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Theatre artists celebrate Munshi Premchand’s birthday in PREM UTSAV

Theatre artists celebrate Munshi Premchand’s birthday in PREM UTSAV

On the occasion of the 138th birthday of Hindi writer, Munsi Premchand, a drama academy is celebrating a 10-day festival- PREM UTSAV at Shakuntalam Studios in Mumbai. Started in 2006, Prem Utsav has already completed its 13 years. Out of 315 short stories written by the legendary Playwright, the group of theatre artists has already staged 311 of these. Designed and directed by Mujeeb Khan, this festival will be held from today till 9th August, 2018.
An Indian writer (novel writer, story writer and dramatist), Premchand was born in the year 1880 with the name Dhanpat Rai Srivastav, in the Lamhi village (near Varanasi). A famous writer of the early 20th century, he died at 8th of October in 1936 while serving the people with his great writings. He wrote his all writings with his pen name, Nawab Rai.
When he shifted to Hamirpur as a Sub-deputy Inspector of Schools in the year 1909, around 500 copies of Soz-e-Watan were burnt in a raid by the British collector. As a result, he had to alter his name from “Nawab Rai” to “Premchand”. His first name Munshi is an honorary prefix given by the society because of his quality and effective writings. As a Hindi writer, he wrote approximately a dozen novels, 250 short stories, numerous essays and translations (he translated a number of foreign literary works into the Hindi language).

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