Dear Members,

LBC is pleased to inform you that for our 4th Sunday meeting in August, we shall be discussing the works of  the Hindi writer and polymath, Rahul Sankrityayan .

Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan grew up in  a village near Benares and was educated in three languages.

He is called the Father of Hindi Travelogue Travel literature because he is the one who played a pivotal role to give travelogue a ‘literature form’, was one of the most widely travelled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away from his home. He travelled many places and is famously known for his authentic description about his travels experiences, for instance- in his travelogue “Meri Laddakh Yatra” he presents overall regional, historical and cultural specificity of that region judiciously.

Sankrityayan was also an Indian nationalist, having been arrested and jailed for three years for creating anti-British writings and speeches. He is referred to as the ‘Greatest Scholar’ (Mahapandit) for his scholarship.

He was both a polymath as well as a polyglot. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1963.

साहित्यकार, इतिहासकार और घुमक्कड़ राहुल सांकृत्यायन का जन्म साल 1893 में 9 अप्रैल को हुआ था…

1. बौद्ध धर्म पर शोध किया, जिसे हिंदी साहित्य में काफी महत्वपूर्ण दस्तावेज माना जाता है. इसके लिए उन्होंने तिब्बत से लेकर श्रीलंका और जापान तक भ्रमण किया.

2. 1958 में उन्होंने साहित्य अकादमी पुरस्कार और 1963 में पद्मभूषण से सम्मानित किया गया.

 3. 1930 में श्रीलंका जाकर उन्होंने बौद्ध धर्म की दीक्षा ली.

4. उन्होंने हिंदी भाषा पर टिप्पणी करते हुए कहा था, ‘मैंने नाम बदला, वेशभूषा बदली, खान-पान बदला, संप्रदाय बदला लेकिन हिंदी के संबंद्ध में मैंने अपने विचारों को कभी नहीं बदला.’

5. इन्हें कई भाषाओं का ज्ञान था. इनकी प्रसिद्ध किताब ‘वोल्गा से गंगा’, है.

*source-Aaj Tak

Click here to read a free excerpt from his five part autobiography, Meri Jivan Yatra

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