Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi
Born: 4 April 1889
Died: 30 January 1968
- He also called Pandit ji, was an Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist who is particularly remembered for his participation in India’s national struggle for independence and his contribution to Chhayavaad, the Neo-romanticism movement of Hindi literature.
- He was awarded the first Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his work Him Taringini in 1955.
- The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1963.
- His noted works are Him Kirtini, Him Tarangini (Hindi: हिम तरंगिणी), Yug Charan (Hindi: युग चरण), and Sahitya Devata (Hindi: साहित्य देवता), and his most noted poems are Venu Lo Gunje Dhara (Hindi: वेणु लो गू़ँजे धरा), Deep Se Deep Jale (Hindi: दीप से दीप जले), Kaisa Chhand Banaa Deti hai (Hindi: कैसा छन्द बना देती है) and Pushp ki Abhilaashaa (Hindi: पुष्प की अभिलाषा).
- In his memory, the Madhya Pradesh Sahitya Akademi (Madhya Pradesh Cultural Council) organizes the annual ‘Makhanlal Chaturvedi Samaroh’, since 1987, besides awarding the annual ‘Makhanlal Chaturvedi Puraskar’ in poetry for excellence in poetry by an Indian poet.
- The Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh has been named in his honor .
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