Kolkata: Sahitya Akademi awardee writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen died at her south Kolkata residence on Thursday at the age of 81, said family sources. She is survived by her two daughters.
Nabaneeta was battling cancer for a while and died at her house yesterday evening at around 7:35 pm due to multiple organ failure. A poet, novelist and short-story writer, Dev Sen won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1999 for her book ‘Naba-Nita’. She was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2000.
Daughter of poet couple Narendra Dev and Radharani Devi, Nabaneeta was the former wife of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Nabaneeta’s academic par-excellence started after her graduation from Presidency College where she also received her master’s degree from Jadavpur University. She then took a Masters with distinction from Harvard University following which she went onto complete her PhD and post-doctoral research at Indian University, University of California at Berkley and Cambridge University.
She was also a University Grants Commission Senior Fellow at the University of Delhi. Sen retired in 2002 as the Professor of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University. In 1999, she was awarded the Sahitya AKademi Award and in 2000 she was given the Padma Shri Award.
Nabaneeta published more than 80 books in Bengali in her life time. Her first collection of poems ‘Pratham Pratyay’ was published in 1959.