Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today expressed his deep condolences on the sad demise of poet, literary giant and journalist Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi.
Padmasri awardee and First Chairperson of Chhattisgarh Rajya Bhasha Ayog (Official Language Commission) Mr. Chaturvedi passed away at a private hospital in his home town Bilaspur today morning.
In a condolence message released Dr. Raman Singh mentioned that with the demise of Pandit Chaturvedi, Golden Era in journalism and literature had come to an end. Chief Minister is in New Delhi.
As soon as Chief Minister received the sad news he contacted his son Mr. Suryakant Chaturvedi in Bilaspur and expressed his deep sympathies.
Chief Minister said that Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi in his seven- decade long career had enriched the Chhattisgarhi and Hindi literature with his brilliant writings and illuminated the folk culture and folk literature. Dr. Raman Singh said that Chaturvedi’s contributions to the fields of Chhattisgarh literature and cultural history will be remembered forever.
Chief Minister expressed his deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
It may be mentioned here that Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi was honoured with Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Rajya Alankaran on the occasion of ‘Rajyotsav’ in 2004. He was awarded ‘Padmasri’ by the Union Government on 02 April this year in New Delhi.
President Mr. Ramnath Kovind in the presence of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had felicitated Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi with ‘Padmasri’ in New Delhi.
Pandit Chaturvedi was born at village Kotmi Sonar near Akaltara in the then district Bilaspur in the year 1926. He was sarpanch of Kotmi Sonar gram panchayat. He also worked as a journalist in various renowned newspapers at Bilaspur. He worked for the prohibition of liquor. The State Government had awarded ‘Best Panchayat ‘ award to the gram panchayat in the then undivided Bilaspur district. He had started wearing khadi under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi.
He passed M.A. privately. His writings ‘Bholwa Bholaram Banis’ and ‘Parra Bar Lahee’ are among the most popular. He received many prestigious awards during the course of his illustrious career spanning several decades.