Renowned Hindi poetess Kirti Chaudhary no more

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New Delhi, Jun 14 (UNI) Renowned Hindi poetess Kirti Chaudhari died in London yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

Her mortal remains would be consigned to flames on June 21 in London.

Talking to UNI over phone, her brother and noted poet Ajit Kumar said her funeral would be held on Saturday, June 21 at around 1100 hrs (Indian time).

The nonagenarian was considered to be one of the most prominent poets of modern Hindi poetry in the 20th century. Her poems are included in the syllabi of various schools and colleges in India.

It was her refreshing style that led one of the stalwarts of modern Hindi literature Sachchidananda Vatsyayan Agyeya to include her poems in the much talked-about 'Teesra Saptah' published in 1960.

She was among the two women between the 21 selected poets in 'Teesra Saptah'. The second woman was Shakunt, the better half of famous poet late Girija Kumar Mathur.

Daughter of renowned Hindi poetess Sumitra Kumari Sinha, Ms Chaudhari got married to the veteran BBC Hindi broadcaster (late) Onkar Nath Srivastava.

He family had close relations with Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Dharmvir Bharti in Mumbai.

She is survived by her daughter Atima Srivastava, who is a novelist in English language and has penned two novels entitled 'Transmission' and 'Looking for Maya'.

Meanwhile, noted writers like Kunwar Narayan, Ashok Vajpayee and Vishwanath Tripathi expressed grief on the death of Ms Chaudhary.


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