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Kalika Prasad Saxena


PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, November 11, 2013 15:03
Tags : Kalika Prasad Saxena |satirist | script writer | botany teacher and occasional actor |

Kalika Prasad Saxena-satirist, script writer, botany teacher and occasional actor- passed away in Lucknow. Though best known for his dialogues in Lagaan, Swades and Jodha Akbar, Saxena’s over 18,000 creations- including poems, plays, and short stories enjoyed great popularity. Akashvani serialised over 150 of his plays, while Doordarshan adapted over 50. His work was also repeatedly relayed on BBC Hindi. He was credited with writing DD’s first serial ‘Bibi Natiyon wali’. Though dripping with humour and containing socially relevant messages, his writing was simple and fluid, and was often described as symbolic of Avadh’s syncretism. Employed by the Indian Railways, Saxena’s office was the first stop for eminent visitors getting off a train in Lucknow. These meetings gave birth to many anecdotes, which Saxena, universally known as KP, would recite with the opening words “Ama miyan”. Honours included the Padma Shri in 2000, the Nargis Dutt Award and the Chakallas Award.

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