Swarnakumari Devi

- May 27, 2022


Swarnakumari Devi, the elder sister of Rabindranath Tagore, was born on 28 August, 1855. Primarily educated at home and then married to the well-educated Janakinath Ghoshal in 1868, she published her first novel eight years after her marriage. The novel, called Deep Nirban or the Snuffing out of Light, was a call to nationalism. She went on to author numerous plays, poems, novels, and essays, becoming the first female Bengali author to gain prominence. Simultaneously, she also worked towards women’s and child rights her entire life.

Illustration: Narendra Pardhi; Design: Mala Narwani

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