Amrit Rai

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Amrit Rai (c. 1921 – September 1996) was a writer, poet and biographer in Hindi and Urdu. He was the son of Munshi Premchand, a pioneer of modern Urdu literature and of Hindi literature. A prolific writer, Rai made his literary debut with novel Beej in 1952 and went on to write an acclaimed biography of his father, Premchand, Kalam ka Sipahi (1970), which later won him the Sahitya Akademi award for 1963.[1]he also write somany novels across 50

He also co-edited Chitthi Patri (1962), a two-volume book on the letters of Premchand along with his biographer, Madan Gopal. In 1982, he donated a collection of his father's 236 letters to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) at Teen Murti House, Delhi.[2] His A House Divided is an influential account of how the shared Hindi/Hindavī linguistic tradition became differentiated into Modern Standard Hindi and Urdu.[citation needed]

Rai died in Allahabad, in September 1996 at the age of 75.[1]


  • Rai, Amrit. Premchand: A Life. Harish Trivedi, translator. New Delhi: People's Publishing House, 1982.
  • Rai, Amrit. A House Divided: The Origin and Development of Hindi/Hindavi. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1984.


  1. ^ a b "Amrit Rai, prolific Hindi writer & son of Munshi Premchand, passes away in Allahabad". India Today. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ "New light on Premchand". The Hindu. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2013.