NEW DELHI: Noted Hindi writer Jnanpith award winner Krishna Sobti passed away on Friday morning after a prolonged illness. She was 93. The writer had been in hospital for nearly two months and her condition had deteriorated in the last few weeks, said her close friends.
Born on February 18, 1925, Sobti was known as a bold and fearless writer. Some of her most acclaimed works include Zindaginama, Mitro Marjani, Surajmukhi Andhere Ke, Dar se Bichudi, Tin Pahar, Dil-o-Danish, and Badalon ke Ghere.
She was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award in 1980 for Zindaginama and the Sahitya Akademi fellowship in 1996. She declined the Padma Bhushan, saying it was important for a writer to maintain a distance from the government.
Calling Sobti one of the most distinguished writers of modern India, K Sreenivasarao, Sahitya Akademi secretary said her works were like a “formidable mirror, reflecting the realities, the bare truth”.
Sobti’s latest novel was Channa, launched at New Delhi World Book Fair on January 11.
In fact, it was her first book written 60 years ago, but was never published earlier due to disagreements with the publishers, said Sukrita Paul Kumar, a poet and critic.
“She lit a flame of creativity and guarded it fiercely... She led a very fulfilling life,” said Kumar, also a close friend of Sobti.