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Indian literature is one of the oldest in the world India has twenty two recognized languages and is rich in arts and literature because of the many cultural influences through out its history Today some of Indias most influential authors are Asapurna Devi and Rabindranath Tagore Both of these authors have won prestigious awards for their famous works and are adding to the literature that tells of life in present day India Ashapurna Devi was born on 8 February 1909 Ashapurna grew up in Calcutta where her father was an artist She wrote her first stories during 1930s for adolescents Her first adult story was in 1937 The Husbands Lover in which she touched the changing and contradictory expectations of men from women - as traditional obedient wives and at the same time as stimulating glamorous lovers to show-off to others At the same time she explores the inner desires and aspirations of her women characters Ashapurna Devi was a prolific writer and has to her credits 175 novels 30 short stories and 47 childrens books Some of her well known works consist of Pratham Pratishruti Subarnata and Ashapurna Devi was known for her strong female characters covering the changing roles of women in India One of her most loved books Swarnlata tells of a women who dreams of education for herself and her daughters In Swarnlata the protagonist fought her entire life with her family who couldnt see her desire to fight against the British for Indias independence and womens rights On this poster There is a picture of how women were to greet men in Indian society Devi strongly disagreed with this and wrote against it Ashapurna Devi won several awards including the national Jnanapeeth award the highest honor in Indian literature A poet a scholar a philosopher and a Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is perhaps the most famous Indian poet and playwright to
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