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Rajendra Yadav


TSI | New Delhi, November 5, 2013 14:11
Tags : Rajendra Yadav | Hindi literature |Nayi Kahani |Pret Bolte Hain (1951) |

Rajendra Yadav, leader of a new wave in Hindi literature, passed away at the age of 85. Yadav was credited with a radical re shaping of storytelling through the ‘Nayi Kahani’ movement which questions orthodoxy, traditions and belittling socio political mores. He had once said, “Our roots are neither in any religious text, nor in any historical ruins - they are where there is labour, demand for equal rights - there is democratic openness, and where there is collective uprising against the oppression of thousands of years..” His mother—a follower of the Arya Samaj, and his father—an agnostic and a medical doctor had immense influence in shaping his early years. His first novel Pret Bolte Hain (1951), later renamed Sara Akash is a milestone in Hindi publishing, and led to an eponymous film which marked the beginning of parallel Hindi cinema. In addition to his prolific writing and translations, he relaunched the literary magazine Hans and was its editor till his demise.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017