Rajasthani Writer Vijaydan Detha passes away

Rajasthani Writer Vijaydan Detha passes away. Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha, who gave a modern touch and identity to folk tales of the colourful desert state, died in Borunda village today following a cardiac arrest. Detha, 87, is survived by three sons and a daughter. "He fondly documented them and converted them into the form of stories", said Vinod Vithall, a close associate.
Vijaydan Detha ( 01 September 1926-10 November 2013) also known as Bijji was a noted writer from Rajasthan and a recipient of Padma Shri award. He was also recipient of several other awards such as Sahitya Akademi Award and Sahitya Chudamani Award. He has more than 800 short stories which are translated into English and other languages. He was co-founder of Rupayan Sansthan with late Komal Kothari, an institute that documents Rajasthani folk-lore, arts and music. His literary works include Bataan ri Phulwari (garden of tales), a fourteen volume collection of stories that draws on folk-lore and spoken dialects of Rajasthan. His stories and novels have been adapted for many plays and movies including Habib Tanvir's Charandas Chor'Prakash Jha's "Parinati" and Amol Palekar’s Paheli. 'Paheli', a movie based on his story "Duvidha", was the last film based on his works.
Book in Hindi:
Usha, 1946, poetry
Bapu ke teen hatyare, 1948, critics
Column in Jwala Weekly, 1949–1952
Sahitya aur samaj, 1960, essays
Anokha Ped, illustrated children's stories, 1968
Phoolwari, Hindi translation by Kailash Kabir, 1992
Chaudharain Ki Chaturai, short stories, 1996
Antaral, 1997, short stories
Sapan Priya, 1997, short stories
Mero Darad Na Jane Koy, 1997, essays
Atirikta, 1997, critics
Mahamilan, novel, 1998
Priya Mrinal, short stories, 1998
Book in Rajasthani:
Batan Ri Phulwari, vol. 1-14, 1960–1975, folk lores
Prerana co-edited with Komal Kothari, 1953
Soratha, 1956–1958
Parampara , edited three special issues - Folk songs, Gora Hatja, Jethava Ra
Rajasthani Lokgeet, folk songs of Rajasthan, six volumes, 1958
Tido Rao, first pocket book in Rajasthani, 1965
Uljhan,1984, novel
Alekhun Hitler, 1984, short stories
Roonkh, 1987
Kaboo Rani, 1989, children's stories


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