The author of the Padma Shri Giriraj Kishore award dies

KANPUR: Veteran writer and academic Giriraj Kishore died Sunday at his residence here after a prolonged illness. He was 82 years old.

A winner with Padma Shri, Giriraj had written 'Pahla Girmitiya'.

The prime minister condemned the death of the acclaimed author.

Through works such as 'Dhaai Ghar' and 'Pahla Girmitiyaa', he had enriched the world of literature. He was also honored. His death has left an irreparable void in Hindi literature, he said in a statement.

Giriraj was born in Uttar Pradesh in 1937. His father was an owner, but due to his socialist principles and lack of interest in the Zamindari system, he left his home at an early age and became a Gandhian.

He completed his master's degree in social work, Agra.

Shortly after completing his master's degree, he became an employment assistant in Allahabad.

Giriraj also worked as a registrar for the Kanpur Indian Institute of Technology and a registration assistant for Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University. He retired from IIT-Kanpur in 1997.

He was previously a member of the working committee of the Sahitya Academy and the Railroad Board.