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Hindi Poetry Podcasts

A curated episode list by
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Creation Date May 6th, 2021
Updated Date Updated November 15th, 2021
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A curated list of Hindi poetry podcasts
  1. You can read the full script of this episode on Madhushala Blog here.  In the previous episode, we discussed the story behind the name “Harivansh Rai” and of a bad experience Bachchan had as a kid for being a Kayasth, and how this experience im
  2. In the previous episode, we shared the story of ‘Chamma’ (Lachhminiya aka Chamarin Amma), who was she to newly born Harivansh Rai and what effect she had on his poetry, written much later. There was another story of Bachchan’s birth in ‘Mool Na
  3. In the previous episode, we shared a ‘shayarana’ banter between Ghalib, Iqbal, Faraz, et al. We also discussed the story of Professor Amarnath Jha, who was a mentor to Dr Bachchan and how he had decided about his last rituals even when he was a
  4. Year 1935 – it was quite a struggle to publish Madhushala for the first time. Abhyuday Press where Bachchan Ji used to work, was dilly dallying for a year, so Bachchan had to take the matter in his own hands – using all possible resources at hi
  5. Circa 1938 – Bachchan Ji was in Indore for a Kavi Sammelan, where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the guest of honor. Somebody complained to Gandhi that Madhushala is a drunkard's poetry. Bachchan was terrified when Gandhi summoned him. Gandhi a
  6. Circa 1934 – Madhushala was heavily criticized in its initial days thanks to its general perception as an ode to liquor. Ramvriksha Verma ‘Benipuri’ of Yogi weekly magazine even threatened to shoot him if Bachchan ever came to Patna. Bachchan n
  7. December 1933 - the very first public recitation of Madhushala, at Shivaji Hall – Kashi University and the magical effect it had on the audience. First day was common for several poets but by the end of the day, Madhushala became such a rage th
  8. You can read the full script on my blog by clicking here. December 1933 - the very first public recitation of Madhushala, at Shivaji Hall – Kashi University and the magical effect it had on the audience. First day was common for several poets b
  9. In 1954, when Bachchan ji landed in Mumbai after sailing for 18 days on his return journey from London, there was a Kavi Goshthi organized in his honor. He was asked to recite some poems, but he recited a fun parody instead, rhyming with the na
  10. You can read the full script on my blog by clicking here. What is Madhushala really? What inspired Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan to write Madhushala? Why did it become so controversial? Was it a copy of Rubaaiyat -e- Umar Khayyam? We answer all the

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