Mahasweta Devi is one of the leading writers in Bangla today. Born into an illustrious family that has contributed greatly to Bangla literature and art, she was made to read all the classics as a child. And this laid the foundation for her writing. Her first novel, Jhansir Rani, was written in 1956. She received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979.
Mahasweta Devi now works with tribal communities and edits the journal, Bartika.