Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh passed away on March 19, 2018 in New Delhi following a prolonged illness. He was 84.
Kedarnath Singh was among India’s most prominent modern Hindi poets, besides being an essayist and a well-known critic.
About Kedarnath Singh
• Kedarnath was born on July 7, 1934 in village Chakia of Ballia district in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
• He did his MA and Ph.D from Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya.
• He worked as a professor and as the Head of the Department of Hindi Language at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Indian Languages Centre.
• He was known for his simple style of writing, which was often inspired by objects of everyday life.
• His works include collections of poems such as 'Zameen Pak Rahi Hai', 'Baagh', 'Tolstoy aur Cycle', 'Yahan se Dekho' and 'Abhi Bilkul Abhi'.
• Some of his famous essays and stories are 'Kalpana aur Chhayavad', 'Kabristan Mein Panchayat', 'Hindi Kavita Mein Bimb Vidhan' and 'Mere Samay ke Shabd'.
• He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989 for his poetry collection Akaal Mein Saras and the Jnanpith Award in 2013.