"Time has not the power to extinguish me,
Don't think for a moment that I wait upon Time."
- Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Nabaneeta Dev Sen (January 13 1938 - November 7, 2019) was one of the most beloved, versatile and prolific writers in Bengali literature. Equally expressive in poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, Nabaneeta still has over 100 books in print across the world (including translations), in a canon spanning more than 60 years. In this special memorial tribute, her daughter Nandana Sen will read from her translations of her mother's poetry, as well as some of Nabaneeta's original prose in English. Nandana will share her own memories, as a daughter and a collaborator, in this intimate as well as interactive celebration of Nabaneeta Dev Sen's achievements and influence.
Nabaneeta Dev Sen will remain one of the best-loved Bengali writers of all time. She published her first (and very successful) book of poems at the age of 18, and grew to be immensely popular in every genre, including novels, short stories, literary criticism, travelogues, plays, humor, narrative non-fiction, political columns, and children's literature. Educated in Presidency College and Jadavpur University in Kolkata, and then at Harvard, Berkeley and Indiana universities, Dr. Dev Sen lived a parallel life as an equally acclaimed international scholar and feminist, and a Professor of Comparative Literature. Her many literary honors include the Padmashri, Sahitya Akademi Award, Bangla Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Publishers' and Booksellers' Guild. Dr. Dev Sen was a tireless mentor to innumerable students and young writers, and was the Founder and President of the Women Writers' Association, Soi.
Nandana Dev Sen is a writer, actor and child-rights activist. She has authored six children’s books (translated into 15 languages globally), and starred in 20 feature films from four continents. Nandana’s interactive storytellings have been boisterously loved by over 30,000 kids across the world. As an ambassador, Nandana has worked with RAHI, Operation Smile, UNICEF and Apne Aap International, to fight against child abuse. The winner of several Best Actress awards as well as the Last Girl Champion Award for her advocacy, Nandana has served on the jury of numerous child-protection committees, international film festivals, and literary awards, including the DSC Prize for Literature, 2019. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at U.S.C., Nandana worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, a script-doctor, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland.