Last Updated: 07 Nov, 2023 | Views: 504
Other Profession(s): Author, Poet, Teacher, Radio Producer, Translator
Famous For: India Poet and winner Of Padma Bhushan
Higher Education: Ph.D. from St Catharine’s College
Harivansh Rai Bachchan was an Indian poet and author who contributed to the Nayi Kavita literary movement (romantic upsurge) in Hindi literature in the early 20th century. Additionally, he was a poet for the Hindi Kavi Sammelan. His early work Madhushala is what made him most famous. He was also the father of Ajitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Abhishek Bachchan, as well as the spouse of social activist Teji Bachchan. For his contributions to Hindi literature, he received the Padma Bhushan in 1976.
In 1907: Harivansh was born into a Kayastha family.
In 1926: He married Shyama, his first wife when he was just 19 years old.
From 1941 to 1957: Harivansh taught at Allahabad University for two years before finishing a Ph.D. at Cambridge University’s St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
In 1955: He was designated an Officer on Special Duty in Delhi by the External Affairs Ministry. He spent ten years working there.
In 1966: He was chosen to serve in the Rajya Sabha.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1976: He was honored with India’s third-highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan.
In 1990: The movie Agneepath, starring Amitabh Bachchan, incorporates couplets from his work "Agneepath."
In 2012: The remake of Agneepath, starring Hrithik Roshan, uses couplets from his work "Agneepath."
Harivansh is the author of the widely-read poetry Madhushala and frequently begins his introductions with the words "Mitti ka tan, masti ka man, kshan-bhar jivan-mera parichay," which translate to "a body of clay, a mind of fun, a second of life, my introduction."
Harivansh Rai did not always go by the last name of Bachchan. Srivastava was his original last name.