One of the famous Hindi Poem from Bachchan's great collection...
Author: Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan > Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a distinguished Hindi poet of Chhayavaad literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. He is best known for his early work Madhushala. He is also the father of Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.
Bachchan is best known for his early lyric poems Madhushala (The House of Wine), first published in 1935, social unity was the running theme of his greatest poetry collection. Madhushala brought instant fame. It whipped up a literary frenzy when he recited it to huge audiences. It has been choreographed, and performed on stage. It was one the first pieces of Hindi poetry that was set to music, with its best selling cassettes and CDs having appeal across generations. It was later translated into English and many regional Indian languages including Bengali, Marathi and Malayalam. It forms part of a trilogy, along with Madhubala (1936) and Madhukalash (1937).
His works include Nisha Nimantran, Khadi Ke Phool, Ekant Sangeet and Satrangini. In November, 1984, he wrote his last poem Ek November 1984 on Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Though not officially, he is considered in literary circles in India as the last Rashtriya Kavi (National Poet). His rendition of Madhushala was broadcast on All India Radio and is still available.
His public readings were attended by hundreds of people.
His autobiography, consisting of four volumes namely Kya bhooloon kya yaad karoon, Need ka nirmaan fir, Basere se door and Dashdwaar se sopaan tak (abridged and translated into English as In the Afternoon of Time) was chosen for the Saraswati Samman.
He published about 30 volumes of poetry. He translated Shakespeare's Macbeth and Othello, Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the Bhagavad Gita and W.B. Yeats into Hindi.
Bachchan's great collection, 'Madhushala', is often thought to be a great admirer of wonder solutions himself. It is wrongly believed that the creator of one of the most famous poems on wine (Madhushala), never drank liquor. In fact, he had never drank liquor till he completed Madhushala. He started drinking, although sparingly, later in his life, a fact that he admits to in his autobiography.