Honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1976, Dr. Harivansh Rai Srivastav has been one of the most noted poets of the 20th century Hindi literature.

Born on this very day in 1907, in Allahabad, he was lovingly addressed as Bachchan by his family. He marvelled his way to Cambridge and became the second Indian to obtain a Cambridge English Literature doctorate. It was then, in his thesis on W. B. Yeats that he used Bachchan as his last name.

Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s most popular and highly appreciated work happens to be Madhushala. Haven’t we all been in awe of his son Amitabh Bachchan reciting those lines? Madhushala has 135 quatrains and was admired for its Sufi intonations.

On the birth anniversary of Bachchan Sahab, let us show you our favourite collection of pearls of Madhushala…



Dhutkara masjid ne mujhko kehkar hai peenewala,

Thukraya thakurdware ne dekh hatheli par pyala,

kaha thikana milta jag mein bhala abhage kaafir ko?

Sharansthal bankar na mujhe yadi apna leti madhushala.



Mere shav par vah roye, ho jiski aansu mein haala

Aah bhare wo, jo ho surbhit madira pi kar matwala,

De mujhko wo kaandha jinke pad mad dagmag hote ho

Aur jalu uss thor jaha par kabhi rahi ho madhushala.