Mahasweta wants a tribal academy
The 80-year-old winner of the Jnanpith award wants to set up a Himalayan study centre.india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 19:04 IST
Noted Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi wants to set up a Himalayan study centre for tribal areas in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur valley.
"If I am able to procure land in Kinnaur on behalf of the Tribal Academy in Gujarat, we could open a branch somewhere in Kinnaur," said Mahasweta Devi, a trustee of the Vadodara based National Tribal Academy.
The renowned author had arrived here with other trustees of the academy for a meeting over the weekend when she suffered a heart attack.
The 80-year-old winner of the Jnanpith award and the Ramon Magsaysay award for literature said from her hospital bed late Sunday that the plan for a tribal centre in Kinnaur, 175 km from here, was mooted about four years ago.