage property is called Bhalo Basha or Love.

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