Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi (1922-2011), A Harbinger of Modernity and Feminism in Manipur

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Journal Title: Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research & Review
Author(s): Rojibala Ningombam
Published On: 31/01/2022
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
First Page: 17
Last Page: 28
ISSN: 2582-8088
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Rojibala Ningombam, Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi (1922-2011), A Harbinger of Modernity and Feminism in Manipur, Volume 3 Issue 1, Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research & Review, 17-28, Published on 31/01/2022, Available at


Born a princess, Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi (1922-2011) is a distinguished literary figure of Manipur. She writes under the single name Binodini. Binodini does not identify herself as a feminist. However, this biography of Binodini represents her as a harbinger of modernity and feminism in Manipur. An observation of this kind calls for an engagement with her life and works. This essay examines Binodini’s life, her contribution to Manipuri art and literature and some of the notable characteristics of her writings. It highlights feminists insights of Binodini, the representation of women and their experiences, reflected in her works. It traces how Binodini became a writer. In the process, the essay offers a glimpse of the beginning of modernity in Manipuri art and culture.

Keywords: Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi (1922-2011), Women’s Education in Manipur, Literary and Cultural Development in Manipur, Significance of Binodini’s Writings

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