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|Born||8 February 1951 (age 65)
Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Occupation(s)||Poet, Essayist, Literary critic, Journalist, Satirist|
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'Ashok Chakradhar' is a renowned Hindi poet, writer and a media personality. He has been a professor and head of the department of Hindi at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University). After serving for 29 years, he took voluntary retirement to focus on working towards the propagation and development of the Hindi (Hindustani) language. In 2007 he became the Hindi coordinator at the Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) at the University of Delhi and in 2009 was appointed as the Vice Chairman of Hindi Academy, Government of Delhi and as the Vice Chairman of the Kendriya Hindi Shikshan Mandal, Ministry of HRD, Government of India. He is a celebrated poet, widely known for his unique style of poetry.
Early and personal life
Chakradhar was born in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, in India. His ancestors hailed from a village called Sunahara in Bulandshahar district in Uttar Pradesh. His father Radhey Shyam 'Pragalbh' was a well-known Hindi poet and his mother Kusum 'Pragalbh' is from Iglas, Uttar Pradesh, in India. Chakradhar was initially named Ashok Sharma. Since 1972, He is known as Ashok Chakradhar. Chakradhar's father died in 1999, and his father in law Kaka Hathrasi died in 1995 Chakradhar is an alumnus of SMJEC Inter College, Khurja, Bagla College, Hathras, and Kishori Raman College, Mathura. He later attended the Department of Hindi at the University of Delhi. He has a younger brother, Arvind Babbal who is Film Director in Teleserials.
Chakradhar is married to Dr. Bageshri. The couple have two children, their son Anurag Chakradhar lives in Australia and there as his daughter Sneha Chakradhar is an Bharatnatyam Dancer. He completed his MA, M Lit, Ph-D (Hindi) and received a post-doctoral fellowship from the University Grants Commission for research on ‘Navsaakshar Sahitya ke Aayam’.
He is a retired professor, Hindi Department at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi. He has been actively associated with radio and television and has scripted a number of dramas, satires and poems for children. He has appeared in some television soaps like "Chhoti Si Asha with Sandhya Mridul on Sony TV and has hosted the show Wah Wah!! for SAB TV. He has also acted in various television serials. He has performed in Hindi [Kavi Sammelan for several decades. He also writes Bal-Geet. He has represented all classes of society in his poetry.
For the past four decades Prof. Chakradhar has been working consistently for radio and television. He has written, directed and produced many television feature films, such as ‘Gulabri’, ‘Jeet Gee Chhanno’, ‘Master Deepchand, ‘Hai Musaddi’ and ‘Teen Nazaare’ (for DD), ‘Bitiya’ (for NFDC), documentary films like ‘Pangu Giri Langhe’, ‘Gora Hat Jaa’, ‘Vikaas kee Lakeerein’ and television serials such as ‘Bhor Tarang’, ‘Dhhai Aakhar’, ‘Bua Bhateejee’ and ‘Bol Basanto’.has collaborated with eminent artists in the fields of music and dance and penned lyrics for songs such as the Sadbhaavana Geet "Gunje Gagan Mein" composed by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and the Jhanda Geet "Saare vatan ka pyara", composed by Pt. Vinay Chandra Maudgalya. Chakradhar is considered to be a pioneer in popularising poetry on mainstream television. His poetry based shows like Kahakahe, Isaliye Baudam Ji, Newzee Countdown, Wah Wah, Parda Uthata Hai and Chale Aao Chakradhar Chaman Mein have received immense appreciation from their viewers. He has been appointed as the Chairman of the jury of ‘Jagran Film Festival, Sirifort 2011. Chakradhar is a nationally and internationally acclaimed writer, with numerous publications ranging from academic writing, fiction and poetry, literature for adult education to weekly newspaper columns. He has published over 20 books of poems, 5 books on literary criticism, 9 essay collections, 7 plays, 4 books for children, 17 in the field of adult education, 2 screenplays and 2 novels. He has translated 3 books and has been the editor of 5 magazines and journals. His books were published by publishers such as Macmillan, Penguin, Diamond, Vani, Radhakrishna, NBT, NCERT, Kitab Ghar, Campfire and Rajpal.
He has taken voluntary retirement from Jamia Milia Islamia in 2004.
Film script writing
He wrote story of Jamuna Kinare (1983), a Braj Bhasha language feature film which made by his father-in-law Kaka Hathrasi under the banner of "Kaka Hathrasi Films Production" and produced, directed and music composed by his brother-in-law Dr. Laxminarayan Garg
Films : Written and Directed (a)Telefilms 'Gulaabri', 'Jeet Gee Chhanno', 'Master Deepchand', 'Hai Musaddi', 'Jhoome Baalaa Jhoome Baalee', 'Teen Nazaare', ‘Bitiya’ (b)Teleserials 'Bhor Tarang', 'Dhhaaee Aakhar', 'Buaa Bhateejee', 'Bol Basanto' (c)Documentaries 'Pangu Giri Langhe', 'Goraa Hat Jaa', 'Saaksharataa Niketan', 'Vikaas Kee Lakeeren', 'Har Bachchaa Ho Kakshaa Paanch', ‘Us Or Hai Chhateraa’.
'Rang Jamaa Lo', 'Bitiyaa Kee Sisakee', 'Bandariyaa Chalee Sasuraal', ‘Jab Rahaa na koee Chaaraa’, ‘Jaane kyaa Tapake’.
'koel Kaa Sitaar', 'Snehaa Kaa Sapnaa', 'Heeron Kee Choree', 'Ek Bagiyaa Main'
Adult educational literature
'Naee Dagar', 'Apaahij Kaun', 'Hamane Muhim Chalaaee', 'Bhaee Bhaut Achchhe', 'Badal Jaayengee Rekhaa', 'Taaumra Kaa Aaraam', 'Gharhe Oopar Handiyaa' 'To Kyaa Hotaa Jee', 'Aise Hotee Hai Shaadee', 'Rotee Ye Dhartee Dekho', 'Kab Talak Sahtee Rahen', 'Apnaa Haq Apnee Zameen', 'Kahaanee Jo Aankhon Se Bahee', 'Aur Police Par Bhee', 'Mazdooree Kee Raah', 'Jugat Karo Jeene Kee', 'Aur Kitne Din', Novel Manautee
All India Radio Auditioned artist of AIR since 1967. Written and presented numerous programmes. Kavi-Sammelan Participating in Kavi-Sammelans since 1962 Film & Television
Films : Written and Directed (a)Telefilms 'Gulaabri', 'Jeet Gee Chhanno', 'Master Deepchand', 'Hai Musaddi', 'Jhoome Baalaa Jhoome Baalee', 'Teen Nazaare', ‘Bitiya’ (b)Teleserials 'Bhor Tarang', 'Dhhaaee Aakhar', 'Buaa Bhateejee', 'Bol Basanto' (c)Documentaries 'Pangu Giri Langhe', 'Goraa Hat Jaa', 'Saaksharataa Niketan', 'Vikaas Kee Lakeeren', 'Har Bachchaa Ho Kakshaa Paanch', ‘Us Or Hai Chhateraa’
Films : Written (a)Feature Films : 'Jamunaa Kinaare' (b)Television Prog. 'Naee Subah Kee Or, 'Rainbow Fantasy' (c)Musical Teleplays 'Rang Jama Lo', 'Garan Rangyo Gulal', 'Jyoti Parva', ‘Bandar kaa Gaunaa’ (d)Teleserials 'Vansh', 'Albela Surmela', 'Kahkahe', 'Parda Uthata Hai', 'Phuljhari Express', 'Poll Top Ten', 'Newzee Count Down', 'Isliye Baudam jee', ‘Chunaav-Chaaleesaa’, ‘Wah Wah’, ‘Chale Aao Chakradhar Chaman Mein’ (e)Documentaries 'Bahu Bhi Beti Hoti Hai', 'Jangal Ki Lay Taal','Saariyon Mein Lipti Sadiyan', 'Sath Sath Chalen', 'Ye Hai Chara', 'Gramoday', 'Gyan Ka Ujala', 'Vatsi Naav', 'Ghengha Pandurna', 'Adramondi Tapoo', 'Chhota Nagpur', 'Jal Aur Thal', 'Lokotsav', 'Nagar Vikas', 'Kriti Mein Chamatkriti'.
Print Media Articles, Book reviews, Poems, Dramas, Monthly/weekly columns
Dinmaan, Dharmayug, Uttaraardh, Kyon, Or, Kathaa, Pahal, Saptaahik Hindustan, Nandan, Paraag, Kadambini, Cricket Today, Grih-Laxmi, Jansatta, Aaspaas, Ajkal, Ravivaar, Vidarbh Chandika, Aaj Kaa Anand, Panchajanya, Lok-Lahar, Nyaay-Chakra, Drishti, Bhaskar, Nav Bharat, Navbharat Times, Rajasthan Patrika, Jagran, Amar Ujala, Naya Khoon, Lokmat, Gagananchal, Rashtriya Sahara, Dainik Bhaskar, Sahara Samaya, Dainik Jagran, Prabhat Khabar, Grihlaxmi, Meri Dilli, Nai Dunia, Jhunajhunaa, Hindi Times, Vishva, Khanan Bharti, Vaataayan, Aha Zindagi, Outlook (Hindi), India Today (Hindi), Pravasi Times, Pravasi Today, The Complete Vision, Tehlka, Samkaal, Lokayat etc.
Countries Visited for Academic, Cultural & Literary Purposes U.S.S.R, Mauritius, United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Oman, Israel, Philistine, U.A.E, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, The Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Japan, Pakistan, Bahrein and Spain etc.
- "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-26.