Acclaimed Hindi Author And Literary Critic Namvar Singh Dies At 92

| February 20 , 2019 , 13:09 IST

Acclaimed Hindi author and critic Namvar Singh died in New Delhi last night at the age of 92.

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.

His cremation will take place at the Lodi crematorium in the capital today afternoon.

Born in Varanasi in July 1926, Namvar Singh completed his PhD from Banaras Hindu University where he also started his teaching career. He was the first chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre of Indian Languages. Considered a living legend of Hindi literature, Namvar Singh has authored over a dozen works.

Namvar Singh had received the Sahitya Akademi award for literary criticism in 1971 for his work 'Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman'.

Singh had been the former president of the All India Progressive Writers' Association (AIPWA).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Through criticism, he gave Hindi literature a new direction. Namvar ji's death is an irreparable loss to the world of literature. May God give peace to the departed soul."

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Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh tweeted his condolences, and praised Namvar Singh. “He established a new paradigm of Hindi literature and created new idioms,” Rajnath Singh said. “Despite having disagreements over ideas, he knew how to give people respect. His death is an irreparable loss for the world of Hindi literature and our society.”

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