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So That We Don’t Forget Hindi Literature!

A list of 5 very popular Hindi writers/poets along with their works available online

We are majorly an English speaking community now! Not just we only prefer to read and write in English, the process of understanding English language more has somewhere reduced the affection towards our own national language “Hindi”. The biggest example stands that this post is boasting about Hindi language and yet written in English so that it reaches maximum ears and minds!

Hindi literature has been utterly rich and intense just like the language of its expression! The sad part is today with the invincible race of remaining updated with the new bestsellers, we have somehow let loose of the strong connect of this deep ocean of expressionism.

Therefore to get a glimpse of the amazing marvel on your computer screens, we are compiling a list of a few gems of the Hindi literature along with their works which are still available online!!

#1. Munshi Premchand

(July 31, 1880 – October 8, 1936) One of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent of the early twentieth century he was famous for his modern Hindustani literature.

Born Dhanpat Rai Srivastav, he wrote under the pen name “Premchand”, A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, he has been referred to as the “Upanyas Samrat” (“Emperor among Novelists”) by some Hindi writers. His works include more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.

Works available online-

Premchand’s novels as Free PDFs

Premchand’s complete work in Gadya Kosh

 

#2. Shivani


(1923– 2003) was one of the popular Hindi magazine story writers of the 20th century and a pioneer in writing Indian women based fiction. She was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Hindi literature in 1982. Almost all of her works are in print today and widely available across India.

She garnered a massive following in the pre-television 60s and 70s, as her literary works were serialised in Hindi magazines like Dharmayug and Saptahik Hindustan, and in TV serials n films.

Upon her death in 2003, Government of India described her contributions to Hindi literature as, “…in the death of Shivani the Hindi literature world has lost a popular and eminent novelist and the void is difficult to fill”

Works available online-

Lal Haveli, a story by Shivani

Piti Hui Got, a story by Shivani

 

#3. Amrita Pritam

(31 August 1919 – 31 October 2005) born as Amrita Kaur was a Punjabi writer and poet, considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language. With a career spanning over six decades, she produced over 100 books, of poetry, fiction, biographies, essays, a Punjabi folk songs and an autobiography.

Awards- Sahitya Akademi Award for her poem, Sunehe (Messages); Bhartiya Jnanpith, for Kagaz Te Canvas (The Paper and the Canvas); Padma Shri in 1969; Padma Vibhushan in 2004, and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship given to the “immortals of literature” for lifetime achievement.

Translated works available online-

The Cellar

Sahiban in exile

Wild flower

 

#4. Dr. Dharamvir Bharati

(25 December 1926 – 4 September 1997) was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the Chief-Editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine Dharmayug from 1960 till his death in 1997.

Bharati was awarded the Padma Shree for literature in 1972 by the Government of India. Bharati’s Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda is considered a unique experiment in story-telling and was made into a National Film Award- winning movie by the same name in 1992 by Shyam Benegal. Andha Yug, a play set in the time immediately after the Mahabharata war, is another classic that is enacted very often in public by various drama groups.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Playwriting (Hindi) in 1988, given by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

Works available online-

Dharamvir Bharati’s Poetry

 

#5. Mahadevi Varma

An outstanding Hindi poet, she was a freedom fighter, woman’s activist and educationist from India. She is widely regarded as the modern Meera. She was a major poet of the Chhayavaad generation, a period of romanticism in Modern Hindi poetry ranging from 1914-1938. With passage of time, her limited but outstanding prose has been recognized as unique in Hindi Literature.

She was awarded India’s highest literary award, for lifetime achievement, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, followed by the Jnanpith Award in 1982.She was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 1988.

Works available online-

Poetry

Mahadevi’s Poems

Hope this post aroused your Hindi taste buds and made you wonder how amazing this world of literature was!

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