CPI Condoles Demise of Namvar Singh
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on February 21, 2019 condoling the demise of Prof Namvar Singh:
The national secretariat of the Communist Party of India condoles the demise of Prof Namvar Singh, renowned author, critic, and a great teacher. Namvar Singh had been president of Progressive Writers’ Association for several terms and finally he was elected as patron of the PWA which he remained till the end.
The doyen of Hindi literature breathed his last in the midnight of February 20, 2019. He had not been keeping well for more than a month and was on the ventilator for three weeks.
In his passing away, Namvar Singh has left a legacy of not only literary criticism, he created a tradition of creative criticism, that has kept inspiring the several generations he had seen through in his nine decades of life.
A critical analyst, Namvar introduced a new dimension to the existing context of realism in literature. It stood apart from any in the specific field, but there was also an awareness towards the role of tradition which was never denied.
He was the last authoritative voice on the Aapabhransha literature in Hindi and his hold on Sanskrit was so well that the Sanskrit scholars shirked from disputing his judgment.
Born on July 28, 1926 in Varanasi’s village Jiyanpur (now in Chandauli), Namvar Singh completed his MA and Ph.D. in Hindi literature from the Banaras Hindu University. He also worked as a professor in his alma mater BHU as well as Jodhpur university and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Namvar Singh served as the editor of two Hindi magazines, Janyug and Alochana.
He gave Hindi literary criticism a new direction with his books such as Chhayavaad, Itihas Aur Alochana, Kahaani Nayi Kahaani, Kavita Ke Naye Pratimaan and Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj.
CPI shares the grief of the bereaved family, and friends and conveys its condolences.