Noted feminist and Assam’s first woman doctoral graduate in English Aparna Dutta Mahanta dies at 75
January 28, 2022
Dibrugarh (Assam), Jan 27 (PTI) Noted feminist and Assam’s first woman doctoral graduate in English literature, Aparna Dutta Mahanta, has died at a state-run hospital here, doctors said on Thursday. She was 75, and is survived by her husband, noted scientist Dr Paramananda Mahanta, a son and a daughter. Mahanta did her masters in English Literature from Gauhati University as well as the University of Leeds under a British Council scholarship programme. She spent her professional life as a professor in the English Department of Dibrugarh University and was the founding director of the Women’s Study Centre in the varsity. Mahanta was one of the pioneers of modern feminist movement in Assam. She had authored many books and started Assamese magazine ‘Aideur Jonaki Baat’ on women’s issues.
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