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Kunwar Narayan(Hindi), 2005

(b. 1927) –— Kunwar Narayan was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. He received a Master’s degree in English literature from Lucknow University. He is a businessman by profession. He has served as Vice-chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1976-79 and as a member of the editorial board of Naya Pratik ( The New Symbol), a monthly magazine edited by S. H. Vatsyayan, during 1975-78. Among his important works are Chakravyooh (Poetry), Teesra Saptak (Poetry), Parivesh Hum Tum (Poetry), Koi Doosra Naheen (Poetry), Atmajayee (Epic), Akaron Ke Aas-Paas (Short Stories) and Aaj Aur Aaj Se Pehley (Criticism). Among the honours he has received are Hindustani Academy Award, Prem Chand Award, Tulsi Award, Vyas Samman, Kumarn Asan Award and Sahitya Akademi Award (1995). Address : S-371,Greater Kailash, New Delhi 110 048.

In the early 1950s, shortly after Independence, the nai kavita (new poetry) movement in Hindi brought together the prayogvad (modernist experimentalism) and the pragativad (political progressivism) that had emerged in the preceding two decades. Among the younger progressives and experimentalists who established their reputations in the new poetic movement were Kunwar Narayan and Kedarnath Singh. Kunwar Narayan was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, in 1927, and received a Master’s degree in English literature from Lucknow University. He is a businessman by profession and lives in Lucknow. His short stories are collected in Akaron ke ass pass (In the Vicinity of Shapes; 1971) and among his volumes of poetry are Atmajayi (Self-Conquerer; 1965) and Apne samane (Before Us; 1979). He has served as vice-chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy (the state academy of music and the performing arts) in 1976-79 and as a member of the editorial board of Naya Pratik (The New Symbol), a monthly magazine edited by S. H. Vatsyayan, during 1975-78. His honors include the Hindustani Academy award for poetry in 1971 and the Uttar Pradesh government’s Premchand Puraskar for fiction in 1972-73. Since the 1960s, Hindi readers have regarded Narayan as one of the more difficult contemporary experimental poets in the language, concerned with a wide range of historical, political, cultural, and psychological issues.


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Satya Vrat Shastri (Sanskrit), 2006

(or Satyavrat Shastri) is a Sanskrit scholar. He is an honorary professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was the Head of the Department of Sanskrit and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Delhi, where he was the Pandit Manmohan Nath Dar Professor of Sanskrit [1970-1995]. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Sanskrit from the Punjab University, and his Ph.D from the Banaras Hindu University.[1]

Satya Vrat Shastri was also the Vice-Chancellor of Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri, Orissa, and a visiting professor at the Chulalongkorn and Silpakorn Universities in Bangkok, the Northeast Buddhist University, Nongkhai, Thailand, the University of Tubingen, Tübingen, Germany, the Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He also taught Sanskrit to Thailand‘s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn [1977-1979]. [2] [3] [4]

Satya Vrat Shastri has written several poetic works in Sanskrit. His current research projects are the Sanskrit inscriptions and Hindu temples in Thailand, Kalidasa Studies, a critical edition of the Yogavasishtha, the Sanskritic vocabulary of South East Asia, and the Rama story in South East Asia.

  • Brhattaram Bharatam ( A Kavya in Sanskrit ) Sarasvati Susama, Journal of the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, Vol. XII, No. 1, Samvat 2014

  • Sribodhisattvacaritam (A Kavya in Sanskrit), First Ed. Self Publication, Delhi, Samvat 2017 (A.D. 1960) pages iv+ 120, Second Ed. Meharchand Lacchmandas, Delhi 1974,

  • Srigurugovindasimhacaritam (A Kavya in Sanskrit) (With a Foreword by Dr. V.Raghavan), First Ed. Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Patiala, 1967, Second Ed. Sahitya Bhandar, Meerut, 1984,

  • Sarmanyadesah Sutaram Vibhati (A Kavya in Sanskrit), Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrit Parishad, Lucknow, 1976

  • Indira Gandhi-caritam (A Kavya in Sansktir), Bharatiya Vidya Prakashan, Delhi, 1976,

  • Thaidesavilasam (A Kavya in Sanskrit) (With a Foreword by Prof. Visudh Busyakul), Easten Book Linkers, Delhi 1979

  • Sriramakirtimahakavyam (A Kavya in Sanskrit) ( with a foreword by Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Princess of Thailand), Moolamall Sachdev and Amarnath Sachdeva Foundations, Bangkok, First Ed. 1990 , Second Ed. 1991, Third Ed. 1995.

  • Patrakavyam (A Kavya in Sanskrit), Eastern Book Linkers, Delhi 1994

  • New Experiments in Kalidasa (Plays), Eastern Book Linkers, Delhi 1994

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Raveendra Kelkar (Konkani), 2006


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