Shivani (Gaura Pant) was one of the popular Hindi magazine story writers of the 20th century and a pioneer in writing Indian women based fiction.
Her first novel, Lal Haveli, established her reputation in the early decade of 1960.After that, she produced several major works which were serialised in the Hindi magazine, Dharmayug. Proficient in many other languages including Sanskrit, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu, and English, Shivani received the Padma Shri for her contribution to Hindi literature in 1982.
Through her writings, she also made the culture of Kumaon, somewhat known to Hindi-speaking Indians across the country.
Her novel 'Kariye Chima' was made into a film, while her other novels including 'Surangma', 'Rativilaap', 'Mera Beta', and 'Teesra Beta' have been turned into Television serials.
In 1951, her short story, 'Main Murga Hun' (I am a Chicken) was published in Dharmayug, and she became Shivani, from Gaura Pant.
She was a prolific writer, having been written over 40 novels, many short stories and hundreds of articles and essays. Her most famous works include Chaudah Phere, Krishnakali, Lal Haveli,Samshan Champa, Bharavi, Rati Vilap, Vishkanya, Apradhini(a collection of interviews with women lifers); travelogues: 'Yatriki', based on her London travels and 'Chareivati', based on her travels to Russia.
Towards the end of her life, Shivani took to autobiographical writings, first sighted in her book, 'Shivani ki Sresth Kahaniyan', followed by her two-part memoir, 'Smriti Kalash' and 'Sone De'.
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