At 92 the great Hindi writer still dreams of social change through literature
Parampara is a Delhi based organisation founded by the Ernest and Young India chairman Kashi Nath Memani. Every year Parampara honours a leading writer for his contribution to the Hindi literature. Earlier this year Parampara honoured the 92-year old Hindi writer Vishnu Prabhakar. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel, Ardhanarishwara (The Androgynous God or Shiva). His biography of the eminent Bengali novelist, Saratchandra Chatterjee, Awara Masiha (Vagabond Prophet, 1974) is considered not only, to be his magnum opus, but also one of the three best Hindi biographies written so far. In an illuminating acceptance speech Vishnu Prabhakar spoke about the role of writers in bringing the social change.