Nandana Dev Sen
Nandana Dev Sen
Children's Book Author
 
 

Nandana Dev Sen is an award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist. After studying English Literature at Harvard and filmmaking at USC, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a script doctor, a poetry translator, a short film maker, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. 

Nandana grew up in India, England, and America, and has acted in over 20 feature films from all three continents (and in multiple languages). As an ambassador and advocate, Nandana works closely with children (and grown-ups) at Operation Smile, RAHI (India's first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse), and UNICEF, to promote child protection and to fight against child abuse.

Nandana is the author of three children's books, Kangaroo Kisses (Otter-Barry Books, 2016), Mambi and the Forest Fire (Puffin, 2016), and Not Yet! (Tulika Books, 2017) as well as Youthquake, a monthly fiction series for young adults (published in The Wire, The Telegraph, and Youth Ki Awaaz). She frequently writes for newspapers and journals, and has edited and co-authored a bilingual a book of her translations of her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen's Bengali poetry, Make Up Your  Mind. Nandana lives in New York, London, and Kolkata, and has been quoted to say that she loves to "eat, bike, rhyme, dance, and argue."


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