24 January, 2021

Trailings Of A Lonely Voice

Bhisham Sahni flies off like the Angel of History—sans sentimentality or messianism

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Trailings Of A Lonely Voice
Bhisham Sahni, the celebrated writer, was a man of many accomplishments and extreme modesty. He carried his numerous honours and awards with grace and lightness. He charmed everybody with his self-deprecating humour and a luminous smile that had its source in his guilelessness. His voice, both as a writer and a man, was serene and pure and resonant with humane reassurances. His immense popularity was not a result of any pandering to vulgar tastes but a reward for his literary merits—his sharp wit, his gentle irony, his all-pervasive humour, his penetrating insight into character, his mastery as raconteur, and his profound grasp of the yearnings of the human heart.

Bhisham Sahni won laurels as a novelist notably with Tamas and Mayyadas Ki Marhi; he made his mark as a playwright particularly with Hanoosh and Kabira Khada Bajaar Mein; he stood out as an actor even in his few brief appearances in films like Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho and Mr & Mrs Iyer; but he was at his best in his numerous ‘masterly brevities’, if I may use...



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