a magazine of jansamvedna and Hindi literature of 21st century
Ganga Prasad Vimal is known as father of “Akahani” revolution in Hindi literature. Besides that he is a famous poet, story writer, novelist and translator. Ganga Prasad Vimal was born in 1939 in Uttarkashi, a Himalayan town in Uttarakhand state. His personality is full of simplicity, expansion and purity like the Himalayas. In most of his writings he has shown his concern towards saving Himalayas and nearby regions and preserving trees as if preserving these would preserve his personality. And for this he has been working continuously from time to time. He was educated in Garhwal, Rishikesh, Allahabad, Yamunanagar and Punjab. He secured top grades, creating a record in his Masters examination and was awarded University Fellowship of Punjab University. Because of being very talented and creative since his childhood, he got expertize in many literary and administrative fields. In 1963 he started teaching in Summer School of Linguistics, Osmania University, Hyderabad. In 1965 he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy working on an inter-disciplinary subject.. In the same year he got married to Kamlesh Anamika on February 05, 1965. He has a son Ashish (Born in 1969) and a daughter Kanupriya (1965).
After short stint as a freelance writer, he edited the weekly 'Deshsewa' besides actively engaging himself in student politics.
Dr. Vimal worked as Research Fellow for three years from 1961 to 1964 at Punjab University. He taught Hindi language and literature from 1962 to 1964 in the same university. He worked as Research Supervisor for many research students at Jakir Hussain College, Delhi University from 1964 to 1989. He was appointed as Director of Central Hindi Directorate (Department of Education) in 1989 and he worked there up to 1997. Besides this he worked for many projects related to dictionaries and material related to knowledge of languages. He also worked in many government organizations and committees which decide act and policies related to Indian languages. He worked as Professor at Indian Language Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 1999 to 2004. From 1999 to 2000 he was the Head of the Department. During this period he was Mphil and PhD guide of many students.
Dr. Vimal was interested in creative writing since the beginning because of which he wrote many books. He has written seven poetry collections, four novels and eleven story collections. He has translated five books in English. He translated around fifteen books from other languages including poems, stories and novels. He gave speeches in many countries related to his research work. He received many awards and honors in many countries for literature and culture mainly Poetry People Prize (1978); Diploma from Art University, Rome (1979); Gold Medal, National Museum of Literature, Sofia (1979); Dinkar Award from government of Bihar (1987); International Open Scottish Poetry Prize (1988) and Indian Language Award,[ Bhartiya Bhasha Parsishad (1992). He has read many research papers which includes reading of his stories on BBC London and poetry reading on All India Radio.
Curriculum Vitae: Hindi
Gaurav Kumar has PhD degree in Computational Biology from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and MS degree in Computational Biology from National Center for Biological Sciences (a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Bangalore, India. He has worked as a PERL Web Developer at Genseq, Cyberjaya, Malaysia and as a PERL Software Developer at Biobase, Bangalore, India. He has been Research Student at University College Dublin, Ireland for one year where he used to program in Python. Currently he is doing research in the field of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia since 2007. He has travelled to many countries including Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Currently he is working as Associate Professor at Center for Biomarker Research and Personalized Medicine, Virgina, USA.
He is deeply attached with his mother tongue "Hindi", despite pursuing his career in Science. Hindi is not only a language for him but it is also a way how he expresses himself. He thinks this is true for every language which is native to someone. Any Language evolves with time. To understand the cultural changes in any society, one needs to carefully archive the thoughts of people which are often expressed in their native language, thus India's soul lies in Hindi. Understanding of Hindi as a language is very important to unite people and India as a whole. It is sad that the present generation is neglecting the importance of Hindi. Moreover millions of Indians are staying outside India. Non-residential Indians find their sense of belonging to Indian culture by watching Bollywood movies. Cinema is not a symbol for being Indian rather it is a recorder. Whenever anyone communicates in their native language it makes feel like in home. So, Understanding of Hindi among NRI gives belongingness to their Indian culture. Moreover, it is also needed in India where people speak so many languages; effective communication is the first step towards reducing internal conflicts and maintaining communal and regional harmony. This contributes to the development of India.