Binod Bihari Verma

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Binod Bihari Verma
Dr Binod Bihari Verma, May 2000, Bhubaneswar
Dr Binod Bihari Verma, May 2000, Bhubaneswar
Born Binod Bihari Verma
(1937-12-03)3 December 1937
Baur, Darbhanga district, Bihar, India
Died 9 November 2003(2003-11-09) (aged 65)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Pen name Vinod, Vinod Gopal
Occupation Writer: novelist, short story, biography, research; medical doctor; armyman
Nationality Indian
Period 1965–2005
Genre Rural life, social justice, historical
Subject Genealogy, Folk songs, biography, Literary criticism
Notable works Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan
Spouse Pratibha Verma (1965 – till death)
Children 5: Two sons, Three daughters

Binod Bihari Verma (1937–2003) was a Maithili writer, doctor and member of the military. He is most noted for his pioneering work on Panjis, which are ancient genealogical charts, Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan. He is also known for his depiction of rural poor of the Mithila region in his writings. He worked as a medical officer in the Indian Army, as a lecturer in a Dental College, and as a private medical practitioner. He simultaneously carried on his literary works by independent publishing and in the magazines Mithila Mihir and Karnamrit. He had command over a number of languages including Urdu, Sanskrit, Odia, Assamese and Bengali and scripts of various Indian languages, such as old Maithili, Assamese, Gurmukhi, Odia and Nepali.

Biography

Early life and education

Binod Bihari Vema was born in Baur, Darbhanga district, Bihar on 3 December 1937 to Rameshwar Lal Das and Yogmaya Devi. His father was a freedom fighter, Gandhian and worker for the upliftment of the poor, and he inculcated these values in his children as well.[citation needed]

Verma attended primary school in the village of Rasiyari. He then travelled with his father and uncle as they were trying to spread Gandhi's message of achieving freedom through self-reliance and non-violence in the remote tribal areas of Chaibasa, Ranchi, and Singhbhum in South Bihar. He developed an empathy with the tribal children and an insight into the diversities of human nature.[citation needed]

Verma's education continued at the District School in Chaibasa, the missionary school of St. John's at Ranchi, and at Langat Singh College in Muzaffarpur. Subsequently, he joined the Darbhanga Medical College and graduated in 1962.[citation needed]

Army life

In 1962, during the Sino-Indian War, Verma joined the Indian Army. He was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in 1963 and served in areas such as Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Punjab, Assam and Goa.

Verma fought in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and in 1984 he took a permanent commission in the army. He was involved in Operation Bluestar in 1984 and the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka in 1988–1990, where he commanded the 404 Field Ambulance at Vavuniya. He took early retirement from active army service in 1990, partly disillusioned with the war in Sri Lanka.[citation needed]

Later life and death

Subsequent to his retirement, Verma settled in Bhubaneswar, Orissa where he started a clinical practice. Having long been involved in research and writing, it was in this period that he regularly published novels, biographies, and contributions to Maithili magazines. He taught Biochemistry in a dental college in Bhubaneswar.

In 1999 he was diagnosed as suffering from prostate cancer. He died on 9 November 2003 at Bangalore.[citation needed]

Writing

Early writings

Verma began writing stories and poems during his school days. These were autobiographical and observational, reflecting his life and the people whom he met. He also wrote poems which were patriotic and motivational. These works were published in various school magazines and occasionally in Mithila Mihir, a magazine whose audience was the Kayastha community.

He began contributing regularly to various other Maithili magazines. These depictions of rural life were published as a short story collection titled Balanak Bonihar O Pallavi. He also wrote a social novel, Nayanmani, which was initially published in serial format in Mithila Mihir.

Panjik sarvekshan

In 1973, he published his magnum opus, Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan. This work was a culmination of months of extensive research on the fast disappearing ancient genealogical charts. It remains the only surviving record of certain groups of Panjis which have now disappeared. In this work, his association with Radha Krishna Choudhary, came to the fore.

Later works

Subsequent to Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan, there came a long hiatus in his writing. He started again after his retirement from the Army. He published his previous works as collections. He also started contributing frequently to Karnamrit, a new Maithili magazine, as Mithila Mihir had ceased publication. He researched extensively on folks songs of Mithila, the life and contribution of George Abraham Grierson, the biography of Radha Krishna Choudhary, and the literary history of Maithili. These culminated in various articles in Karnamrit as well as various books.

Pen names

Family

Verma married Pratibha Verma on 4 July 1965. The couple had three daughters and two sons.

Major works

Articles on web

  • Maithili Language:An Introduction
  • Tradition of music in Mithilia

References

  1. ^ Lib.washington.edu[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Lib.washington.edu[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Loc.gov
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