Kaka Hathrasi

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Kaka Hathrasi
Prabhu Lal Garg[1]

(1906-09-18)18 September 1906
Hathras, U.P., India
Died18 September 1995(1995-09-18) (aged 89)
Occupationsatirist, humorist poet-writer

Kaka Hathrasi (18 September 1906 – 18 September 1995) was a Hindi satirist and humorist poet of India.

Life and career[edit]

Hathrasi was born as Prabhu Lal Garg. He wrote under the pen name Kaka Hathrasi. He chose "Kaka", as he played the character in a play which made him popular, and "Hathrasi" after the name of his hometown Hathras. He has 42 works to his credit, comprising a collection of humorous and satirical poems, prose and plays published by various publishers.[1][2] He also wrote three books on Indian classical music under the pen name "Vasant". In 1932, he established Sangeet Karyalaya (initially Garg and Co.), a publishing house for the books on Indian classical music and dance and started publishing a monthly magazine Sangeet in 1935. Sangeet is the only periodical on Indian classical music and dance that has been continuously published for over 78 years.[3][4]

Banke Bhawan Residence of Kaka Hathrasi at Hathras

He was awarded Padma Shri by the government of India in 1985.[1] Today, each year, the Delhi-based "Hindi Academy" awards the annual Kaka Hathrasi Award for outstanding contribution in the literary field.[5][6]


Humorous poetry[edit]

  • Kaka Tarang. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd., 2005. ISBN 81-7182-513-3.
  • Kaka Ki Chaupal. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd., 2006, ISBN 81-7182-754-3.
  • Jai Bolo Baiman Ki, Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd., 2006. ISBN 81-288-0693-9.
  • Mera Jeevan : A-One (Autobiography), Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd., 1993. ISBN 81-288-1015-4.

Film production[edit]

Kaka Hathrasi [7] and his son Laxminarayan Garg made a Brij Bhasha-language feature film "Jamuna Kinare" (1983) which based on Braj culture. The film is made under the banner of "Kaka Hathrasi Films Production", produced, directed and music composed by Laxminarayan Garg [8][9] and story was written by Ashok Chakradhar (Kaka Hathrasi 's son-in-law,husband of Kaka's niece, Ms Bageshri)[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. 1985: 35: Shri Prabhulal Garg, alias Kaka Hathrasi
  2. ^ Hindustan year-book and who's who, Volume 53. M. C. Sarkar. 1985. p. 276.
  3. ^ About us Sangeet Karyalaya website.
  4. ^ Peter Lamarche Manuel (1993). Cassette culture: popular music and technology in north India. University of Chicago Press. p. 278. ISBN 0-226-50401-8.
  5. ^ "Hindi Academy awards presented". The Hindu. 29 December 2002. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Surendra Dubey gets 'Kaka Hathrasi' award". DNA. 16 November 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/hathras-11628748.html
  8. ^ sangeetkaryalaya.in/home/history
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://www.pravasiduniya.com/dr-ashok-chakradhar-birthday

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