(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 05, 2011
Writers Pay Homage to Prof Chandrabali Singh
The condolence meeting was organised by the Janvadi Lekhak Sangh (JLS), of which the departed Professor Singh was the founder general secretary and later its president.
Murli Manohar Prasad Singh, general secretary of the JLS, and then
Mishra recalled their association with late Professor Chandrabali Singh
Dr Vishwanath Tripathi underlined the latter’s contribution to the
movement in the country. Renowned Hindi writer Rajendra Yadav recalled
when Professor Chandrabali Singh and late Dr Ram Vilas Sharma were
Ms Ramanika Gupta, a noted writer, and NCP general secretary D P Tripathi also paid homage to Professor Singh. Ashoka Chakradhar paid him tributes on behalf of the Hindi Academy of Delhi and Central Hindi Institute. Others to speak on the occasion were Bhagwan Singh and Shivmangal Siddhantkar, while JLS treasurer Javari Mall Parekh recalled his association with Professor Chandrabali Singh since the formation of the JLS in early 1982.
In his address on the occasion, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat appreciated Professor Singh’s unshakable ideological commitment and his work as an active Marxist. He also recalled his association with the departed JLS functionary for the last three decades.
Pranay Krishna, general secretary of Jan Sanskriti Manch, (JSM) stressed the inspiration provided by Professor Singh to the JLS, PWA and JSM for united actions. He said a united front of these organisations would be the real tribute to the departed leader.
Tewari, newly elected vice president of the
Apart from Suneet Chopra of All India Agricultural Workers Union, Sudhanwa Deshpande of Jan Natya Manch and dalit authoress Sushila Takaure also paid homage to Professor Singh.
director of Vani Prakashan, sent his message of condolence, through his
daughter Aditi, from a hospital where he was admitted. Professor Vibha
head of the Department of Germanic & Romance Studies in
JLS action president Zubair Razvi paid the departed leader homage on behalf of his organisation while Professor Namwar Singh recalled his days with Professor Chandrabali Singh in Benaras.
JLS general secretary Chanchal Chauhan read the condolence message on behalf of all the writers present in the meeting, followed by two minutes of silence in memory of the departed leader.
It will be
Chandrabali Singh, who was born in Ranipur
When the Janvadi Lekhak Sangh (JLS) was formed in 1982, Bhairav Prasad Gupta was elected its president and Chandrabali Singh its general secretary. He latter became its president.
Apart from penning two books of literary criticism, Chandrabali Singh wrote a weekly column on literature in Aaj, a Hindi daily from Benaras. While he contributed numerous articles to various magazines, he also earned renown as a translator. His translations of poems by Pablo Neruda, Nazim Hikmat, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson were much appreciated. Unfortunately, thousands of pages of his translations, covering poems by Brecht, Mayakovsky and other poets still remain unpublished.
All the entries on English literature in the encyclopaedia published by Nagari Pracharini Sabha were written by Professor Chandrabali Singh.
He joined the Communist Party at a very early age and sided with the CPI(M) after the split in the party. His ideological steadfastness and commitment to the cause of the exploited masses have made his demise a big loss to the democratic cultural movement.