Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand
Munshi Premchand

Biography of Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand, a Hindustani literature (Upanyas Samrat) and Indian writer (novel writer, story writer and dramatist), was born in the year 1880 at 31st of July in the Lamhi village (near Varanasi). He is the famous writer of the early 20th century. He got died at 8th of October in 1936 by serving the people with his great writings. The birth name of him is Dhanpat Rai Srivastav and pen name is Nawab Rai. He wrote his all writings with his pen name. Finally his name becomes changed to the Munshi Premchand. His first name Munshi is an honorary prefix given by his lovers in the society because of his quality and effective writings. As a Hindi writer he wrote approximately dozen novels, 250 short stories, numerous essays and translations (he translated a number of foreign literary works into the Hindi language).

His Early Life

After his birth he had grown in the Lamhi village in a big family. He was the 4th child of his father named Ajaib Lal (a post office clerk) and his mother named Anandi Devi (a housewife from Karauni village). He was loved too much by his grandfather named Gur Sahai Lal (a patwari means the village accountant) and his own parents that’s why he was named as Dhanpat Rai which means the master of wealth. He was also nicknamed by his uncle named Mahabir as a Nawab (which means Prince) which (Nawab Rai) he had chosen as the first pen name by him while writing.

He had started his early education at his 7 at a madarsa in the Lalpur village (around 2 and half km away from Lamahi) where he learned the Urdu and Persian languages by the maulvi. He lost his mother at his 8 because of the persistent illness and later his grandmother as well. He felt alone and his father got re-married with his step mother who later became his recurring theme in his works.

His Early Career

He developed a lot of interest in reading books after his mother’s death that’s why he did the job of book selling to a book wholesaler to get a chance to read more books. He took admission at a missionary school where he learnt English and read the George W. M. Reynolds’s eight-volume named The Mysteries of the Court of London. He was in Gorakhpur when he wrote his first literary writing. He always believed to write about the social realism in his Hindi literature and discuss the status of a woman in the society.

He got enrolled at the Queen’s College in the Benaras as a day scholar after the posting of his father to Jamniya in the mid-1890s. He was studying in the 9th standard when he got married at his 15 in the year 1895. The match was arranged by his maternal step-grandfather. His studies became discontinued after the death of his father in the year 1897 because of the long illness. He had started teaching tuition to the son of Banarasi advocate at 5 rupee monthly. Later he got the job of a teacher at 18 rupee monthly by the help of the missionary school headmaster in Chunar.

In the year 1900, he got the government job of an assistant teacher at the Government District School, Bahraich and started getting rupee 20/month. Around 3 years later he posted to the District School in Pratapgarh. He wrote his first short novel by the title of Asrar e Ma’abid means Devasthan Rahasya in Hindi language “The Mystery of God’s Abode”.


Later he moved to the Allahabad from Pratapgarh for the training purpose and afterward posted to Kanpur in the year 1905 where he met with the editor of the magazine Zamana named Daya Narain Nigam where he published his several articles and stories in the later years.

Because of the quarrels of his wife and step-mother, he was unhappy. His wife had tried committed suicide as he scolded her too much and became failed. Then she gone to her father’s home and never returned to him. He got married to the child widow named Shivarani Devi in the year 1906 and became the father of two sons named Sripat Rai and Amrit Rai. After his second marriage he faced several social oppositions. His wife wrote a book on him after his death named Premchand Ghar Mein means Premchand in House.

He published his first story named Duniya Ka Sabse Anmol Ratan in Zamana in the year 1907. In the same year he published his second short novel named Hamkhurma-o-Hamsavab. Another short novel is Kishna and stories are Roothi Rani, Soz-e-Watan and etc.

He was poted to Mahoba and then to Hamirpur as a Sub-deputy Inspector of Schools in the year 1909. Around 500 copies of Soz-e-Watan were burnt in a raid of British collector. Where he had to alter his name from “Nawab Rai” to “Premchand”. He had started writing in Hindi from 1914. The first Hindi writing Saut was published in the Saraswati magazine in the month of December in 1915 and Sapta Saroj in the month of June in 1917.

He got promoted as an Assistant Master at the Normal High School, Gorakhpur and posted to Gorakhpur in the month of August in 1916. At the Gorakhpur, he translated many books to Hindi. His first Hindi novel named Seva Sadan (original language was Urdu by the title Bazaar-e-Husn) was published in Hindi in the year 1919. He got promoted as a Deputy Inspectors of Schools in the year 1921 after completing his BA degree from Allahabad in 1919. He decided to resign the government job after attending the meeting at Gorakhpur on 8th February 1921 where Mahatma Gandhi asked people to join non-cooperation movement.

Career in Varanasi

He went back to Varanasi after leaving his job at 18th of March in 1921 and started focusing on his literary career. During this period he suffered financial problems and poor health till his death in 1936. He became successful in establishing his own printing press and publishing house in the Varanasi named Saraswati Press in the year 1923 where he published his writings Rangabhumi, Nirmala, Pratigya, Gaban, Hans, Jagaran.

Again he relocated to Kanpur in the year 1931 as a teacher in the Marwari College. After leaving the college he came back to Benares as an editor of the Maryada magazine. Where he had published the novel named Karmabhumi in the year 1932. Shortly he served as a headmaster at Kashi Vidyapeeth and later as an editor of the Madhuri magazine at Lucknow.

His Later Life till Death

He also had tried his career in the Hindi film industry at Bombay in the year 1934 and got a job for the script writing from the Ajanta Cinetone production house. He became successful in maintaining his family financial difficulties. He wrote the film script for the Mazdoor film by Mohan Bhawnani by staying in Dadar. He played a cameo role (leader of laborers) as well in the same film. He did not like the commercial film industry environment of the Bombay and returned back to Benares after completing the one year contract.

Because of his ill health he was unable to publish his writing named Hans and handed over to the Indian Literary Counsel. In the year 1936, he was nominated as first President of Progressive Writers’ Association at Lucknow. Because of the persistent illness, he died on 8th of October in the year 1936. His last and one of the premium Hindi novels is Godaan. He never moved outside the country for writing or studying purposes that’s why he never became renowned among foreign literary figures. Kafan is also the best writing of him of the year 1936. His last story writing is Cricket Match which was published after his death in Zamana in the year 1937.

Munshi Premchand Stories

Some popular stories of Premchand are:

Adeeb Ki Izat
Bade Bhai Sahab
Beti ka Dhan
Boodhi Kaki
Cricket Match
Duniya ka Sabse Anmol Ratan
Durga ka Mandir
Gupt Dhan
Hinsa Parmo Dharma
Ishwariya Nyaya
Namak Ka Daroga
Panch Parameshvar
Poos ki raat
Putra Prem
Sajjanata ka dand
Shatranj ke khiladi (Hindi)
Shatranj ki bazi (Urdu)

Premchand Novels

Asrar-e-Ma’abid (Urdu)
Devasthan Rahasya (Hindi)
Prema (Hindi)
Hamkhurma-o-Ham Sawab (Urdu)
Roothi Rani
Soz-e-Watan (collection)
Vardaan (Hindi)
Jalwa-e-Isar (Urdu)
Seva Sadan (Hindi)
Bazaar-e-Husn (Urdu)
Premashram (Hindi)
Gosha-e-Afiyat (Urdu)
Rangbhoomi (Hindi)
Chaugan-e-Hasti (Urdu)
Kaayakalp (Hindi)
Parda-i-Majaz (Urdu)
Pratigya (Hindi)
Bewa (Urdu)
Gaban (also transliterated as Ghaban)
Karmabhoomi (Hindi)
Maidan-e-Amal (Urdu)
Mangalsootra (incomplete)

Premchand ki kahaniya in Hindi


दुनिया का सबसे अनमोल रतन

सप्‍त सरोज







मानसरोवर : भाग एक व दो


प्रेमचंद की प्रमुख कहानी

पंच परमेश्‍वर

गुल्‍ली डंडा

दो बैलों की कथा


बडे भाई साहब

पूस की रात


ठाकुर का कुंआ


बूढी काकी



दूध का दाम



असरारे मआबिद उर्फ़ देवस्थान रहस्य

हमखुर्मा व हमसवाब

सेवासदन (1918)

बाजारे-हुस्‍न (उर्दू)

प्रेमाश्रम (1921)

गोशाए-आफियत  (उर्दू)

रंगभूमि (1925)

कायाकल्‍प (1926)

निर्मला (1927)

गबन (1931)

कर्मभूमि (1932)

गोदान (1936)

मंगलसूत्र प्रेमचंद का अधूरा उपन्‍यास है।



संग्राम (1923

कर्बला (1924)

प्रेम की वेदी (1933)


Munshi Premchand Photo and Images

Premchand library in his birth place Lamhi VillageIt is the beautiful picture of the Library of the Munshi Premchand which is located at his birth place called, Lamhi village. The library has collection of various photos of Shripat Rai, Amrit Rai and Premchand, various medals and books.

Munshi Premchand like the kite flying that is why kite is kept in his libraryIt is clear picture of the collection of the books in library having photo of the Mehtay Rai on the walls. These books are written by the Premchand. This picture also has the amazing photo of the kite which was much liked and used by the Premchand.

Gate of Munshi Premchand library with posters of his worksThis is the image of library gate showing the picture of various stages of the Munshi Premchand as well as his great works.

Munshi Premchand Lamhi VillageThis is the Munshi Premchand Smriti Dwar, an entering gate to the Lamhi village from main road. Both side of the gate has picture of cow, men and written smaraks.

Decoration at the Gate of Lamhi VillageThis is the picture taken to specially show the decoration of the gate, written smaraks and culture of the time of Munshi Premchand.

Decoration at the Gate of Lamhi VillageThis is the picture showing the decorations of the gate of the Lamhi village.

Memorial of Munshi PremchandThis is the main gate of the Memorial of the Munshi Premchand named Munshi Premchand Smarak, Lamhi.

Inside view of memorial of Munshi PremchandThis is the picture of the inside view of the memorial of the Munshi Premchand showing the photo of the Munshi Premchand in the middle of memorial.

Statue of Munshi PremchandThis is the image of the Munshi Premchand statue kept inside the memorial with the collection of various books.

Premchand's paintings at his memorialThis is the picture showing the collection of paintings of the Munshi Premchand kept inside his memorial.

Premchand's novel posters at his memorialThis is the picture showing the novel posters written by the Munshi Premchand and kept in his memorial.

Premchand's books poster at his memorialThis is the picture showing the books posters written by the Munshi Premchand and kept inside the memorial.

Premchand's painting shows the story of his novelsThis is the picture of the paintings by Munshi Premchand demonstrating his novels stories.

Photo of Premchand and his wife at his memorialThis is the picture showing the photograph of the Munshi Premchand and his wife kept inside his memorial.

Poster of Namak ka DarogaThis is the picture showing the posters of his great writing “Namak Ka Daroga”.

House build by Munshi PremchandThis is the picture of the two storey house build by Munshi Premchand.

Premchand's homeThis is the close up view of the home of Munshi Premchand.

Birth place of Munshi PremchandThis is the photo of birth place of Munshi Premchand and his paternal living place.

Descendants of Munshi PremchandThis is the image showing the descendants of him with Adhyaksh, Sureshchandra Dube.

Scan Copy of His academic and professional documents
This is the Intermediate certificate of the Munshi Premchand passed out from the “University of Allahabad” in 1916.
This is the certificate of Munshi Premchand of Bachelor degree of Arts passed out from the “University of Allahabad” in 1919.
This is the Junior English Teachers Certificate of Munshi Premchand of Government Central College Allahabad.

This is the image showing the Niyukti Patra of job of Munshi Premchand.

This is the picture showing his hand written samples of his writings in many languages like Hindi, Urdu and English.

This is the picture of his Urdu hand written samples of his great writings collected in the library.

This is the picture of his Hindi hand written samples of his great writings collected in the library.

This is the picture of his English hand written samples of his great writings collected in the library.

This is the Entrance Certificate of Munshi Premchand from the University of Allahabad in 1899.

This is the picture showing his job details means the time of joining and his promotions.

This is the real map of home of the Munshi Premchand collected in his library.

This is the picture showing the graphical representation of the descendants of the Munshi Premchand.

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