Kedarnath Singh

(7 July 1934 / Chakia, Ballia, Uttar Pradesh / India)

Biography of Kedarnath Singh

Kedarnath Singh poet

Kedar Nath Singh is one of the most prominent modern poets writing Hindi. He is also an eminent critic and essayist. He was awarded the 1989 Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his poetry collection, Akaal Mein Saras (loose translation into English: Cranes in Drought).

Early life

He was born on 7th July 1934 in village Chakia of district Ballia in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He passed M.A from Kashi Hindu Vidyalaya and did his Ph.D from the same University. In Gorakhpur, he spent sometimes as a Hindi Teacher and went to Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he served as a professor of Hindi Language in Indian Languages Center and retired as a professor from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.Today, he lives in New Delhi.

Poetic Style

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.

Awards and honours

He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award, the Kumaran Aashan, and the Vyas Award, among others.

Kedarnath Singh's Works:

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

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