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Birth Centenary Celebrations

Dr. Harivanshrai Bachchan

(b. 27th November 1907, d. 18th January 2003)

A postage stamp to honor Dr. Harivanshrai Bachchan.

Madhushala  by Manna Dey.

Madhushala by Amitabh (2).

(l to r) Dr. Bachhcan, Pt. Narendra Sharma and Sumitranandan  Pant

Madhushala by  Amitabh (1)

BBC audio on the death of Dr. Harivanshrai Bachchan (track also includes couplets in his own voice!) requires real player!

Amitabh Bachchan recites Dr. Bachchan's selected poetry (click)
Jeevan ki Aapadhapi Mein A useful website on Dr. Bachchan
Madhushala in Unicode - Complete Verses A comprehensive resource on Dr. Bachchan
Dr. Bachchan at Kavita Kosh A letter to Pandit Nrendra Sharma


My Father My Hero - Amitabh Bachchan BBC News on the death of Dr. Bachchan
The Romantic Rebel - obituary by Rajendra Sharma Harivansh Rai Bachchan: Bright star of Hindi poetry
India Travel Times on Dr. Bachchan's death

Harivansh Rai Bachchan: An era of Hindi literature

I could not attend Dr. Bachchan's funeral! but dedicated my two poems to him on 19th January 2003. (The email id  mentioned in these pictures are not with me anymore!)


More Links to Dr. Bachchan

I also wrote to Amitabh Bachchan on two more occasions on the death anniversaries of Dr. Bachchan!  If the superstar did not have time to acknowledge it is quite understandable.  I will have a lifetime regret that I could  not attend  the funeral of Dr. Bachchan because of his being the father  of  India's biggest superstar!  The bundobast and  security around his final  rites meant the common man could not bid farewell to him on his final  journey! 

I only wish that Amitabh Bachchan takes initiative to build a memorial  for Dr. Harivanshrai Bachchan where matter and material  related to Dr. Bachchan is available to the common man. It will be a great service if such centres are enacted at Allahabad, Delhi and Mumbai.  (Rach do ab Nai Madhushala! )

It will be a perfect way to mark the birth centenary of  a great Hindi Poet who was loved by millions!

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