harivanshrai bachchan imageHarivansh Rai Shrivastav alias Bachchan (Hindi: हरिवंश राय बच्चन) (27 November 1907 – 18 January 2003), was a noted Indian poet of Chhayavaadliterary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature.

Born in a Srivastava Kayastha family, in the village of Babupatti (Raniganj) in the district of Pratapgarh ,he was also a famous poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He is best known for his early work Madhushala (मधुशाला). He is also the father of the noted Hindi film actor, Amitabh Bachchan. In 1976, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution to Hindi literature.

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