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Kunwar Narayan
Born(1927-09-19)19 September 1927
Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh
Died15 November 2017(2017-11-15) (aged 90)
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award in Hindi (1995) Jnanpith Award in 2005

Kunwar Narain (19 September 1927 – 15 November 2017)[1] was a poet in Indian literature in Hindi.[1] He read and traveled widely and wrote for six decades. He was linked to the New Poetry movement.


Born on 19 September 1927, in Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh[1] Kunwar Narain passed his M.A. examination in English Literature from Lucknow University in 1951. Married to Bharati Goenka in 1966, he had a son Apurva, born in 1967.[citation needed]

Political leaders Narendra Deva and Acharya Kriplani were key literary influences and he gave formative importance to his first visit to Europe, Russia and China in 1955 and meetings with Nazim Hikmet Ran, Anton Słonimskie and Pablo Neruda.[citation needed]

His translations of the French symbolist poets like Mallarmé and Valery, and then of poets like Cavafy and Borges, contributed to his poetic developments.[citation needed] His work covers varied genres—poetry, epic poetry, short stories, literary criticism, translations, essays on world cinema, history and Indian classical music, and articles of versatile cultural and human interest.[citation needed]

He has been translated nationally and internationally, and his honours include the Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Kabir Samman, Vyasa Samman, Lohia Samman, Shalaka Samman, Warsaw University's honorary medal and Italy's Premio Feronia for distinguished international author.[citation needed]

He died on 15 November 2017 at the age of 90.[2]



Epic poems





Awards and recognition

Selected foreign translations


  1. ^ a b c d e Reuters Hindi poet Kunwar Narayan wins Jnanpith award, 7 October 2009, Miral Fahmy, retrieved 21 March 2011.
  2. ^ Kunwar Narayan (1927-2017): Among the last of the doyens in Hindi literature
  3. ^ "JNANPITH LAUREATES". Bharatyia Jnanpith. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.