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Leela Majumder dead

Staff Reporter

Kolkata: Leela Majumder, Bengali litterateur and widely read children's author, passed away here on Thursday following a brief illness.

Ms. Majumder, 100, is survived by a son and a daughter.

Her first story was published in 1922 in Sandesh, Bengali children's magazine started in 1913 by Upendrakishore Roychoudhury. In 1963, she became an honorary joint editor of the magazine after it was revived by her nephew and Roychoudhury's grandson Satyajit Ray in 1961.

She won several literary awards including Ananda Puraskar and Shishu Sahitya Puraskar. Her important works include `Holde Pakhir Palok', `Podi Pishir Bormi-baksho', `Kheror Khata' and autobiography `Pakdondi'.