Harivansh Rai Bachhan

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Harivansh Bachchan Born November 27, 1907
U.P. near Allahabad in the United Provinces (modern Uttar Pradesh)
Died January 18, 2003(2003-01-18) (aged 95)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Poet
Spouse(s) Shyama (1926 - 1936), Teji Bachchan (1941 - 2003 his death)
Harivansh Rai "Bachchan" Shrivastav (November 27, 1907– January 18, 2003) was a distinguished Hindi poet of Chhayavaad literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. He was also a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He is best known for his early work Madhushala (मधुशाला).[1] He is also the father of Bollywood megastar, Amitabh Bachchan.

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Yeats and Occultism. It was there that he used Bachchan as his last name instead of 'srivastava. He was the second Indian to get his doctorate in English literature from Cambridge University.

After returning to India, he taught briefly and then worked as a producer for All India Radio,mumbai In 1955, he moved to Delhi to join the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and there he was closely involved with the evolution of Hindi as the official language of India.

Bachchan used to introduce himself as

“ Mitti ka tan, masti ka man, kshan-bhar jivan– mera parichay. (मिट्टी का तन, मस्ती का मन, क्षण भर जीवन, मेरा परिचय) ”

(A body of clay, a mind full of play, a moment’s life - that is me).


[edit] Popular cultureOne of his inspirational poems, Agneepath ("Path of fire"), was used as the theme (and its title as the title) for the 1991 blockbuster movie featuring his actor son Amitabh Bachchan, as a ruthless mafia don. This movie was a failure commercially but earned Amitabh Bachchan a National Award for his performance. You can see Amitabh narrating the poem through out the movie.

The poem describes the entire gamut of sufferings that the human race had gone through and is going through.

Here is the actual poem - Agneepath:

अग्नि पथ! अग्नि पथ! अग्नि पथ!

वृक्ष हों भले खड़े,
हो घने, हो बड़े,
एक पत्र-छॉंह भी मॉंग मत, मॉंग मत, मॉंग मत!
अग्नि पथ! अग्नि पथ! अग्नि पथ!

तू न थकेगा

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