Jnanpith awardee and renowned Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh died after a prolonged illness at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Monday night. He was 84 years old.
Singh, who has been ill for the last one year, was admitted to several private hospitals. About seven days ago, he had been admitted to AIIMS where he breathed his last around 2000 hrs.
His funeral will be performed at Lodi Road cremetorium at 1500 hrs on Tuesday.
He is survived by a son and five daughters. His wife had already passed away many years ago. He had received many honours, including the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Renowned Hindi poet and recipient of several awards, including the Jnanpith and the Sahitya Akademi, Kedarnath Singh was cremated here at Lodhi Road Crematorium on Tuesday evening.
The doyen of Hindi poetry, who was not keeping well for a few days, was admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) here. He passed away at the age of 83 on Monday.
Condolence messages poured in from different quarters for the former professor and chairperson at the Department of Hindi Language at the Centre for Indian Languages at Jawaharlal Nehru University, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his grief over Twitter.
In a tweet, Mr Modi said he was aggrieved deeply due to the death of great Hindi poet-writer Kedranath Singh. “Prof Singh gave voice to the sufferings of common man,” he said.
“In his passing away, the Hindi literature has lost a rare gem. A vacuum has been created in the literary world, which can never be filled now,” Mr Modi added.
Besides Mr Modi, the death of Prof Singh was condoled by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar and Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Shekhar.
Former Vice Chancellor of JNU SK Sopori, Secretary of Sahitya Akademi Shrinivas Rao, former secretary of the Akademi K Satchidanandan, Jnanpith Director Liladhar Mandloi, General Secretary of Janavadi Lekhak Sangh Murli Manohar Prasad Singh, General Secretary of Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh Ali Javed attended his cremation.
Known names in the world of poetry, including Ashok Bajpai, Naresh Saxena, Om Thanvi, Manager Pandey, Nirmala Jain, Purushottam Agrawal, Manglesh Dabral, Harish Trivedi, Shamim Hanfi, Vishnu Nagar and Vimal Kumar were present during cremation.
Expressing grief, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Prof Singh had deep bonds with Bihar. He was an expert in expressing the complexities of life in an easy manner. Apart from this, Prof Singh also headed the selection committee of Bihar Rajbhasha Award.
Sahitya Akademi Secretary K Shrinivas said Prof Singh was not only a poet, but a great critic and philosopher, who wrote brilliantly in other regional languages of the country, as well.
“The Akademi will always remain indebted to Prof Singh, for his immense contribution and innovative and creative ideas, through which he inspired many generations of poets, ” Mr Shrinivas added.
The Janavadi Lekhak Sangh, Sahitya Akademi award recipient Giriraj Kishore, Virendra Yadav and Madan Kashyap took to the social media to condole the death of the great poet.
Besides, numerous writers and poets from the country, as well as from abroad, also condoled his demise.