One of the first names that come to mind when one thinks of Hindi literature is that of Sumitranandan Pant. He was one of the most celebrated 20th-century poets of the Hindi language and was known for romanticism in his poems which were inspired by nature, people and beauty within.
Pant was born on 20th May 1900 in Kausani village, Almora District in what is now the state of Uttarakhand, into an educated middle-class Brahmin family. He was the first Hindi poet to be awarded the Jnanpith, he was a poet of nature, influenced by Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi.
He is considered one of the major poets of the Chhayavaadi school of Hindi literature. Pant mostly wrote in Sanskritized Hindi. Pant authored twenty-eight published works including poetry, verse plays and essays.
He received the "Sahitya Academy" award, given by India's Academy of Letters, for "Kala Aur Budhdha Chand". The Indian Government honored him with Padma Bhushan in 1961. To honor him India Postal Department has issued a 500 Paise stamp in 2015.
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