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Harivansh Rai Bachchan: A revered personality of Indian literature

मदिरालय जाने को घर से चलता है पीनेवला,
‘किस पथ से जाऊँ?’ असमंजस में है वह भोलाभाला,
अलग-अलग पथ बतलाते सब पर मैं यह बतलाता हूँ –
‘राह पकड़ तू एक चला चल, पा जाएगा मधुशाला।’। ६।

Born on 27th Nov 1907 in district Allahabad of U.P., Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was one of the most noted poets of modern Indian history. Best known for his famous work Madhushala (a paragraph is quoted above), Mr Bachchan has given Indian literature lovers great poetic work like Jagoo, Agneepath  etc.

Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan: Mythical India

Belonging to a Srivastava family in Raniganj Tehsil, U.P., he was called Bachchan (kid at home), which he later adopted as his last name. He went on to study at Allahabad University and Banaras Hindu University. Later he earned a PhD degree from Cambridge University, the second Indian to earn a doctorate in English Literature from Cambridge in 1954.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan with Amitabh and Abhishek bachchan: Mythical India

Mr. Bachchan also worked at All India Radio and Ministry of External Affairs . He was nominated for Rajya Sabha in 1966 and later awarded with Sahitya Akademi. In 1976, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution to Indian Literature.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan receiving sahitya academy award: Mythical India

Even after so many accolades during his lifetime, Harivansh Rai Bachchan is today remembered majorly for his work of poetic brilliance. His elder son Mr Amitabh Bachchan, has been seen so many times reciting his famous lines during various events. Today, on his birth anniversary, we salute the great artist for inspiring so many generations and giving us so much to cherish.

"In the afternoon of time" the Autobiography of Harivansh Rai Bachchan: Mythical India

We leave you with one more of his great piece and would like to hear your thoughts on his work in the comments section below.

वृक्ष हों भले खड़े
हों घने, हों बड़े
एक पत्र छाँह भी
मांग मत! मांग मत! मांग मत!
अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ!

तू न थकेगा कभी
तू न थमेगा कभी
तू न मुड़ेगा कभी
कर शपथ! कर शपथ! कर शपथ!
अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ!

यह महान दृश्य है
चल रहा मनुष्य है
अश्रु-स्वेद-रक्त से
लथ-पथ! लथ-पथ! लथ-पथ!
अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ!


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