mahadevi: Trust set up by Mahadevi Verma to seek funds to realize his dreams | Allahabad News

PRIYAGRAJ: As the city and country paid rich tributes to celebrated author and one of the Four Pillars of Chhayavad, Mahadevi Verma, on his 115th birthday on Saturday, TOI discovered that his dream of having a fully-fledged library and publishing house for Hindi literature and work still remains unfulfilled.
It was in 1985 when one of the four pillars of the Chhayavad era of Hindi literature (1922-1938), Mahadevi Verma founded the Sahitya Sahakar Trust. The purpose of the trust was to establish a publishing house while providing a library for students in Sangam Town and other places. However, the dream of the renowned writer, who wrote a number of immortal stories and poems, did not see the light of day and remained his unfulfilled dream. It was only about two years after the establishment of the trust that Mahadevi breathed his last on September 11, 1987. also some major industrial houses in the country to seek help for the trust with the funds necessary for the dream of the famous personality can come true.
Chayavad is called the era of neo-romanticism in Hindi literature, especially Hindi poetry and spans from 1922 to 1938. The four famous literati of Chhayavad era of Hindi literature are Jaishankar Prasad, Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala ‘, Sumitranandan Pant and Mahadevi Verma.
Trust Secretary Brijesh Kumar Pandey said, “We have made the library functional by pooling money from members of the trust and since then Mahadevi ji had very friendly relations with many eminent people in the country including Basant Kumar Birla and Sarla. Birla, we decided that why not approach the big business houses and the government as well so that her dream can come true.
The trust has already sent numerous letters to government departments requesting financial assistance, but no response has been received. The then Chief Minister of State, Veer Bahadur Singh, had attended Mahadevi’s funeral in 1987 and assured to donate Rs 10 lakh to the trust, but that too was never honored.
Santosh Singh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Hindi at Allahabad University, says: “Mahadevi, born March 26, 1907 in Farrukhabad, spent most of her life in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad). She was married to Swaroop Narayan Verma in 1916 but remained “single” all her life. Dressed in a white outfit, she slept on the “chowki” (wooden bed). Even after marriage, she did not give up her studies and she breathed her last on September 11, 1987 in Prayagraj.
Senior literati Yash Malviya said that once Mahatma Gandhi came to Anand Bhavan. Meanwhile, Mahadevi recited poetry at Ishwar Sharan College and received a silver bowl as a reward. When Mahadevi met ‘Bapu’ with this bowl and told him that a silver bowl had been presented to him for his poetry, Bapu said to him, ‘will you continue to flaunt with a silver bowl or will you make a work for freedom’. When Mahadevi said what could she do, Gandhi said, ‘Donate this bowl for freedom’ and without any hesitation she donated this bowl.