Jaishankar Prasad

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Date of Birth January 30, 1889
Place of Birth India
Date of Death Jan 14, 1937 (47)
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Jaishankar Prasad

Jaishankar Prasad was a famed figure in modern Hindi literature as well as Hindi theatre. Prasad was his pen name.

Born: January 30, 1889, Benares, Benares State, British India
Died: November 15, 1937, Benares, Benares State, British India
Occupation: Novelist, playwright, poet
Notable works: Kāmāyanī (1936)

About Jaishankar Prasad

Though also a writer of short stories and novels, this prominent 20th-century Hindi literary figure is best remembered for his historical and mythological plays and romantic poems. His most famous works include Jharnā (poems), Kāmāyanī (poems), and Skandagupta (play).

Before Fame

He wrote his first poems in the Western Indian Hindi dialect of Braj Bhasha; his later work made use of a Sanskrit-influenced version of Hindi known as Khadi.


During the 1960s, an Indian theater professor named Shanta Gandhi led a modern revival of Prasad's dramatic works.

Family Life

A native of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, he was the son of tobacco merchant Babu Devki Prasad.


He and Girish Karnard both became successful Indian playwrights.

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  • Poets from Uttar Pradesh
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  • Indian male dramatists and playwrights
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  • 20th-century Indian dramatists and playwrights
  • 20th-century Indian novelists
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