1880 - 1936

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

country of citizenship:  British Raj
languages spoken, written or signed:  HindustaniHindiUrdu
occupation:  novelistscreenwriterwriter

Dhanpat Rai Srivastava (31 July 1880 – 8 October 1936), better known as Munshi Premchand based on his pen name Premchand (pronounced [preːm t͡ʃənd̪] ), was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. Premchand was a pioneer of Hindi and Urdu social fiction. He was one of the first authors to write about caste hierarchies and the plights of women and laborers prevalent in the society of late 1880s. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent, and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindi writers of the early twentieth century. His works include Godaan, Karmabhoomi, Gaban, Mansarovar, Idgah. He published his first collection of five short stories in 1907 in a book called Soz-e-Watan (Sadness of the Nation). His works include more than a dozen novels, around 300 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi. Rekhta's preservation initiative has archived Premchand's literary work that constitutes 278 e-Books, 63 short-stories, 13 articles and 31 quotes. Source: Wikipedia (en)


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