Uday Prakash is an Indian journalist, author, poet, translator, scholar who mostly wrote in Hindi. He was born on January 1, 1952, in Sitapur, Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, India. Since he hails from a backward village, it was his teacher who brought him and educated him.
He studied science till his graduation and then shifted to Hindi literature for his post-graduation. Saugar University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are his alma maters. Saugar gave him a gold medalist for his performance. He was actively involved in politics but lost interest in it when the police imprisoned him for being a member of the communist party.
In 1978, he started working at Jawaharlal Nehru University. After two years, he then took up the job at Madhya Pradesh's Department of Culture as an Officer-on-Special-Duty. While working there, he was also controlling the Rabindra Bhawan and was the editor of Poorvagraha, a Hindi journal.
Later though, he became a staunch oppose of their ideology. He has also headed Eminence, an English magazine. He has worked for Dinmaan and Sunday Mail. He began teaching at School of Social Journalism and coached deputation there. He also headed the TI TV Concept and Script Department of ITV. After changing so many teaching and editing jobs, he quit everything in 1993 and focussed on free-lance writing.
Some of his well-known works are Peelee Chhatri Wali Ladki, Cheeni Baba, Mohan Das, Suno kārīgara, Ek Bhasha Hua Karati Hai, Raat Mein Harmonium, Paul Gomra Ka Scooter, Aur Ant Mein Prarthna, and Nai Sadi Ka Panch Tantra. Peelee Chhatri Wali Ladki is his most successful book.
Kala Anubhav, Amritsar: Indira Gandhi Ki Aakhiri Ladai and Ek Purush Dedh Purush are some of his translation works. Robert Hueckstedt, Lothar Lutze, Amit Tripurnaini, Jason Grunebaum, Andre Penz, and Vinit Utpal are some of the writers who had translated his works into languages like German, English, Urdu, and much more. Filmmakers and writers have also adapted his works for movies, plays, and TV shows.
He has also created films on eminent figures of Hindi literature to create awareness among the youth. He used to love to participate and compete in international poetry and writing competitions. He has won the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Puraskar, Sahityakaar Samman, Sahitya Akademi award, and much more.
He was also a finalist for the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature. However, in 2015, he gave up his Sahitya Akademi to protest the killing of M. M. Kalburgi, a Hindu scholar.