Kolkata, November 7: Padma Shri awardee and renowned Indian poet Nabaneeta Dev Sen died on Thursday after prolonged battle with cancer. The 81-year-old breathed her last at her Kolkata-based residence, reports said. She is survived by husband and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, and two daughters. Jai Shri Ram Chanting Row: Dilip Ghosh Questions Amartya Sen's Knowledge of Bengali and Indian Culture.
Family sources, while speaking to reporters, said Sen passed away at 7:35 am. She was battling cancer for the past few months, which had severely dilapidated her condition. The funeral ceremony, followed by the cremation, will be held tomorrow.
On her demise, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed sorrow. She described her death as a major setback for the literary society. The Trinamool Congress leader also extended condolences with the bereaved kin.
"Saddened at the passing away of noted litterateur and academic Nabaneeta Dev Sen. A recipient of several awards, her absence will be felt by her myriad students and well-wishers. My condolences to her family and admirers," Banerjee said.
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Saddened at the passing away of noted litterateur and academic Nabaneeta Dev Sen. A recipient of several awards, her absence will be felt by her myriad students and well-wishers. My condolences to her family and admirers.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 7, 2019
Sen, apart from being a renowned poet, is also an award-winning novelist and short-story writer. For her works, she won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1999, followed by a Padma Shri in 2000. Her husband, Amartya Sen, had won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 1998. The couple got married back in 1959 and recently completed 60 years of their marriage.