A commemorative postage stamp on Krishan Chander Chopra, an Indian Urdu-Hindi writer of short stories and novels [a part of the series ‘Eminent Writers‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on May 31, 2017
Issued for : To commemorate the spirit and role of Literature in the society, the Department of Posts is bringing out 5 stamps, and one Miniature Sheet on 5 authors.
Stamps/Miniature Sheet/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Sh. Brahm Prakash
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 1000 Paise
Stamps Printed : 301590
Miniature Sheet Printed : 0.1 million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Krishan Chander Chopra
Born on 23 Nov, 1914 at Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
Died on 8 Mar, 1977 at Mumbai, India
- Literature is one of the major contributory factors in the nation building. It acts a cultural binding force and works as an evocative medium to boost up the moral of the people in the times of crises. Literature is the vehicle through which people’s culture is transmitted. Department of Posts is bringing stamps on five such authors who have contributed significantly in this arena.
- Krishan Chander is considered as one of the great pillars of the Progressive Writers’ Association and one of the leading short story writers of the Indian subcontinent in the second half of the 20th century. Krishan Chander belonged to a family originally hailing from Wazirabad, now in Pakistani Punjab. He was born in Bharatpur, Rajasthan in 1914. His father was a doctor, who later shifted to Jammu and Kashmir as physician of Maharaja of Poonch. His work “Mitti ke Sanam” recounts his childhood memories of Kashmir. Krishan Chander not only produced an astonishing oeuvre of about 30 collections of short stories and 20 novels, but was also a brilliant essayist and involved in the film industry.
- Chander was also one of those few to realise the progressive ideals in literature. He believed in the ascendancy of a socialist society and throughout his life dedicated his efforts to help the marginalised, the peasants and the workers, as well as writers and artists.
- Krishan Chander’s creative life can be understood as having passed through three phases. In 1939 he was in the grip of romantic ideas; from 1940 onwards he makes it a priority to encapsulate the realities of life in his work and from 1945, he begins to be influenced by the great wars of national liberation against colonialism in India and across the world.
- He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1969 as the most respected and eminent Urdu writer. He was also honoured with ‘Soviet land Nehru Award’ by then Soviet Government for his contribution to literature. He passed away on 8th March 1977 in Mumbai.
- Text : Based on the material available on internet.