Chitra Mudgal

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Chitra Mudgal
Chitra Mudgal
Chitra Mudgal
Born (1943-12-10) 10 December 1943 (age 76)
Madras, Madras Presidency, British India
OccupationNovelist, writer
EducationMA in Hindi Literature
Alma materSNDT Women's University
Notable worksPost Box No. 203 – Nala Sopara, Aavaan
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award

Chitra Mudgal (born 10 December 1943) is an Indian Writer and one of the leading literary figures of modern Hindi literature.

She is the first Indian woman to receive the coveted Vyas Samman for her novel Avaan.

In 2019 she was awarded India's highest literary award, the Sahitya Akademi, for her novel Post Box No. 203, Naalasopara.

Personal life[edit]

Chitra Mudgal was born in Chennai on 10 December 1943.[1] She received her M.A. in Hindi Literature from the SNDT Women's University. She married Awadh Narain Mudgal, former Editor of "Sarika", against her father's wish.[2] She was born in a rich house and had many restrictions throughout her childhood.

Literary work[edit]

Her novel 'Aavaan', portrayed the lives and times of the trade union movement when nearly 300,000 workers spearheaded by Datta Samant went on a year long strike of the Mumbai textile mills, which finally saw the collapse of the city's trademark industry. This work has been unanimously acknowledged by the critics as a masterpiece of literary work and stands as a classic novel in Hindi Literature.[3]

The plot of her novel Aavaan was conceived following the murder of a committed trade union leader, Shankar Guha Niyogi.[2] His murder was in fact followed by the murder of another popular unionist of Bombay, Dr. Datta Samant. Subsequently, another labour leader of Madhya Pradesh, from Maihar, was killed.

The murder of Dr. Datta Samant who was her guide and philosopher "shattered her" and became the bases of her novel Aavaan.[2]



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  2. ^ a b c Swarup, Harihar (5 December 2004). "Chitra Mudgal: A rare writer in Hindi". The Tribune. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ Admin. "Download CV". Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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