11 DECEMBER MAITHILI SHARAN GUPT (1886 to 1964)
Born on 03 August 1886, Maithili Sharan Gupt was one of India’s most renowned modern Hindi poets. While most other poets used the Braj Bhasha dialect (the dominant language at the time), Gupt wrote in the Khari Boli dialect and is considered the pioneer of Khari Boli poetry. Most of Gupt’s work revolved around the Hindu epics, The Mahabharata and The Ramayana. Gupt's most influential work, Rang Mein Bhang, was published in 1910. In 1912, Gandhiji conferred upon him the title of Rashtra Kavi for his nationalist poetry collection, Bharat Bharati. It is said that as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, he used to express his opinions in poetry form. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Govt. of India in 1954. Maithili Sharan Gupt passed away on 12 December 1964.
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