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Ghosal, Svarna Kumai Devi

(1857-1933). The daughter of Debendra Nath Tagore and sister of the celebrated Indian poet and dramatist Rabindranath Tagore. Ghosal joined the Theosophical Society (TS) on April 9, 1882. In 1883 she formed and became first Vice-President of the first Ladies TS in Bengal. She was a philanthropist, founding a widow’s home, giving training for zenana teachers. Ghosal was the first Indian woman to become an editor, founding the Bengali magazine Bhagarati. She was a prolific writer of novels, short stories and children’s books.

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