About The Event

Gyaan Adab celebrates Munshi Premchand’s 135th birth anniversary through an audio-visual presentation and cinematic narratives featuring some of his famous short stories- Boodhi kaki, Kaffan and Idgah.

A pioneer of modern Hindi and Urdu fiction, Munshi Premchand was the first Hindi author to introduce realism in his writings. By pioneering a new form of writing- fiction with a social purpose - he believed literature was a powerful means of educating public opinion.

It is an ode to his genius that his writings have been translated not only into all Indian languages, but also Russian, Chinese, and many other foreign languages. Written in a very direct and simple style, the master’s stories made their own magic. His protagonists were always the people he observed around him. With each novel, each story of Premchand reassures us that humanity is alive and well.

In a way, the reader himself becomes a part of Premchand's stories, for all his fictional characters are real. They are living and breathing. Not just, blank ink on white paper. It is this same magic that the Centre wants to reinstill for the evening.

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