Devaki Nandan Khatri

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Devaki Nandan Khatri
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Notable work

Devaki Nandan Khatri (18 June 1861 – 1931) was an Indian writer, who belonged to the first generation of popular novelists in the modern Hindi language.[1] He was also the first author of mystery novels in Hindi.[citation needed]


Devaki Nandan Khatri was born at Malinager Village Samastipur, Bihar.[citation needed] After his earlier education he moved to Tekari Estate in Gaya. He became an employee of the Raja of Benares. He started a printing press called "Lahari" and started a Hindi monthly, "Sudarshan", in 1898.[citation needed] The various works of Khatri and his son Durga Prasad were republished by Lahari Press in the early 21st century. Lahari Press is still in existence in Ramkatora (Pisnahariya Kuwan) very close to area called Lahurabeer in Varanasi.[citation needed]

Khatri had a home called Khatri Haveli in Ramapura, Varanasi. He was living in Musakhand area when he was writing Chandrakanta.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Meenakshipublisher = Oxford University Press (1985). Realism and reality: the novel and society in India. p. 60.

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