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Remembering Harivansh Rai Bachchan On His 18th Death Anniversary

Remembering Harivansh Rai Bachchan On His 18th Death Anniversary

New Delhi: Harivansh Rai Bachhan was born in a Kayastha family. He was the eldest son of Pratap Narayan Shrivastav and Saraswati Devi. After receiving his formal schooling from a municipal school, he studied at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Allahabad University. While studying at the BHU, he got influenced by India's Independence Movement led by Gandhi ji and took part in that.

At Allahabad University, he taught in the English Department for two years, then he moved to Cambridge University to pursue his Ph.D. Harivansh Rai Bachchan is the 2nd Indian to get his Doctorate from Cambridge.

Bachchan Ji had also served at All India Radio (AIR) in Allahabad. In year 1926, he married his first wife Shyama at the age of 19. At that time Shyama was only 14 years old. 10 years after their marriage, Shyama died after a long spell of TB in the year 1936.

In 1955, the External Affairs Ministry appointed him an officer on Special duty in Delhi. He had translated Shakespeare's Macbeth and Othello into the Hindi language. In the year 1966, he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

Among his extraordinary literary works, he is famous for his poem Madhushala. He had wrote the most famous Holi Song Rang Barse which was also used in the Hindi film "Silsila" starring his son, Amitabh Bachchan.

On 18 January, year 2003 he breathed his last, and on 19 January 2003, his post ritualistic event was done at the Ruia Park crematorium in suburban Juhu in Mumbai.

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