Several Hindi writers have grabbed our attention over the years with their timeless pieces – both in the form of novels and poetry. From influencing the Indian freedom movement to painting the real picture of the pre-independence era, these Hindi writers have played a huge role in shaping Indian history.
Let us have a look at the top 10 Hindi writers and their stories that have become quite famous for their unique storytelling.
Hindi Writers And Their Stories That We Remember For Unique Storytelling
Mahadevi Varma (1907 – 1987)
Famous for bringing out the prevalent issues in society, this writer has won the prestigious Jnanpith Award for her outstanding contribution to literature. She was also known for her soft vocabulary and the unique style of writing that not many could match.
Her novel ‘Deepskhikha’ quickly garnered much attention and marked her rise to fame. Apart from that, her books like Smriti ki Rekhaye, Path ke Saathi, and Nirja are still read with passion today.
Maithili Sharan Gupt (1886 – 1964)
At a time when Braj Bhasha was preferred by most of the writers, Maithili stuck to Khadi Boli and got the much-needed attention. What makes his works special is that it was centered exclusively around the struggles of the Indian Independence. This modern Hindi poet won the prestigious Padma Bhushan – the third-highest civilian award in India.
Maithili’s work struck such a chord among the freedom fighters of our country that he was famously regarded as the ‘Rashtra Kavi.’ His most famous works include Bharat Bharati, Urmila, Jayadrath Vadh, and Yasodhara.
Munshi Premchand (1880 – 1936)
One of the most memorable writers in Hindi literature, Munshi Premchand’s work centered around and highlighted the discrimination and oppression that women and lower-class Indians were subjected to at the time. It is said that words cut deeper than a knife, and his words garnished with realism had that power when bringing out the misery that people were subjected to.
Premchand has left a timeless legacy behind that will never die out. Some of his works that are still treasured today are Rangbhoomi, Godaan, Nirmala, and Kaphan.
Sumitranandan Pant (1900 – 1977)
Being one of the most versatile writers, Sumitranandan Pant was well-loved among the masses. Most of his poems had an element of romanticism and were mostly inspired by nature, people, and the surrounding environment. His book ‘Kala Aur Boodha Chaand’ won him the esteemed Sahitya Academy Award.
The most famous aspect of his books still remains his exploration of the inherent beauty that human beings possess. His Chhayavaadi poems can not be mentioned when talking about great works. Some of his most incredible works are Terepath, Gramya, and Chidambara.
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (1908 – 1947)
Another Padma Bhushan awardee, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, got famous for bringing out the people’s patriotic sentiments in the pre-independence era. Also known as the ‘Rashtra Kavi,’ his works earned him significant recognition.
His writings drew inspiration from the works of notable writers like Rabindranath Tagore and Muhammad Iqbal. Some of his famous works include Neem ke Patte, Urvashi, and Meri Yatrayen.
Hazari Prasad Dwivedi (1907 – 1979)
His notable writings act as a bridge between the past and the present times. Apart from being the author of numerous brilliant novels, he also conducted historical research on medieval religious movements like Natha Sampradaya and Kabir.
He won the Padma Bhushan award for his contribution to Hindi Literature and the Sahitya Akademi award for Alok Parva – a collection of essays. His books mostly had historical themes, and the most famous of them are Anamdas ka Potha, Punarnava, Banbhatt ki Aatmkatha, and Charu Chandra Lekha.
Jai Shankar Prasad (1889 – 1937)
His works emanated romanticism in a way none others did. The khadi boli style which he wrote made him quite popular among the readers. Moreover, he not only positively impacted Hindi Literature but also Hindi Theatre. He has doubtlessly given us some of the best Hindi stories of the times.
Some of Jai Shankar Prasad’s most noteworthy works have been Kamayani, Aaansoo, Titli, and Lahar. Indulge in these timeless classics that paint such a beautiful picture of the pre-independence era.
Suryakant Tripathi Nirala (1897 – 1961)
Reaching the epitome of Hindi writing, Suryakant Tripathi was one of the best poets, novelists, and essayists of his time. He was also a spectacular artist who conveyed a lot through hand-drawn sketches, leaving readers mesmerized. Hard to believe that Hindi was not his first language, which he learned later in life at the age of 20.
His writings strongly condemned the exploitation and social injustice in society. His works include the likes of Nirupma, Kulli Bhat, Chaturi Chamar, and Prabhavati.
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan (1904 – 1948)
Rising to fame with the epic poem – Jhansi Ki Rani, Subhadra Kumari was also a freedom fighter opposing British rule. This largely influenced all her writings and was known to motivate a great number of youths to participate in the Indian freedom movement.
Her writings were always simple, clear, and easy to understand by the masses. She was also famous for using the Khariboli dialect of Hindi. Apart from Jhansi Ki Rani, her other famous works include Hingwala, Jallianwala Bagh
Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907 – 2003)
This list is incomplete without this writer, who is known and loved by all to date. His exemplary works allowed him to be honored with the Padma Bhushan. He contributed immensely to the Hindi Kavi Sammelan with his out-of-the-world poetry.
His writings were greatly influenced by Persian and Urdu poetry while using the Devanagari script for writing. His most famous works include Madhushala, Neeli Chidiya, Janamdin ki Bhent, and Nisha Nimatran.
The list can still go on, but these were our top 10! Have you read any of their work? Which one do you like the best?