|Born||1 January 1952|
Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh, India
|Genre||Novels, poetry, translation articles, TV and films|
Uday Prakash (born 1 January 1952) is a Hindi poet, scholar, journalist, translator and short story writer from India. He has worked as administrator, editor, researcher, and TV director. He writes for major dailies and periodicals as a freelancer. He has also received several awards for his collection of short stories and poems. With Mohan Das he received Sahitya Academi Awards in 2011. He is the first author to return his Sahitya Akademi award on Sep 3, 2015 against the killing of M. M. Kalburgi that initiated a storm of national protests by writers, artists,scholars and intellectuals. .
Prakash was born on 1 January 1952, in the backward village of Sitapur, Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh, India. He was raised by and given primary education there by a teacher. He graduated in Science and obtained his master's degree in Hindi Literature, receiving a Gold Medal from Saugar University in 1974. From 1975 to 1976, he was a research student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU); He was imprisoned as a passionate communist party member. He later lost interest in political ideology.
In 1978 Prakash taught as an assistant professor at JNU, and its Imphal Center for Post Graduate Studies. In 1980 he left academia, to become Officer-on-Special-Duty with the Madhya Pradesh Department of Culture. At the same time, he was Controlling Officer of the Bhopal Rabindra Bhawan, and assistant editor of Poorvagraha, a journal of Hindi literary criticism. (He was later critical of the Hindi literary establishment including Ashok Vajpeyi, who he worked for at Poorvagraha.)
From 1982 to 1990, Prakash worked in New Delhi newspapers; first as a subeditor of the Hindi news weekly Dinmaan, and later as Assistant Editor of the Sunday Mail. In 1987 becoming assistant professor at the School of Social Journalism (on deputation). In 1990 he joined ITV, (Independent Television), and became head of the PTI TV Concept and Script Department. Since 1993, he has been a full-time freelance writer.
Prakash was the editor of the monthly English language magazine "Eminence" (published in Bangalore) until April 2000.
He also participated in the international poetry festivals and seminars. 
He has also made documentary films with Sahitya Akademi, like on Dharamvir Bharti. Prakash returned his Sahitya Akademi award in 2015, to protest the murder of rationalist academic M. M. Kalburgi.
Peelee Chhatri Wali Ladki (2001) is Prakash's best known, and longest continuous story. Often called a "novella", Prakash calls it "a long short story" – Cheeni Baba will be his "first novel". His 2006 novella Mohan Das has been translated into English, seven Indian languages, and adapted by the author for the "Mohandas" screenplay (2009).
Translations by Prakash
Prakash has translated works by many International poets and writers into Hindi, including Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, H. Luis Borges, Paul Éluard, C.P. Cavafy, Adam Jędrzejewski, and Tadeusz Różewicz. Some notable examples:
Translations of Prakash's work
'Sahitya Akademi film's on writers
In an interview, Varun Grover, the lyricist of the 2015 movie Masaan, recounted that they had wanted to use one of Uday Prakash's compositions titled "Kuch ban jate hain" (from Abootar Abootar). The song was set to music, but at the end was not include in the film. Ultimately another song Tu rail si was used in its place (based on a poem by Dushyant Kumar).
Uday Prakash: Basically, I see myself as a poet first.
in 1970 I saw electricity first come to my village—at the time I was quite grown up. Before that we lived in a situation where modernity had no meaning
I read, in its library, a story... I can never forget that story.
I never got a job in the academic structure, they divided all the jobs between the Left and the Right
He is a humanist, as many communists have always been
'Nobody takes Vajpeyi seriously in Hindi literature. History will remember him as a culture czar who doled out patronage,' says Prakash
one of the most popular as well as controversial writers in Hindi
98% of the apex body of the organisers of VHS belonged to one Hindu caste and its sub-castes. That was the fact about this world language!
Shri Uday Prakash, Eminent Writer
Uday Prakash is a celebrated Hindi writer best known for Pili Chatri Wali Ladki
dares to raise uncomfortable questions that feel-good Bollywood prefers to ignore these days.
the novella deals with the impact of globalisation on Indian society
Uday Prakash, known for his style, has his book translated in eight different languages already– Other translations by: Haider Jafri Syed (Urdu), Yagyesh (Nepali), Rabinder Singh Bath (Punjabi), Vanita Sawant (Marathi), Manu Dash (Oriya), R.P. Hegade (Kannada), and Venugopalan (Telugu)
It was the mystery element in the story that really intrigued me
collection of thirteen stories
Uday Prakash has been publishing fiction and poetry for over two decades in addition to an active career as a journalist, translator, playwright, producer, director and writer for film and television
This wildly postmodern narrative tells, among others, the uproarious tale of a young man's all-consuming passion for the Bollywood starlet featured in the poster on his bedroom wall.
[awarded to] the best poem of the year penned by a young author (of not more than 35 years of age).