Banu Mushtaq

Syeda Khushtara Banu, more popularly known as Banu Mushtaq, is a well-known Kannada writer and a leading social activist from Karnakata.

She has won numerous awards for her literary works and social activism, including the International Women's Award for Radio and Television (1999), the Karnataka Women Writers Association's Gudibandde Poornima Best Poetess Award (1999), the Karnataka Government's Rajyotsava award for literature (2002), the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award (2004), and the Akhil Bharatiya Jain Women's Mahastambhshekha Award (2004).

The Kannada film Haseena based on a story of a Muslim woman written by her and directed by the well-known Girish Kasaravalli, won numerous national awards and was screened in several international film festivals. Banu Mushtaq lives in Hassan, Karnataka, where she works as an advocate and still remains involved in various social movements.