New Delhi, Feb 18, 2017: According to Premchand’s grandson Alok Rai, Munshi Premchand changed the face of Hindi-Urdu literature by incorporating his ‘modern outlook’ and lucid articulations.
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Rai spoke in a session titled “Hindustani Zindagi Ka Naqsh-Nigaar: Premchand” in which he stated that Premchand picked a language, which reached the masses.
“Premchand had a modern view and understood things happening around him from a completely different perspective. Being an ardent reader, he had several influences which he used in telling stories,” Rai stated while speaking at Jashn-e-Rekhta, a festival celebrating Urdu language.
Manager Pandey, former JNU professor and author spoke about the usage of idioms was exclusive to Premchand’s writings.
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“He adopted an extensive use of idioms in most of his stories. The best thing about Premchand was that he was a social writer and expressed himself in a language that people could easily understand. He touched different castes, cultures as well as religions and catered to everybody,” Manager said.
Munshi Premchand wrote more than dozen of books and penned more than 300 stories. Therefore, he was known as “Upanayas Samrat”. He is attributed to be a pioneer in Hindi literature.
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Premchand’s books, for instance, “Godaan”, “Nirmala”, “Rangbhoomi” and “Sevasadan”;
exhibited the realism and portrayed the plight of oppressed and urban middle class strata of the society in his modern and critical way.
His popular stories are “Kafan”, “Shatranj Ke Khiladi”, “Idgah”, “Poos Ki Raat”, “Namak Ka Daroga” and “Sadgati” among many others.
Rai stated that his grandfather penned strong woman characters with a free will, hence he was ahead of his times and broke ceiling on the stereotypes of submissive woman.
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