Celebrated Hindi author and literary critic Namvar Singh died at the age of 92. Born on 28 July 1926 in a village in Varanasi, Mr Singh received a Ph.D. degree from Banaras Hindu University and began his teaching career at the same university and has been a professor of Hindi literature in other universities.
Namvar Singh who was the first chairman of JNU’s Centre of Indian Languages retired from the university in 1992 but continued to remain as a ”professor emeritus.” Considered a living legend of Hindi literature, ‘Mr Singh has authored over a dozen works prominent among them are ”Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman”, ” Chhayavaad” and ”Dusari Parampara Ki Khoj” among others.
He received the Sahitya Akademi award for literary criticism in the year 1971 for ”Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman. The author had been the Editor of magazines ”Janyug” and ”Alochana”. Mr Singh had been the former president of the All India Progressive Writers’ Association (AIPWA).
Namvar Singh had contested and lost the Lok Sabha elections as a Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate in 1959 from Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh.