Who was Pandit Amrit Lal Nagar? Childhood and Livelihood?
Pandit Amrit Lal Nagar is the third period of the Hindi novel. Pandit Amrit Lal is an important name. He was born in a very respectable Gujarati Brahman family in Gokalpura Mohalla, Agra on 17th August 1916. His father’s name was Pandit Raja Ram Nagar. And his grandfather, Pandit Shiva Ram Nagar shifted to Lucknow and lived there.
In 19135, when Amrit Lal was 19 years old, his father died in sudden death. The family’s burden fell on his shoulders. He had an education of ordinary standard. After his father, Nagarji had to worry about the daily primary needs of the family. He got a dispatcher’s job in an insurance Company on Rs.30 per month.
Some people say that the reason behind this service was not so much come over financial difficulty as was to get rid of those people who often embarrassed Nagarji by putting such questions- now what do you propose doing, better do some service and the like. NagarJi did the service wholeheartedly, but he had to leave it, as he had some quarrel with the officer. He worked here for 17 days only.
Early Life and Qualities
During 1940, Amrit Lal went to Bombay to find a job in the world of cinema. After 7 years, he came back to Lucknow. During this period 7 years in Bombay, he gets both name and fame. During this era he creates himself as a literary person in the world.
When he staying in Lucknow, he continued to achievements in the field of literature. Govt. of India appointed him on the post of the producer in All India Radio Delhi. He worked there for two years from 1953 to 1955. The bright complexion, well-built healthy body, betel in the mouth, the effect of Bhang intoxication in the eyes, locks of hair coming up to the ears- this was the personality of Pandit Amrit Lal Nagar. He was very sweet-tongued and loved the humor. In short, Nagarji was nice to look at and spoke nectar-like sweet and pleasing languages.
Some Personalities of Amrit Lal
The kindness and perfectionism of Lucknow had become part of Nagarji living and conduct. This personality of Nagarji can be seen peeping through his novels. In the words of another, novelist. It would not be too much to say that Nagarji represented the development and culture of Lucknow. Nagarji’s behaviors were cognitive, and he used the ‘Chakllas – magazines of wit and humor. Acharya Pandit Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi said’ after going through ‘Chakallas’ my dead heart came back to life.
Amrit Lal born as a great mastermind and had a good destiny of getting the sympathy and affection of his father’s friends, Viz, Pandit. Madhava Shukla Babu Shyam Sunder Das, Pandit Braj Narain ‘Chakast’ etc. This august association brought out his talent and sight direction as well.
Mythical Works Amrit Lal Nagar
The boycott of Simon Commission in 1928 is great event of the freedom movement of India. That time, Nagarji’s age was about 13 years, that event had a very serious effect on him.
Accordingly, on the foundation of this sentiment of nationalism and uprising the house of his literary creation began to be erected. During this period Nagarji wrote parodies of Prasad’s Aansu, three poems in Hitaishi, and Kisan of Sohanlal Dwivedi and some other poems. His first story Prayaschit was published in a local magazine ‘Anand’. He was of 15 years then. In 1935, his first collection of stories ‘Vatika was published. That was the first step of novel-writer Nagarji.
Amrit Lal was a greatly talented writer of narration. He wrote hundreds of stories, literature for children, humor and satire, dramas and novels, but basically, he was a novelist. He wrote all kinds of novels social, political, historical, and cultural. In almost every novel we can see social awareness. Nagarji, like Prem Chand, creates very well human values in stories.
Creator of Literature
Nagarji believed literature to be a very important part of life. He says that’ to get life going one has to do many things other than literature. he has as matter of fact, accepted a person’s responsibility both to the family and the society, this is the reason that we find healthy social life’s philosophy in his novels.
Nagarji always kept unfriendly from politics and dirty parties politics. He was never attached to any sort of politics – general and literary. His both outer and inner personalities are cent percent pure Bhartiye, Dr. Ram Vilas Sharma has written about him that ‘Whatever Nagarji says, is without any reservation that is unmindful of anything or anyone. Whatever he has to say, he would say on the face of the person.
Stories by Amrit Lal
Avashesh, Ek Dil Hazar Afasane, Ek Dil Hazar Dastan , Atom Bomb, Panchawan Dasta and Seven Stories , Utarcharahava, Chakkardar Seerihiyan, aur Andhera, Charhat Na Dujo Rang, Nukkar Par, Bat ki Bat and Yugavatar.
As a Novelist
Nagarji has to his credit property of novels. His famous novels are Seth Bankey Mal, Mahakal, Boond Aur Samundra’ and Amrit and Vish’ Besides these, his much talked of novels are Nawabi Masanad, Gadar ke Phool , Shatranj ke Mohare, Ye Kothewalian’ and Suhag ke Noopur’.
Awards and Achievements, Departure
In his long spell of service to Hindi Literature, Nagarji received a number of awards and honours. On Amrit and Vish he was given Sahitiya Academy Puraskar in 1947, and Soviet land Nehru Puruskar in 1970.
In 1981, the Central Government of India decorated him with Padambushan. In 1986, the state Government of Bihar honor him with Rajendra Prasad Shikar Samaan, in 1989 the State Government of Uttar Pradesh did honor to him to draw to him people’s awareness. After about 60 years of service in Hindi literature, Nagarji departed for heaven at the age of 74 years, in the King George Medical College Lucknow.