Born: 19 September 1927
Died: 15 November 2017
- He was a poet in Indian literature, often regarded as the leading poet in Hindi.
- He read and traveled widely and wrote for six decades.
- He was linked to the New Poetry movement.
- His translations of the French symbolist poets like Mallarmé and Valery, and then of poets like Cavafy and Borges, contributed to his poetic developments.
- His work covers varied genres—poetry, epic poetry, short stories, literary criticism, translations, essays on world cinema, history, and Indian classical music, and articles of versatile cultural and human interest.
- He has been translated nationally and internationally, and his honors include the Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Kabir Samman, Vyasa Samman, Lohia Samman, Shalaka Samman, Warsaw University’s honorary medal and Italy’s Premio Feronia for a distinguished international author.
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September 19, 2019