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Nabaneeta Dev Sen Biography, Age, Death, Ex-husband, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 8, 2019

Short Biography

Nabaneeta Dev Sen was born on 13-01-1938 in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal, India. She was an Indian Poet, Academician, Novelist, Writer & Author.

Nabaneeta Dev Sen Complete Bio & Career

Nabaneeta Dev Sen was born and raised in Kolkata. She was born to poets and hence writing skills were automatically there in her DNA. She joined Presidency College in Kolkata and obtained her graduate degree from there. She obtained her MA in Comparative Literature from Jadhavpur University. She then went to the US and obtained in MA with distinction from Harvard University. She then joined Indiana University and obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature from there.  Post her marriage with Amartya Sen, she relocated to the UK and completed her post-doctoral research from the Cambridge University.
While she was in the US, she served as a visiting professor at various Universities in the US such as Columbia, Chicago, Harvard, and Cornell among others. She also visited various Canadian Universities such as British Columbia, and Toronto among others. She also participated as professor in some Universities in England, Mexico, Japan, France, and Germany. She was highly regarded for delivering the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lecture series at the prestigious Oxford University on epic poetry. After her marriage, she returned back to India and served as a professor at the Jadhavpur University. She finally retired from the Jadhavpur University in the year 2002. 
Over the years, she has published over 80 books in Bengali including essays, novels, short stories, and plays among others. She published her her maiden collection of poem titled Pratham Pratyay in the year 1959.  She was a well-known children author in Bengali for her adventure stories and fairy tales. Girls used to be the protagonist in her plays. She also represented India at various international conferences, both literary and academic. She also had the privilege of holding executive positions in International academic bodies such as the The International Association of Semiotic and Structural Studies and the International Comparative Literature Association among others. For her contribution to literature, she was felicitated with the Padma Shri award by the government of India in the year 2000.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 2000 Literature and Education

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

She died on 07-11-2019 at the age of 81 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She was suffering from cancer.

DEATHDAY 7 November,2019 (Tuesday)
DEATH PLACE Kolkata, West Bengal

Nabaneeta Dev Sen Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born to Narendra Dev and Radharani Devi. She was marrid to economist and academician Amartya Sen in the year 1958. The couple however divorced in 1976. The couple together had 2 daughters named Antara Dev Sen and Nandana Sen.

Life's Important Dates Of Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Kolkata
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Kolkata, Bengal, India
School N/A
College Presidency College, Kolkata
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Indiana University, Indianapolis
Qualification PhD
Hobbies Reading and Writing Books
Marital Status Divorced
Debut First Published Poems - Pratham Pratyay (1959)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Place Chicago
Favorite Food Macher Jhol

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Nabaneeta Dev Sen

  • She was named by Rabindra Nath Tagore.
  • She served as the Vice President of Indian National Comparative Literature Association.
  • She worked with the treatment of women in world epics and the treatment of epic poetry by rural women in India.
  • Dev Sen's short stories and travelogues are a rare combination of fine humour, deep human concern, and high intellect, which has made her a unique figure in the Bangla literary scene.

Nabaneeta Dev Sen Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Nabaneeta Dev Sen was 81 years 9 months & 25 days old age.