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Vijaydan Detha, the Rajasthani folk writer died

Vijaydan Detha died on 10 November 2013 in Borunda village in Jodhpur. He gave a modern touch and identity to the folk tales of Rajasthan.

Nov 11, 2013 15:15 IST
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Vijaydan Detha, a writer from Rajasthan died on 10 November 2013 in Borunda village in Jodhpur due to cardiac arrest. He gave a modern touch and identity to the folk tales of Rajasthan. He is now survived by three sons and a daughter. Detha (87) was popularly known as Bijji.

About Vijaydan Detha

• He was born on 1 September 1926 in a village Borunda near Jodhpur
• He had over 800 short stories to his credit. He is also credited for adding modernization to the folk tales of the state and an identity to them
• He was a powerful representative of Rajasthani literature internationally for some works like Chauboli and others, which were translated by Christie Merrill and Kailash Kabir
• One of his works, Baatan ri Phulwaari was retold in his distinctive style as a 13 volume anthology of folktales. For the same work he won the Sahitya Akademi Award
• He also received Padma Shri for his contribution to education and literature  in 2007
• He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2011 for his contribution to folk tales
• He was also conferred with the Rajasthan Ratan award from state Government in 2012
• He also is a recipient of Sahitya Chudamani Award
• One film named Paheli was based on his story Duvidha. This was the last film based on his works
• His story, Charandas Chor was adopted by a theatre director Habib Tanvir to make a play. Shyam Bengal also made a film on the story

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