06-Apr-2017 08:18 PM
Madan Soni (b.1951) has published a number of books on literary criticism, including: Kavita ka Vyom aur Vyom ki Kavita, a critical study of the Post- 60’s Hindi poetry; Vishyanter, a collection of critical essays; Kathapurush, a critical study of Nirmal Verma’s fiction; and Utpreksha, a collection of critical essays. He has edited an anthology of Hindi love poetry called Prem ke Roopak, a selection of Ashok Vajpeyi’s poems, a collection of three poets’ works called Hona Shuru Hona, and “Poorvagrah,” a quarterly magazine of literary criticism published by Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. In addition, Mr. Soni has translated several texts from English to Hindi/Bundeli, some of which are Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht), Yerma (Lorca), Narrow Road to the Deep North (Edward Bond), Representations of the Intellectual (E. W. Said), The Name of the Rose (Umberto Ecco), and numerous other theoretical writings by authors like Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard, Frederic Nietzsche, Octavio Paz, and so on. Based on his extensive work Mr. Soni has been honoured with many awards, including the Nand Dulare Vajpeyi Puraskar, Devi Shankar Awasthi Puraskar, and Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India. He was also the first recipient of the prestigious Devi Shankar Awasthi Award. Madan Soni retired as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. He lives in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.