Mandakranta Sen is a prominent voice in contemporary Bengali poetry. Her literary engagement spans various genres: she has authored 19 collections of poems, eight novels, two volumes of short fiction and a book of essays. She originally studied medicine but decided to switch tracks in the middle of her final examination and commit herself to a life in literature. Today she works, as she puts it, as a "translator, playwright, lyricist, composer, cover designer and editor of a little magazine," and her own work has been widely translated. Arunava Sinha an award-winning translator of classic, modern and contemporary Bengali writing, including Sen's poetry writes: "The youngest winner of the 'Ananda Purashkar', the definitive award in Bengali arts and letters for the year's top literary achievement, at just 27, Mandakranta Sen broke new ground in poetry with her very first volume of poetry, Hriday Abadhyo Meye The Heart's a Disobedient Girl.
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KOLKATA -- A case was registered on Wednesday against unknown persons for threatening eminent Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen with gangrape for expressing solidarity with fellow poet Srijato who recently was embroiled in a controversy after writing a poem allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.
Soon after Sen uploaded the message on her Facebook wall, there was a huge protest by intellectuals and her fans. The only way to fight fundamentalism is to go on writing more and hold more rallies," the poet told reporters. Sen not only stood by Srijato after a controversy broke out over the latter's poem on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, she also participated in a rally to protest againt the attack on him.
Srijato had posted a line poem on his Facebook page on March 19, the day Adityanath was sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
A senior officer of Kolkata Police said they were checking the authenticity of the profile from which the threat was made to Sen. Then we will proceed with the requisite investigation to spot him," the officer said. Incidentally, Sen in had returned her Sahitya Akademi Young Writers Special Award to protest against communal attacks in the country.
The BJP today presented a divided house on the rape threat. Even if she professes an ideology which is opposite to ours. We are against such threats to a woman.
Bengali Poet Mandakranta Sen Threatened With Gangrape For Standing By Fellow Poet Srijato
Books by Mandakranta Sen