(Last Updated on : 19/01/2013)
Amritlal Nagar is one of the foremost writers of the country. He was born on 17th of August, 1916 in Agra
, Uttar Pradesh
. Amritlal Nagar started off as a journalist, but gradually he moved on to be an active writer in the film industry of the country. From December 1953 and May 1956, he worked as a drama producer in the All India Radio
. But, ultimately he resigned and devoted his entire time to freelance writing.
In Hindi literature
, Amritlal Nagar rose to fame with his humorous and satirical sketches, imitating the colloquial language of the descendents of Nawabs, though decadent yet always nostalgic. Amritlal Nagar has an inimitable witty style of writing. He has also written several short stories and novels, all of them permeating with Lucknow life. 'Ye Kothewaliyan' portray intimate sketches of prostitutes in Chowk, Lucknow. 'Suhag Ke Nupur' was originally a radio-play and later converted into a novelette based on the Tamil classic tale 'Silappadikaram'. But the most unforgettable character in his social novels is of 'Bua' in Bund aur Samudra. His late longer novel Amrit aur Vish for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award
in the year 1967 and the Soviet Land Nehru Award in the year 1970, is a long winding rather loose constructed rigmarole where again he shows his mastery over dialogue.
Amritlal Nagar has given many stories and humorous anecdotes and his other interests besides literature include archaeology. Amritlal Nagar was never long associated with any institution, literary or otherwise. He has knowledge of several languages, including Sanskrit language
, Bengali language
, Marathi language
and Urdu language
, besides his mother tongue Gujarati. Amritlal Nagar translated Godse Bhataji's Marathi book, Maza Pravas (My travel). Amritlal Nagar has contributed immensely to Indian literature. Some of his popular novels include Saat Ghunghat Waalaa Mukhadaa, Maanas Kaa Hans, Naachayo Bahut Gopaal, Khanjan Nayan, Orachhaa Ki Nartaki, Chakallas, Karwat, Peedhiyan, Gadar Ke Phool and Amrit aur Vish. Children's literature by Amritlal Nagar includes Bajarangi Pahalwaan, Bajarangi Naurangi and Natkhat Chaachi. Amritlal Nagar was also conferred with the Padma Bhushan Award
by the Government of India