Nilima Ibrahim

Nilima Ibrahim

Nilima Ibrahim (Bengali: নীলিমা ইব্রাহীম) (1921–2002) was an Indian, East Pakistani, and later Bangladeshi educationist, littérateur and social worker. She is well known for her outstanding scholarship on Bangla literature but even more so for her depiction of raped and tortured women in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War in her book Ami Virangona Bolchhi (I, the heroine, speaks).[1]

Contents

Biography

Early life

She was born on 11 January 1921 in Bagerhat subdivision, Khulna to zamindar Prafulla Roychowdhury and Kusumkumari Devi.[2]

Education

She passed her school leaving examination and entrance level examinations from the Khulna Coronation Girl's School (1937) and from the Victoria Institution (1939) in Calcutta.[1] Later she earned bachelors' degrees in arts and teaching from the Scottish Church College, which was followed by an MA in Bengali literature from the University of Calcutta in 1943.[1] She would also earn a doctorate in Bengali from the University of Dhaka in 1959.[2][1]

Career

She was a career academic. She taught in respectively the Khulna Coronation Girl's School, Loreto House, the Victoria Institution, and finally at the University of Dhaka, where she was appointed as a lecturer in 1956, and as a professor of Bengali in 1972.[2]

She also served as the chairperson of the Bangla Academy, and as the Vice Chairperson of the World Women's Federation's South Asian Zone.[2][1]

Works

Non-fiction

  • Sharat-Pratibha (The Creative Faculty of Sharatchanda), 1960,
  • Banglar Kavi Madhusudan (Madhushudan, the Poet of Bengal), 1961,
  • Unabingsha Shatabdir Bangali Samaj o Bangla Natak (Bengali Society and Bangla Drama in the Nineteenth Century), 1964,
  • Bangla Natak: Utsa o Dhara (Bangla Drama: Origin and Development), 1972,
  • Begum Rokeya, 1974,
  • Bangalimanas o Bangla Sahitya (Bengali Mentality and Bangla Literature), 1987,
  • Sahitya-Sangskrtir Nana Prasanga (Various Aspects of Literature and Culture), 1991

Fiction

  • Bish Shataker Meye (Girl of the Twentieth Century), 1958,
  • Ek Path Dui Bank (The Forked Road), 1958,
  • Keyabana Sancharini (Traveller of Keya Forest), 1958,
  • Bahni Balya (The Bangle of Fire), 1985

Plays

  • Due Due Char (Two and Two Make Four), 1964,
  • Je Aranye Alo Nei (The Dark Forest), 1974,
  • Rodjwala Bikel (The Sunburnt Afternoon), 1974,
  • Suryaster Par (After Sunset), 1974

Short stories

  • Ramna Parke (At Ramna Park), 1964

Translations

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, 1955,
  • Kathashilpi James Fenimor Cooper (Storyteller James Fenimore Cooper), 1968,
  • Bostoner Pathe Pathe (On the Streets of Boston), 1969

Travelogue

  • Shahi Elakar Pathe Pathe (Along the Royal Streets), 1963

Autobiography

  • Bindu-Visarga (Dot and Ghost), 1991

Narratives/Ethnography (of women raped in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war)

  • Ami Virangana Bolchhi (I, the Heroine, Speaks), 1996

Selected awards

  • Bangla Academy Award (1969)
  • Michael Madhusudan Award (1987)
  • Lekhika Sangha Award (1989)
  • Ananya Literary Award (1996)
  • Begum Rokeya Medal (1996)
  • Bangabandhu Award (1997)
  • Ekushey Padak (2000)

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nilima — may refer to: Nilima Ibrahim ,Bangladeshi educationist, littérateur and social worker. Nilima Jogalekar ,Indian Women Cricketer. Nilima Sen ,Rabindrasangeet singer. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • Bengali novels — occupy a major part of Bengali literature. Though the first Bengali novel was Alaler Ghorer Dulal , the Bengali novel actually started its journey with Durgeshnondini written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1865. According to Ananda Sanker and …   Wikipedia

  • 1971 Bangladesh atrocities — Beginning with the start of Operation Searchlight on 25 March 1971 and continuing throughout the Bangladesh War of Independence, there were widespread violations of human rights in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) perpetrated by the Pakistan Army… …   Wikipedia

  • Bangla Academy Award — is a literary award given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution in the field of Bangla language and literature. It was introduced in 1960 and recognized six categories:… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Muslim writers and poets — This is an incomplete list of notable Muslims in literature. Writers and poets Aamer Hussein Abbas el Akkad Abdul Rahman Munif Abdulah Sidran Abul Ala Maududi (Maulana Maududi) Abu l Hasan Mihyar al Daylami Abul Kalam Azad Abu Nuwas Abu Tammam… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Bengali language authors (alphabetical) — This article provides an alphabetical list of Bengali language authors. For a chronological list, see List of Bengali language authors.( Awards Prizes : N= Nobel, J= Jnanpith, S= Sahitya Akademi, R= Rabindra, B=Bankim, A= Ananda, BS=Bibhuti… …   Wikipedia

  • Dolly Anwar — A black and white photograph of the actress Dolly Anwar (born as Dolly Ibrahim) was a famous actress of Bengali film. She was born to Nilima Ibrahim, a brave freedom fighter of the liberation war of Bangladesh of 1971. Works She is famous for… …   Wikipedia

  • List of women writers — compactTOC NOTOC A* Eleanor Hallowell Abbott * Louise Abeita * Abiola Abrams * Kathy Acker * Juliette Adam * Abigail Adams * Stephanie Adams (born 1970), American author. * Fleur Adcock (born 1935) * Yda Addis * Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Renata… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Bangladesh-related topics — This page lists articles on Wikipedia that are related to Bangladesh, Bengal and Bangladesh/Bengali culture. This is so that those interested in the subject can monitor changes to the pages by clicking on Related changes in the… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Bengali language authors (chronological) — This is a Chronological list of Bengali language authors (regardless of nationality or religion), by date of birth. Alphabetical order is used only when chronological order cannot be ascertained.The list also marks the winners of major… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”