DR. MAHENDRA BHATNAGAR
Dr. Mahendra Bhatnagar's is one of the significant post-independence voices in Hindi and Indian English Poetry, expressing the lyricism and pathos, aspirations and yearnings of the modern Indian intellect. Rooted deep into the Indian soil, his poems reflect not only the moods of a poet but of a complex age.
Born in Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) at maternal grandfather's residence on 26 June 1926; 6 a.m.
Primary education in Jhansi, Morar (Gwalior) and Sabalgarh (Morena); Matric (1941) from High School, Morar (Gwalior); Inter (1943) from Madhav College, Ujjain; B.A. (1945) from Victoria College, - at present, Maharani Laxmi Bai College - Gwalior; M. A. (1948) and Ph.D. (1957) in Hindi from Nagpur University; L.T. (1950 ; Madhya Bharat Govt.)
Places of work — Bundelkhand, Chambal region and Malwa.
High School Teacher from July 1945. Retired as Professor on 1 July 1984 (M.P. Govt. Educational service).
Selected once for the post of Professor of Hindi Language & Literature, in Tashkent University, U.S.S.R. (1978) by UGC & ICCR (NEW DELHI)
Principal Investigator (U.G.C. / Jiwaji University, Gwalior) from 1984 to 1987.
Professor in the IGNOU Teaching Centre of Jiwaji University, Gwalior in 1992.
Worked as Chairman \ Member of various committees in Indore University, Vikram University, Ujjain & Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra.
Worked as a member in the managing committees of 'Gwalior Shodh Sansthan', 'Madhya Pradesh Hindi Granth Academy' & 'Rashtra-Bhasha Prachar Samiti, Bhopal'.
From time to time, poems included in various Text-Books of curricula of Educational Boards & Universities of India.
Worked as one of the members in the Audition Committees of Drama / Light Music of All India Radio (Akashvani) - Stations Indore and Gwalior. Contracted Song-Writer of All India Radio \ For all Radio Stations (Light Music Section). Broadcast many poems, talks and other programmes from Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior and New Delhi (National Channels) Radio Stations.
Conducted and directed many literary societies in Ujjain, Dewas, Dhar, Mandsaur and Gwalior.
Appointed as one of the Award-Judges by 'Bihar Rashtra-Bhasha Parishad, Patna' (1981 & 1983), 'Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow' (1983), 'Rajasthan Sahitya Akademi, Udaipur' (1991,1993,1994) & 'Hindi Sahitya Parishad, Ahmedabad, Gujrat (2001).
Poems translated, published and broadcast in many foreign and Indian languages.
Eleven volumes of poems in English :
 ‘Forty Poems of Mahendra Bhatnagar’ [Selected Poems — 1]
 'After The Forty Poems' [Selected Poems — 2]
 ‘Dr. Mahendra Bhatnagar’s Poetry.’ [Selected Poems — 3]
 'Exuberance and other poems.
 ‘Death Perception : Life Perception’
 'Passion and Compassion'
 'Poems : For A Better World'
 'A Handful Of Light'
 New Enlightened World
 Dawn to Dusk
Distinguished Anthologies :
 ENGRAVED ON THE CANVAS OF TIME
[Poems of social harmony & humanism : realistic & visionary aspects.]
 LIFE : AS IT IS
[Poems of faith & optimism : delight & pain. Philosophy of life.]
 O, MOON, MY SWEET-HEART!
 DEATH AND LIFE
[Poems on Death-perception : Life-perception & Critical Study]
One volume of translated poems in French ('A Modern Indian Poet : Dr. Mahendra Bhatnagar : Un Poèt Indien Et Moderne'.)
Works published in seven volumes in Hindi - three of Poems (comprising sixteen earlier collections), two of Critical articles, one on Premchand ( Research work) and one of Miscellaneous writings.
Published research & critical studies :
(1) Living Through Challenges : A Study of Dr. Mahendra Bhatnagar's Poetry
(2) Poet Mahendra Bhatnagar : His Mind And Art.
(3) Progressive Poet Mahendra Bhatnagar : His Concerns And Creation [forthcoming]
Received awards, four times ( 1952, 1958, 1960, 1985. ) from Madhya Bharat & Madhya Pradesh Govts.
Edited literary magazines 'Sandhya' (Monthly) and Pratikalpa' (Quarterly) from Ujjain