New Delhi, Feb 20: Hindi literary criticism lost its shining star in the passing away of Namvar Singh, who died after prolonged illness, here.
Dr Singh breathed his last at 2315 hrs on Tuesday, at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences, where he was being treated. He was 92.
Born on July 28, 1926 in Varanasi's village Jiyanpur, Dr Singh completed his post-graduation and PhD in Hindi literature from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and started his teaching career with his alma mater Rajkamal Prakashan, which published Singh's books.
A Sahitya Akademi awardee, Dr Singh is known for penning books such as 'Chhayavaad', 'Kavita Ke Naye Pratimaan', 'Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj', 'Kahani Nayi Kahani' and 'Itihaas Ek Alochana'.
He was president of the Hindi language centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Post retirement, he continued to remain its 'Professor Emeritus'.
He also served as Editor of magazines 'Janyug' and 'Alochana' and president of All India Progressive Writers' Association.
He also headed the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya as its Vice Chancellor
Condolences poured in for Dr Singh, with President Ram Nath Kovind leading the nation in paying tributes.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the President said, 'Deeply grieved by the demise of Dr Namvar Singh, who established a new paradigm in Hindi literature. His demise is not only a big trauma for Hindi, but for the literature of all Indian languages. My condolences for the mournful family and the entire world of Hindi literature.'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condoled the death of eminent Hindi critic.
Mr Modi said, 'Deeply hurt by the death of towering figure of Hindi literature Namwar Singh Ji. Through criticism, he gave Hindi literature a new direction. Namvar ji's death is an irreparable loss to the world of literature. May God give peace to the departed soul.'
The Union Home Minister said, 'With the death of noted litterateur and commentator Dr Namvar Singh, Hindi literature has lost a great seeker. He not only looked the criticism, but he also contributed a lot to the expansion of poetry. He established a new paradigm of Hindi literature and created new idioms.'
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, 'Noted literary critic and Hindi author Namvar Singh is no longer among us. Humble tribute to Namvar Singh ji, who gave a new dimension and height to criticism in Hindi literature. May God give strength to his soul and strength to his family to bear this suffering. (UNI)