निशा निमंत्रण (Nisha Nimantran - Invitation to Night)

by: हरिवंशराय बच्चन (Harivanshrai Bachchan)

Harivanshrai "Bachchan" Srivastav (November 27, 1907 - January 18, 2003) was a distinguished Hindi poet of Chhayavaad literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. He is best known for his early work Madhushala (मधुशाला)<sup></sup>. He is also the father of Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.

Bachchan was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament in 1966, and received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1969. In 1976, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan and the Saraswati Samman for his contribution to Hindi literature. In 1994, he was conferred with the "Yash Bharati" Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, India. He is a recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award and the Lotus Award of the Afro-Asian writers conference.

About निशा निमंत्रण (Nisha Nimantran - Invitation to Night)

Death of Bachchan's first wife Shyama had a profound effect on his psyche, shattering all his hopes and dreams. His feelings of deep grief and pessimism were expressed through Nisha Nimantran (1938), collection of a hundred lyrics. Harivansh had tried to evolved his own version of sonnent and in harmony with its own poetic style. Instead of following the traditional pattern of octave and sextet, his lyrics consisted of 13 lines suited to Hindi language. Beginning with a cry of loneliness and ending with an assurance, the basic imagery of these lyrics were linked with the darkness and the light symbolising his grief and hope.

The poet had expressed his inner feelings in terms of the outer world, thus creating a universe of symbols. In the words of Mathur, "Nisha Nimantran will remain a highly moving poetic document of tragedy and suffering.

In the entire modern Hindi poetry there is no work like Nisha Nimantran, which has potrayed grief or the sense of a tragic void in life so profoundly."

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