Denapaona (Bengali: দেনাপাওনা; English: "The Matrimonial Deal" or "Debit and Credit") is a Bengali short story written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1891.[1][2][3] It is a heart-rending story of Nirupama.[3][4] The central theme of the story is dowry.[3][4]


Nirupama was a beautiful and matured daughter of Ramshundar Mitra. She was married to the son of Raybahadur. She was being tortured in the house of in-laws because her father could not meet the proposed dowry. Ramshunder sold his house for that but she forbade her father to give the dowry. Due to the tormenting life, She was extremely negligent about her own health and at last she died.[3][5]


  1. ^ Chakrabarti, Santosh (2004). Studies in Tagore: Critical Essays. Atlantic. pp. 92–93. ISBN 9788126903405.
  2. ^ Lal, Malashri (2015). "Introduction". In Lal, Malashri (ed.). Tagore and the Feminine: A Journey in Translations. SAGE. ISBN 9789351504825.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum". Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  4. ^ a b Retrieved 2020-05-07. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Dena Paona (The Dowry Death)". Retrieved 2020-05-07.