Hindi writer Amar Kant died due to ill health at his residence in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh on 17 February 2014. He was 89. His short stories and novels portray the common people’s life and often his works were being compared with the legendary Prem Chand.
About Amar Kant
• Kant was born in 1925 in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh. Amarkant took active part in the Quit India Movement of 1942.
• Amar Kant prominent novels are Inhin Hathiyaron Se, Katili Raah Ke Phool, Sookha Patta, Kale Ujle and Beech ki Deewar. Other story collections are Zindagi Aur Jonk, Desk Ke Log, Maut Ka Nagar, Mitra Milan and Kuhasa.
• Kant received the 45th Jnanpith Award in 2009 along with Shree Lal Shukla, Hindi satirist of Raag Darbari fame.
• He also won Sahitya Akademi Award in 2007. He won Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Inhi Hathiyaron Se, a voluminous work set against the backdrop of Quit India Movement.
• Kant also received Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan Award, Maithli Sharan Gupta Award and Amarkant Keerti Samman from Madhya Pradesh government and Vyas Samman in 2009.