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Who was Mannu Bhandari?

Mannu Bhandari (3 April 1931 – 15 November 2021) was an Indian author, whose work dates up to late 1950s – early 1960s. She was most known for her two Hindi novels, Banti and Mahabhoj

She was often credited as one of the pioneers of the Nayi Kahaani Movement, a Hindi literary movement initiated by authors including Nirmal Verma, Rajendra Yadav, Bhisham Sahni, Kamleshwar, etc. Starting in the 1950s, a newly independent India was going through societal transformations like urbanization and industrialization.

This demanded new debates, new opinions, and new points of view, provided by those part of the Nayi Kahaani movement, including Bhandari. Narratives and stories mostly dealt with the relationship between sexes, gender inequality, and equality as a new class of working and educated women had emerged then.

Renowned novelist Mannu Bhandari dies at 90

Renowned novelist Mannu Bhandari dies at 90
Renowned novelist Mannu Bhandari dies at 90

Renowned author Mannu Bhandari died on Monday, ANI reported. She was 90. Bhandari was unwell and was being treated at a hospital in Haryana’s Gurugram city, her daughter Rachna Yadav said.

Bhandari was born in Bhanpura city of Madhya Pradesh in 1931 and grew up in Rajasthan’s Ajmer. Her father Sukhsampat Rai was a freedom fighter, who worked on English to Hindi and English to Marathi dictionaries.

Some of Bhandari’s notable works include Mahabhoj (1979), Ek Plate Sailab (1962), Yehi Sach Hai aur Anya Kahaniya (1966), Teen Nigahen Ek Tasveer (1969), and Trishanku (1999).

“The quiet heroism of her battle, the odds against women in a hyper-patriarchal society, the small victories of self-assertion and independence, sparkle in her stories and give them resonance even with the passage of time,” writer Namita Gokhale had said in an article for

Bhandari was also one of the key members of the Nayi Kahani movement of Hindi literature.

“The ‘Nayi Kahani’ movement mirrored the angst of the new and emergent middle classes, and the conflicts that arose as they struggled for a contested individualism, and the right to articulate their hopes and desires,” Gokhale had said in the the article.

Mannu Bhandari Biography, Wiki

Manu Bhandari was born on 3 April 1931 in Bhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, and raised in Ajmer, Rajasthan. She was born to Sukhsampat Rai Bhandari who was a freedom fighter and social reformer and the producer of the first English to Hindi and English to Marathi dictionaries. She is the youngest among five of her siblings.

She completed her initial education in Ajmer and then completed her graduation from Calcutta Unversity and received an MA degree in Hindi language and literature. She started working as a lecturer of Hindi in Calcutta and later teach Hindi literature at the University of Delhi.

She was married to a Hindi author and editor Rajendra Yadav. Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with his family. We hope that the pure soul will rest in peace.

Mannu Bhandari Biography Wikipedia
Mannu Bhandari
Born3 April 1931
Bhanpura, Indore State, British India
Died15 November 2021 (aged 90)
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Spouse(s)Rajendra Yadav

Mannu Bhandari Career

Mannu Bhandari began her career as a Hindi Professor. From 1952-1961 she taught at Kolkatta’s Baliganj Shiksha Sadan, 1961-1965 at Kolkata’s Rani Birla College, 1964-1991 at Miranda House College, Delhi University and from 1992-1994 she chaired the directorship at Ujjain’s Premchand Srijanpith, in Vikram University.

In 2008, Bhandari was honored with the Vyas Samman, instituted by the K K Birla Foundation for her autobiography Ek Kahaani Yeh Bhi. This award is given every year for outstanding literary achievements in Hindi.

Her works reflect the changing moods of society, as they shape and mold her writing and subject matter. Modernism, prevailing social issues and transformations, contemporary social situations, daily struggles of an individual have all played a part in impacting and influencing Bhandari’s works.

Bhandari’s first novel, Ek Inch Muskaan, was published in 1961. It was co-authored with her husband, the writer, and editor Rajendra Yadav. The story was conceived by Bhandari and involved a romance between a man and two women. Yadav contributed the title, and they wrote the dialogues for the male and female characters respectively.

She followed with her first individually published piece of writing, a story titled Main Haar Gayi (I’ve Lost) in 1957. Her second novel, Aap Ka Bunty (Your Bunty) portrayed the collapse of a marriage through the eyes of a child, the titular Bunty, whose parents ultimately divorce and remarry other people. Published to great acclaim, the novel has been described as a ‘milestone and a turning point in Hindi literature’.

It has been translated widely, including into French, Bengali, and English. This story was later adapted to a highly popular and successful play and was performed all over the nation, including at the (Bharat Rang Mahotsav) (National Theatre Festival), in New Delhi.

In Yahi Sach Hai (This is Truth) Bhandari wrote about a woman attempting to choose between her two loves; one from her past and one from her present. Her novel, ‘Mahabhoj’ (1979) highlights the struggles and battles of a common man constantly getting sucked into the bureaucratic corruption endemic to India. Other stories and novels include Ek Plate Sailab (1962), Teen Nigahon Ki Ek Tasvir, Trishanku, and Aankhon Dekha Jhooth.

Bhandari, along with her husband, Rajendra Yadav, as well as other writers in Hindi, including Krishna Sobti, were key figures in the Hindi literary movement called Nayi Kahani (New Story). Their approach was focused on real-life experiences in opposition to the structured, romantic style of their predecessors.

Critic and writer R.S. Singh has noted on an assessment of Bhandari’s oeuvre that her “…forte is the middle-class woman seeking emancipation from social and moral conservatism in order to develop her personality on an equal footing with man’s, and thus make her existence meaningfully significant.”Her portrayal of female characters, use of irony, and symbolism have won critical acclaim.

In addition to her own fiction, Bhandari has written screenplays for adaptations of two of her own works; for the film Rajnigandha (adapted from her story, Yahi Sach Hai) and Jeena Yahan. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Swami, which was based on a novel by Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya.

Mannu Bhandari Husband

Indian Author Manu Bhandari was married to Rajendra Yadav.

Mannu Bhandari Awards and Achievements

  • Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan (Uttar Pradesh Hindi Institute) for Mahabhoj 1980-1981
  • Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad (Indian Language Council), Kolkatta, 1982
  • Kala-Kunj Samman (award), New Delhi, 1982
  • Bhartiya Sanskrit Sansad Katha Samaroh ( Indian Sanskrit narrative function), Kolkatta, 1983
  • Bihar Rajya Bhasha Parishad (Bihar State Language Council), 1991
  • Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2001–02
  • Maharashtra Rajya Hindi Sahitya Akademi (Maharashtra State Hindi Literature Akademi), 2004
  • Hindi Academy, Dilli Shalaka Samman, 2006–07
  • Madhya Pradesh Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (Madhya Pradesh Hindi Literature Conference), Bhavbhuti Alankaran, 2006–07
  • K. K. Birla Foundation presented her with the 18th Vyas Samman for her work, Ek Kahani Yeh Bhi, an autobiographical novel.

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Who was Mannu Bhandari?

Mannu Bhandari (3 April 1931 – 15 November 2021) was an Indian author, whose work dates up to late 1950s – early 1960s. She was most known for her two Hindi novels, Banti and Mahabhoj

How old was Mannu Bhandari?

Born on 3rd April 1931, Mannu Bhandari died at the age of 91.

Who was Mannu Bhandari’s husband?

Indian Author Mannu Bhandari was married to Rajendra Yadav.

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