Kashinath Singh
Kashinath Singh
Kashinath Singh
Native name
काशीनाथ सिंह
Born (1937-01-01) 1 January 1937 (age 87)
Jiyanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
OccupationWriter, novelist
Alma materBanaras Hindu University
Notable worksKashi Ka Assi, Rehan Par Ragghu, Kahni Upkhan
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award
Sharad Joshi Samman
Sahitya Bhushan
Katha Samman
Rajbhasha Samman
Bharat Bharti Award
RelativesNamvar Singh (brother)

Kashinath Singh (Hindi: काशीनाथ सिंह, born 1937) is an Indian writer and scholar of Hindi language and known for writing novels and short stories in Hindi. He was formerly a professor of Hindi literature in Banaras Hindu University. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2011 for his novel Rehan Par Ragghu, and is considered one of the best chroniclers of the city of Varanasi. He has recently received 'Bharat Bharti Award', the state's highest literary award given by U.P. government.[1]


Kashinath Singh was born in 1937 in the village of Jiyanpur, in Chandauli district of north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in a peasant family. His early schooling was done at Jiyanpur village school. He continued his education at Banaras Hindu University from where he obtained BA, MA and PhD. He started his career as a lecturer in Banaras Hindu University in 1965 and retired from there as professor and the head of the Hindi department.[2] Singh presently lives with his son in Varanasi in Brij Enclave on Manduadih Road. Renowned critic Dr. Namvar Singh is elder brother of Kashinath Singh.[3] He was a friend and relative of Doodhnath Singh.[4]


Kashi Ka Assi, published in 2008, is considered his most significant work. It is written from an insider's portrait of life on the ghats, the oddball characters and the student politicians from the 1970s. The novel is considered to be unique in its detailed portrayal of the colourful life of Varanasi.[5]

Kashinath Singh is also known for his unique style of writing biographies of literary personalities.[2] His memoirs are compiled into the volume Yaad Ho Ki Na Yaad Ho, which won the Sharad Joshi Award. Parts of Kashi ka Assi have been adapted to theatre by eminent director Usha Ganguly and the novel has also been adapted into a feature film, Mohalla Assi, by Chandraprakash Dwivedi.

Kashinath Singh received Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Rehan Par Ragghu in 2011.[5] In recent times, Kashinama, a play based on Kashi Ka Assi has been staged 125 times in India and abroad.[6]


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