Acharya Kuber Nath Rai Essayist
Acharya Kuber Nath Rai (March 26, 1933-June 5, 1996) was a writer and scholar of Hindi Literature and Sanskrit. He was born in Matsa village, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh in a Brahmin of bhumihar Brahmin clan family. He got his education from Banaras Hindu University and Calcutta University. From 1958 to 1986 he was in Nalbari College, Assam as a Lecturer in English Department. From 1986 to 1995 he was in Swami Sahajanand Saraswati PG College, Ghazipur, UP as a Principal. He got the Moortidevi Award from Bharatiya Jnanpith and many awards from UP, WB and Assam Government. Kuber Nath Rai is one of the writers who dedicated themselves entirely to the form of essay-writing. His collections of essays Gandha Madan, Priya neel-kanti, Ras Aakhetak, Vishad Yog, Nishad Bansuri, Parna mukut have enormously enriched the form of essay. A scholar of Indian culture and western literature, he was proud of Indian heritage. His love for natural beauty and Indian folk literatures and preference for agricultural society over the age of machines, his romantic outlook, aesthetic sensibility, his keen eye on contemporary reality and classical style place him very high among contemporary essayists in Hindi.