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Harivansh Rai Bachchan Birthday Special: Top 5 poems by legendary poet that lives in our heart rent-free

Due to his contributions to Hindi literature, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was honoured with the Padma Bhusan in 1976.
01:35 PM Nov 27, 2021 IST | APN Live

Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the Indian poet, has made major contributions to Hindi literature. Today is, Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s 114th birth anniversary. This maestro was also the father of Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan.


Born in an Awadhi Hindu family, Harivansh Rai married a social activist Teji Bachchan. The couple became parents to 2 sons Amitabh Bachchan and Ajitabh Bachchan. He is best known for his 142 verse lyrical poem Madhusala (The house of Wine) that came out in 1935.

In 1941, Harivansh Rai joined the English Department of Allahabad University as a faculty. He later went to Cambridge for 2 years to pursue his doctoral thesis on WB Yeats and occultism. He became the second Indian to get a PhD in English literature from the university.


Later, in 1969, the poet published the first of his four-part autobiography Kya Bhoolon Kya Yaad Karoon. The second part Neend Ka Nirmaan Fir came out in 1970, the third part Basere Se door in 1977 and the final and fourth part Dashdwaar Se Sopaan Tak in 1985.

Here are some top poems of Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Due to his contributions to Hindi literature, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was honoured with the Padma Bhusan in 1976. On the occasion of Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s 114th birth anniversary, here are some popular poems by the legendary Hindi poet


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Madiralaya jane ko ghar se

Chalta hai peene wala

Kis path se jaun?

Asmanjas mein hai who bhola-bhaala

Alag-alag path batlaate sab,

Par main yah batlaata hun-

Raah pakad tu ek chala chal,

Paa jayega madhushala

Ruke Na Tu

Dhanush utha, prahaar kar

Tu sabse pehla vaar kar

Agni si dhadhak-dhadhak

Hiran si sajag-sajag

Singh si dahaad kar

Shankh si pukaar kar

Ruke na tu, thake na tu

Jhuke na tu, thame na tu

Kya Karu Samveda Lekar Tumhari

Main dukhi jab-jab hua

Samvedna tumne dikhai

Main kritagya hua hamesha

Reet dono ne nibhai

Kintu iss abhaar ka ab

Ho chuka hai bojh bhaari

Kya karu samvedna lekar tumhari

Kya karu?


Tu na thakega kabhi,

Tu na thamega kabhi,

Tu na mudega kabhi,

Kar shapath, kar shapath, kar shapath,

Agneepath, agneepath, agneepath

The great poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan is no more with us, but his captivating poems will be always in our hearts. The legendary Indian Cinema actor, Amitabh Bachchan shared an unseen picture of his late father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, on his 114th birthday, in his remembrance.

The moment you will open Amitabh Bachchan’s twitter handle, you will see a poem in his bio section. The poem says, Humne tumhe pooj-pooj kar patthar kar dala, ve jo hum par jumle kaste hain, hume zinda toh samhajte hain.

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