Kedarnath Singh

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Kedar Nath Singh
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Kedarnath Singh
Born (1934-07-07) July 7, 1934 (age 83)
Chakia, Ballia district, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Occupation Poet

Kedarnath Singh (born July 7, 1934) is one of the most prominent modern poets writing in Hindi.[1] He is also an eminent critic and essayist. He was awarded the Jnanpith Award (2013), Sahitya Akademi Award (1989) in Hindi for his poetry collection, Akaal Mein Saras (Cranes in Drought).

Early life[edit]

He was born on 7 July 1934 in village Chakia of Ballia district in eastern Uttar Pradesh.[2] He completed his graduation from uday pratap college varanasi. He passed M.A from Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya and did his Ph.D from the same University. In Gorakhpur, he spent some time as a Hindi Teacher and went to Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he served as a professor and the head of department of Hindi Language in Indian Languages Center and retired as a professor from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.Today, he lives in saket New Delhi.

Poetic Style[edit]

Kedar Nath Singh's poetry is characterized by simple, everyday language and images that string together to convey complex themes. One of his major poems is Bagh, a long poem with the tiger as its central character. Published in the mid 1980s, the poem remains one of the most widely read long poems in Hindi literature and is included in many university curricula. At some level, Bagh bears a striking resemblance to Ted Hughes' Crow, but the two remain independent in their treatment and scope.

Major works[edit]

  • Poem Collection : Abhi Bilkul Abhi, Zameen pak Rahi Hai, Yahan se Dekho, Akaal mein Saaras, Baagh,Tolstoy aur cycle
  • Essay and Stories : Mere Samay ke Shabd,Kalpana aur chhayavad, Hindi kavita mein bimb vidhan, Kabristan mein Panchayat
  • Others :Taana Baana

Awards and honours[edit]

He received the Jnanpith award in 2013.[3] He also received Sahitya Akademi award, the Kumaran Aashan, and the Vyas Award.[citation needed]


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