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Dharamvir Bharati

Dr. Dharamvir Bharati (December 25, 1926 - September 4, 1997), was an Indian writer.

Dr Dharamvir Bharati made a deep impact on Hindi literature and is considered to be one of the most renowned Hindi poet and writer of India. His novel "Gunahon ka Devtaa" became an evergreen classic. Andha Yug, his drama set in the time immediately after the Mahabharata war, is another classic that is enacted very often in public by various drama groups. Dr. Bharati's "Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda" is considered a unique experiment in story telling and was made into a national award winning movie of the same name in 1992 by Shyam Benegal. "Kanupriya", "Thanda Loha", "Saat Geet Varsh" and "Sapana Abhi Bhi" are amongst his most popular works of poetry.

He was born in Allahabad to Shri. Chiranji Lal and Smt. Chanda devi . The only other sibling he had was his younger sister, Dr. Veerbala. The family underwent considerable financial hardships after the father died early. Bharati did his MA in Hindi from Allahabad University in 1946 and won the "Chintamani Ghosh Award" for securing highest marks in Hindi. He was the sub-editor for magazines "Abhudaya" and Sangam" during this period. Later he completed his Ph.D. In 1954 under Dr. Dhirendra Verma on the topic of "Siddha Sahitya", and was appointed lecturer in Hindi in Allahabad University. 1950s were the most creative period in the life of Dr. Bharati and he wrote many novels, dramas, poetry, essays, and criticisms during this phase.

In 1960 he was appointed as Chief-Editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine Dharmayug brought out by the Times of India Group, and moved to Bombay. He remained the Editor of Dharmayug till 1987. During this long phase the magazine became the most popular Hindi weekly of the country and established new heightes in Hindi Journalism. As a field reporter, Dr. Bharati personally covered the Indo-Pak war that resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh.

Honors: In 1972, Dr. Bharati was awarded Padm Shree by the Government of India. He was also honored by "Rajendra Prasad Shikhar Samman", Bharat Bharati Samman", "Maharashtra Gaurav", "Kaudiya Nyas" and "Vyasa Samman".

Dr. Bharati had one sister (Dr. Veerbala). He married (1954) and later divorced Mrs. Kanta Bharati with whom he had a daughter Parmita. Few years later he remarried and had a son Kinshuk Bharati and a daughter Pragya Bharati with Mrs. Pushpa Bharati. Dr. Bharati developed heart ailment and died after a brief illness.

Prominent works

Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (The Seventh Steed of the Sun): A short novella, that may also be viewed as a set of connected mini-narratives, it can also be considered one of the foremost instances of metafiction in twentieth century Hindi literature. The protagonist is a young man named Manik Mulla who recounts these tales to his friends. The name of the work is an allusion to Hindu mythology where in the chariot of the Sun-God Surya is said to be drawn by seven horses.

Andha Yug (The Age of Blindness): Structured on events in the Mahabharata, it is a powerful metaphorical work.

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