Lesser Known Facts About Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar was an Indian poet, essayist, patriot and academic. He is considered one of the most important modern Hindi poets. Dinkar remerged as a poet of rebellion as a consequence of his nationalist poetry written in the days before Indian independence. Here are a few lesser-known facts about him:

  • Born on 23 September 1908, in Simaria village of Begusarai district of Bihar, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s father’s name was Babu Ravi Singh and mother’s name was Manroop Devi.

  • During his student life, Dinkar faced a lot of problems related to the economic conditions of his family.

  • Greatly influenced by Iqbal, Rabindranath Tagore, Keats, and Milton and translated works of Rabindranath Tagore from Bengali to Hindi, Dinkar used to read and analyze their works.

  •  He is regarded as the greatest Hindi poet of ‘Veer Rasa’. His nationalist poetry written before independence earned him the title of ‘national poet’.

  • His first poetry was published in 1924 in a local newspaper called ‘Chhatra Sahodar.’

  • Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s first major poetical work was ‘Vijay Sandesh,’ which was published in 1928. This work consisted of ten poems based on the peasant’s satyagraha led by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

  • Ramdhari Singh Dinkar entered politics during the time of India’s struggle for freedom from British rule. He initially supported the revolutionary movement, but later became a Gandhian. However, he still supported violence to a degree, and therefore, regarded himself as a “bad Gandhian.”

  • Dinkar also had a political career and served as a member of Rajya Sabha from 1952 to 1964.

  • Ramdhari Singh Dinkar got married in Bihar’s Tabhka village of Samastipur district. However, the name of his wife is not known.

  • In 1999, Dinkar was one of the Hindi writers to be featured on a commemorative postal stamp that was released to celebrate ‘Linguistic Harmony of India’.

  • In 1959, he earned the Padma Bhushan for his distinguished service in the field of writing. He died in April 1974 at the age of 65.

  • Dinkar Chowk in Patna has been named after the legendary poet. This intersection also has the famous Dinkar statue

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