A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Kamta Prasad Guru, an Indian Hindi grammarian :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 25, 1977
Issued for : The Posts and Telegraphs Department feels privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of this great literary figure.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Brown
Denomination : 25 Paise
Overall size : 3.34 X 2.88 cms.
Printing size : 2.987 X 2.524 cms.
Perforation : 14 X 13½
Watermark : Asoka Pillar watermarked paper
Number printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 42
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
Name : Kamta Prasad Guru
Born on Dec 25, 1875 at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died on Nov 16, 1947 at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
- Kamta Prasad Guru was born on December 25, 1875 in Sagar (Madhya Pradesh). From the very beginning of his career he had great liking and aptitude for language and literature. After passing the matriculation examination at the age of 17, he joined the Education Department as an Assistant Master and retired from the Government Service as a teacher in 1928. Kamta Prasad Guru served the cause of Hindi literature in its varied branches. He was a close friend of Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi at whose request he assumed the editorship of the well-known Hindi monthly magazine ‘Saraswati‘ and the children’s magazine ‘Balasakha‘ for a brief spell. Most of his famous poems, essays and articles were published in ‘Saraswati‘. Among his published works, Sudarshan (drama), Satya–Prem (short novel), Parvati aur Yashoda (translation from Oriya) and Hindustani Shishtachar deserve special mention. However, the literary fame of Kamta Prasad Guru rest on his immortal work in the field of Hindi grammar. He is called the ‘Panini of Hindi‘. He worked for several years to complete the great task of compiling this magnum opus on Hindi Grammar. For a comparative study of grammars of other Indian languages, he studied and mastered Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Urdu and English. His Hindi grammar has also been translated into foreign languages.
- Kamta Prasad Guru died in Jabalpur on November 16, 1947.