|Born||7 July 1934|
Chakia, Benares State, British India
|Died||19 March 2018 (aged 83)|
New Delhi, India
Kedarnath Singh (7 July 1934 – 19 March 2018) was an Indian poet who wrote in Hindi. He was 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).
He was born on 7 July 1934 in village Chakia of Ballia district in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He completed his graduation from Udai 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. He lived in New Delhi. He died on 19 March 2018 in Delhi.
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. “He was a poet of both presence and absence, of love and loss, of anxieties and questions...," said culture critic and poet Ashok Vajpayee.(5)
- 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
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- "नहीं रहे ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार से सम्मानित मशहूर कवि केदारनाथ सिंह, साहित्य जगत में शोक की लहर". NDTVIndia. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
- "Kedarnath Singh chosen for Jnanpith". The Hindu. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014.