Eminent Hindi litterateur Madhukar Singh led “Samantar Kahani Andolan” in story writing along with noted writer Kamleshwar and others in the 1970s. Singh was a recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award, Bihar government’s prestigious Jannayak Karpoori Thakur Sahitya Puraskar, Udayraj Puraskar and many others.
A prolific writer, Singh had at least 35 books, including 13 novels and 17 collections of stories, to his credit. His creativity covered almost all aspects of literature, including poetry, plays, novels, stories, translated works, folk songs and children’s literature.
Famous for portraying struggling poor persons as hero in his stories, Singh mainly wrote in favour of rural downtrodden classes, workers and farmers. He was deeply influenced by Naxal movement of the late 1960s.
One of his stories, “Dushman” (enemy), is considered a milestone in Hindi story writing. A play based on “Dushman” was staged by different drama groups in every nook and corner of the Hindi belt in 1980s.
Also associated with Jan Sanskriti Manch, Singh authored famous novels such as “Sonbhadra ki Radha”, “Arzun Zinda Hai”, “Benimadho Tiwari Ki Patoh” and “Mere Gaon Ke Log.”
He died at his residence at native village Dharahara, on the outskirts of Ara in Bhojpur district, on July 15th, 2014. He was 87. The end came at 3:45 p.m after an attack of hiccups. A retired schoolteacher, Singh had been bedridden for several years following a paralytic attack. He is survived by his three sons and three daughters, His wife died in 2004.
A condolence meeting was held at his village, where noted writers Anant Kumar Singh, Niraj Singh, Shri Ram Tewari, Pawan Shrivastava and several others recalled his contributions to Hindi literature.