A commemorative postage stamp on Shrilal Shukla, an Indian Hindi writer [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 : Sri Lal Sukla
Born on 31 Dec, 1925 at Atrauli, Aligarh district, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died on 28 Oct, 2011 at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 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.
- The stamp is being brought out on Pandit Shrilal Shukla. Born on 31 December 1925 in Atrauli, Uttar Pradesh, Shrilal Shukla was a famous Hindi writer, notable for his satire. He has written over 25 books, including Raag Darbari, Makaan, Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj, Pehla Padaav and Bisrampur Ka Sant. He worked as a Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officer for the state government of Uttar Pradesh, later inducted into the IAS.
- Shukla has highlighted the falling moral values in the Indian society in the post-independence era through his novels. His writings expose the negative aspects of life in rural and urban India in a satirical manner. His best known work Raag Darbari has been translated into English and 15 Indian languages. It is one of those books whose popularity and literary status continues to go up and up with the passage of time. A television serial based on this continued for several months on the national network in the 1980s. It is a little-known fact that he also wrote a detective novel entitled Aadmi Ka Zahar which was serialised in the weekly magazine ‘Hindustan’.
- Shukla received the Jnanpith Award, the highest Indian literary award, in 2011. His first major award was the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Raag Darbari in 1969. He received the Vyas Samman award in 1999 for the novel Bisrampur Ka Sant. In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian literature and culture. He passed away on 28 October 2011.
- Text : Based on the material available on internet.