27 NOVEMBER DR HARIVANSH RAI BACHCHAN (1907 to 2003)
Born on 27 Nov 1907 in Pratapgarh near Allahabad (present-day Prayagraj), Harivansh Rai Bachchan is remembered today for his incredible contribution to Hindi literature. Interestingly, his surname was Srivastava and the name Bachchan was a nickname given to him by his family. Harivansh Rai Bachchan had a major role to play in the process of making Hindi the official language of India. He is also one of the famous poets who was a part of the Nayi Kavita literary movement in the early years of the 20th century. Some of his popular poems include Madhushala, Tera Haar, Halahhaal, and Satarangi. In 1976, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Hindi literature. He passed away on 18 Jan 2003 in Mumbai.
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