Acclaimed Hindi author Namwar Singh dies at 92, cremation to take place at Delhi's Lodi crematorium today

  • Celebrated Hindi author and literary critic Namwar Singh died in the national capital late on Tuesday night at the age of 92

  • Senior journalist Om Thanvi posted about the author's demise on Facebook and said the cremation ceremony would take place at the Lodi crematorium on Wednesday afternoon

  • onsidered a living legend of Hindi literature, Singh has authored over a dozen works; prominent among them are Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman, Chhayavaad and Dusari Parampara Ki Khoj, among others

New Delhi: Celebrated Hindi author and literary critic Namwar Singh died in the national capital late on Tuesday night. He was 92. Singh breathed his last at 11.51 pm at the All India Institute of Medical Science's Trauma Centre, family sources said.

 Acclaimed Hindi author Namwar Singh dies at 92, cremation to take place at Delhis Lodi crematorium today

File image of Namvar Singh. ANI

Hindi writer, senior journalist, editor and critic Om Thanvi posted about the author's demise on Facebook and said the cremation ceremony of Singh would take place at the Lodi crematorium on Wednesday afternoon. "The Hindi literary world has plunged into darkness. Noteworthy thinker and a harbinger of Hindi literature passed away," Thanvi said.

Born on 28 July, 1926 in a village in Varanasi, Singh received a PhD degree from Banaras Hindu University and began his teaching career at the same university and has been a professor of Hindi literature in other universities.

Singh, who was the first chairman of JNU’s Centre of Indian Languages, retired from the university in 1992 but continued to remain as a 'professor emeritus.'

Considered a living legend of Hindi literature, Singh has authored over a dozen works; prominent among them are Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman, Chhayavaad and Dusari Parampara Ki Khoj, among others. He received the Sahitya Akademi award for literary criticism in the year 1971 for Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman.

The author had been the editor of magazines Janyug and Alochana. He had also served as president of the All India Progressive Writers' Association (AIPWA).

Singh had contested and lost the Lok Sabha elections as a Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate in 1959 from Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh. Well- known author Kashinath Singh is Namwar Singh's younger brother.

Updated Date: Feb 20, 2019 11:35:55 IST